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This redwood is so named because of the enormous branches balanced on either side of the trunk, branching out approximately 100 feet above the ground, like a giant three-armed candelabra. The carved tunnel opening is quite wide, making it easier for larger vehicles to pass through.

This redwood is so named because of the enormous branches balanced on either side of the trunk, branching out approximately 100 feet above the ground, like a giant three-armed candelabra.
The carved tunnel opening is quite wide, making it easier for larger vehicles to pass through.

There are trees and there are TREES. Despite the disparaging comment by President Reagan, “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all,” the mighty redwood is an amazing tree.

Yet my first thought when I saw this Daily Prompt was not a single tree, but a tree house. I fine them fascinating. I’ve thought about building one. It does take the right tree or combination of trees, however. I have a book that shows how to properly secure the beams so that the trees to which the houses are attached may continue to move with the wind, and continue to grow. While some tree houses are platforms built into the branch structure of one large tree, often houses are suspended from three of four trees that lack a large branch structure. Tall pines with branches only on the upper section of the trunk are good. It’s amazing how much weight four trees can support!

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Swiss Family Robinson Tree House at Disneyland

Swiss Family Robinson Tree House at Disneyland

My first adventure into a tree house was at Disneyland back in the mid-fifties when the amazement park first opened. Yes. I know, most people call theme parks amusement parks. But at six- or seven-years old, it was, to me, a truly amazing park. The tree house I crawled all over was the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House. It was so totally cool. I’ve been back to Disneyland many, many times. And each time couldn’t wait to crawl around that majestic tree house—even as an adult. And now that I’m in Georgia, I have been a couple times to DisneyWorld down in Florida and enjoyed the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House there. Oh, and no, I’m not related to the Swiss Family Robinson’s. At least I don’t think so.

And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. Genesis 2:9

Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .


The Daily Post Prompt: Tree