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November 22, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Giving Thanks to the Trees

Many people, other than the authors, contribute to the making of a book, from the first person who had the bright idea of alphabetic writing through the invention of the movable type to the lumberjack who felled the trees that were pulped for printing. It is not customary to acknowledge the trees themselves, though their commitment is total.  – Rada and Forsyth, Machine Learning

When I examine my bookshelves for the perfect book to read, I am always thankful for my books. I’ve never thought to be thankful for the trees, too.


11 Comments

  1. suehenryphotography / Nov 22 2008 9:41 am

    Thanks for the reminder – I’m guilty of not thinking about trees while reading my favorite books. I DO, however, feel like I’ve lost a good friend every time a tree is cut down. It’s especially painful when trees are cut down thoughtlessly and to simply be able to pour more concrete! UGH!

  2. Joanna Young / Nov 22 2008 1:35 pm

    Bo, that is a beautiful thought. I wonder if the gift that the trees have given is part of the reason we love books so much?

  3. Robin / Nov 22 2008 3:00 pm

    I never thought of it that way, and probably should have since it seems so obvious now.

    Thank you for the reminder. Every time I pick up a book I’ll thank the trees.

  4. Laurie / Nov 22 2008 7:01 pm

    Nice composition. The detail is really interesting here.

  5. rlovison / Nov 23 2008 6:03 am

    Beautiful shot Bo. I like the movement created by the grain of the wood.

  6. Marcie / Nov 23 2008 2:40 pm

    Fantastic detail. And – yes – we should be thankful for everything in our lives. Trees have stories too!

  7. lady.percy / Nov 23 2008 6:55 pm

    I love the textures in this picture! Nice work!

  8. visuallens / Nov 24 2008 1:16 am

    Great photo! I am sorry to say beside making books, the newspapers are using tons and tons of new prints too. That’s why the trees are heavily cutting down and causing concern by the NGOs.

  9. Gandalf / Nov 25 2008 8:01 am

    Thought provoking quote. The Giving Tree(s) are out there (but perhaps not quite as voluntary as Shel Silverstein might cause us to believe). The grain and texture in your photo is eye catching. I’m drawn both to the middle and endless loops around it.

    By the way – no electrons were harmed by this message. 🙂

  10. dinesh1201 / Nov 26 2008 2:00 am

    You’ve taken very great shots. Keep it up.
    Regards

    http://bigbracket.wordpress.com

  11. rick mobbs / Dec 1 2008 4:32 am

    wood moving like water

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