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All About the Eastern Red Cedar

By wildflowers
November 23, 2011

If I were asked what I love most about this tree, I probably couldn't give just one attribute, but the first thing that comes to mind is how much I enjoy the pleasant fragrance the tree emits, and how its handsome stature makes a perfect Christmas tree. But then maybe it's because it's so beneficial to songbirds and other wildlife, protecting and feeding so many over winter. Or maybe it's how much history the tree has, or how it provides medicine for many.

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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Nov 23, 2011 3:12 PM CST
I wanted you to see this old Eastern Red Cedar tree. It stands near an old mostly abandoned cemetery in the Land Between the Lakes here in western Kentucky. When I first found it I realized it reminded me of the old legend, the one that says the souls of our ancestors rest within the tree. I could almost see those old souls in the gnarls of the tree trunk.

The Land Between the Lakes is the property between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, government owned and obtained from the people who resided there when both lakes were built. Houses, towns, churches were all abandoned, some torn down, but most cemeteries were left as they were. This tree has seen it all, and it looks as if it carries the weight of all the burdens of all those displaced people.

I like its beauty and its dignity. It's an old Grandfather Tree to me.

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flaflwrgrl
Nov 23, 2011 4:29 PM CST
Amen.

I see a white buffalo in it.
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wildflowers
Nov 23, 2011 5:36 PM CST
Oh wow, Sharon! It really does have that old wise grandfather look! I love it.

Thanks for sharing your gnarly spirit tree.
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Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Nov 23, 2011 6:01 PM CST
Big Grin
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