Submissions: GOOD Reader's Favorite Trees
Early October, we asked you, the GOOD community, to help us create a Picture Show about your favorite trees. During the month, we received images that captured many aspects of trees, including old gnarled roots and branches in full bloom.
Unfortunately, we were unable to fit all of the entries into the slide show. But we did our best to select a handful that represents these incredible plants. (Captions by the photographers.) Above, we present to you the collaborative Picture Show created by none other than you, the GOOD community.
Now we need your help: Vote on your favorite submission by commenting below. The winning entry will be announced November 5, featured on our homepage, and printed in the next issue of GOOD. We’ll also send a GOOD T-shirt and a free subscription (or gift subscription) to the winner.
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"Maples only really grow in one spot in Texas, the aptly-named Lost Maples State Park. We went there two years ago and of course took loads of pictures. This is my favorite."
- Todd Dwyer
"Old birch tree on my property up north on Drummond Island, an island just east of Michigan's upper peninsula. An ex-boyfriend and I carved our initials into it years ago. Because of the way the tree healed, it reminds me to open my heart and forget the past."
- Stephanie Bohde
"I saw this little tree on a walk through a refugee tent camp outside
of Port Au Prince. This sign of life in the midst of such devastation
and loss stopped me in my tracks and reminded me that even the most
dire of circumstance, there is hope."
- Shannon Hannon
"Since my childhood and into my adult years, my family has never missed our annual holiday light drive together. For obvious reasons, this breathtaking oak tree in Edina, Minnesota, adorned with an estimated 106,000 white lights, is always part of our route."
- Sarah Karnas
"A lone tree brightens a dreary winter day on my way to work in Muskegon, Michigan."
- Nolan Wells
"I've always loved climbing trees, as if their limbs are welcoming arms. This is one of my favorite trees in Houston, Texas.
- Michelle Tovar
"These three simple pine trees stand tall, right behind my back yard fence in Mandeville, Louisiana. But they stand alone and interest me a great deal. Trinity, anyone?"
- Michael Tucker
"This is my favorite tree in Milwaukee. I live in Florida and love to see the beautiful Fall colors, so I am making a new tradition of visiting my Midwestern family every October."
- Julie Herold
"This picture is from Rock Harbor, Orleans, Massachusetts. My favorite tree guides fishermen into the harbor."
- Jack Wyoscki
"I live on Bainbridge Island, just outside of Seattle, in the Puget Sound. This old, solitary maple tree sits in a big field near our town of Winslow, and I have photographed it in every season, with every camera I own. I love how it stands bold against the ravages of the seasons and the ever-changing sky. I have yet to capture it in the snow (we don’t get much snow here); perhaps this is the year for that photograph."
- Gary Bedell
"This tree speaks lengths about beauty for me. I found this tree in Washington at 4:30 a.m., and it captivates me today as much as it did when I first noticed it. I appreciate how isolated it is, and for me it evokes a type of soothing reverie, quiet yet speaking volumes about nature, power, ecosystem services and the idea of slow. In a time like now it can be helpful to be surrounded by, visit or be inspired by trees like this, contemplating these things that just may save our souls."
"This majestic old twin oak dominates our front yard in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. I never tire of watching it change with the seasons, but I find it most beautiful in winter when its form is fully revealed."
- Elie Porter Trubert
"In Columbia, Missouri, this tree is bare and black eleven months out of the year, but this is how I see it always: in full bloom ready to climb."
- Destiny Hritz
"This is one of my beloved Sugar Maples from my front yard. They turn the most beautiful colors in the fall. I often look out and there are people stopped, taking pictures of my beautiful trees. It warms my heart."
- Cheyenne Brenda
"This is one of those places that takes you back to childhood storybooks. You literally walk into the live oak as the tree forms a canopy around you. In autumn, clad in Christmas lights, it's the perfect locale for an impromptu dinner party. Here in Hale County, Alabama, heart of the rural South, these natural beauties provide some of the best venues."
- Blair Strapp
"My favorite tree is located next to the water in Leksand, Sweden. As you can see it is big and beautiful."
- Bere Hernandez
"This is a picture of a trees right in front of my old middle school on Long Island. There are lights surrounding the school and it gives the trees the most gorgeous color and illumination at night."
- Angela Datre