The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World, by Peter Wohlleben, is an amazing book that delves into the lives of trees. Yes, you read that correctly, ‘delves into the lives of trees’.
Research affirms that trees are definitely sentient beings. They are communal, care for their neighbors and children, and care for their familial trees who are sick and/or on their deathbed.
They have memories and are cognizant, communicate through smell and other factors. They share food and water, and protect their young.
For me, trees have always been a blessing and a form of awe when I look at them. Peter Wohlleben’s book illuminates that concept, for me, and cemented my own lifelong opinions and theories on trees and their order in the world. Trees, of any shape, color, and size, have always fascinated me. I inhale their beauty, even in their deathly states.
I can’t begin to tell you how many photographs I have taken of trees. And, even though I have always treasured them, they will be held dearer to my heart than I thought possible. My love for them will be conveyed in a deeper respect and wonderment, as I view them within the surroundings of my environment and life.
I love wondering within a forest, and love hearing the song of the branches as they sway in the wind. I love watching the magical dance of trees, and their beautiful movements. I love the scent of the trees, their leaves, their bark, and their twigs that have fallen to the ground. The forest holds a sense of wonderment for me that words can not properly articulate.
Some of Wohlleben’s writing might seem a bit ‘cute’ or might sound immature at times, but I think that is due to the fact the author was trying to write in such a manner so the general audience could comprehend his facts and ideas. It is a book written so the reader can learn to appreciate, and to understand, the depth of the lives of trees, and lives they do have.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate-Discoveries from a Secret World, by Peter Wohlleben is an excellent resource for a high school library, and for those who want a better understanding of trees and their place in society, and for those who have an ambition to further their lives, and education, in biology and science related fields.
I totally enjoyed this book!