There is an ancient Tao fable by the philosopher Zhuangzi about TheUseless Tree.
The Useless Tree was old and imperfect, with twisted limbs and crooked branches. The other trees made fun of The Useless Tree because it was old and rough, and the knotty wood made it profitless as lumber.
But Zhuangzi saw merit in The Useless Tree. Appreciate the tree for what it is, he said, and not for what it could be. You can rest in the shade of its branches and admire its unique character.
I love the trees. I love the variety of trees—their flowers, the different leaf shapes, their bark texture, the changing colors throughout the year, and full canopies of leaves that provide glorious shade. Beyond their appearance, trees can increase property values and reduce a home cooling bill by up to 50%. Environmentally speaking, trees are potent detoxifying agents, cleaning the air, and positively affect the physical and emotional well-being of humans.
And I love large, gnarly trees with twisted trunks that loom majestically in a forest or open field. Here are just a few of my favorites.