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I love Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week in celebration of Arbor Day. Here are some of my favorite trees from my travels.

The acacia tree just epitomizes Africa to me. They are beautiful by day and by night!

The maple below, on the Trinity College campus in Dublin, is about 200 years old and is one of the largest maple trees in all of Europe. Look at those cars in comparison!

Oregon Maple, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Oregon Maple, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

The tree below is my favorite one in this post, but I don’t know what kind it is! There were dozens of these lined up along the Rhine River promenade in Dusseldorf. We slept off some jet lag (and a few altbiers) under one of these on a sunny summer afternoon.

Some kind of cool tree, Rhine River Banks, Dusseldorf, Germany

Some kind of cool tree, Rhine River Banks, Dusseldorf, Germany

The trees below are the super-tough lenga, a species native to the southernmost part of South America, as well as Australia and New Zealand. This hardy tree can withstand the fierce winds and harsh climate of its extreme habitats. The trees often look dead, but they are not; I rather liked the scraped bark trunks that rose up out of the forest ground we walked through in the Patagonia region of both Chile and Argentina.

I have always loved willow trees. I used to sit under one and read when I was little and still find them very peaceful to look at.

Willow tree, Summer Palace, Beijing, China

Willow tree, Summer Palace, Beijing, China

The majesty of the evergreens in Glacier National Park on the U.S.-Canada border is matched only by the mountains.

Stately evergreens, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

Stately evergreens, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

 

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