Spring has sprung

Photograph © Daniel Jeffries. All rights reserved.

Thanks to an early wet season, a warm winter and summer-like temperatures, trees are in full, fresh regalia across northeast Oklahoma. I planted this Bald Cypress tree in my parents’ yard about 8 years ago and it’s already 25 feet tall. Bald Cypress has become one of my favorite trees in that time, for its fine leaves, lacy bark, naturally beautiful shape and its sheer resilience. No trees weathered the ice storms of 2007 like the Bald Cypress.

I try to plant a tree every year on Arbor Day, but have missed a few years, so this year, I planted eight trees: two Bald Cypress, two Tupelo Blackgum, two Tulip Poplar, one Loblolly Pine and one Chinese Elm. In no time, they’re going to be big, beautiful, full trees. Trees keep all us mouth-breathers alive. So give thanks to our woody friends!


Amiens, France, originally uploaded by dsjeffries.

Many people view life solely with a rough-and-tumble attitude. They do what they want, when they want, and if anyone tries to hamper them, you’d better watch out. Others, concerned that life is too delicate and fragile to take any risks, end up never truly living.

Life is fragile and ever-unfolding, like a budding rose, but like the rose, should never be kept under a glass cover. Because of its fragility, it’s wise to experience life to its fullest, dare to take risks, but always keeping a sense of balance and moderation. Go out there and live! Just remember to accept life for what it is: temporary.