My Saturday morning read today is The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.
‘What They Feel, How They Communicate: Discoveries from a Secret World.’
I started this book some weeks ago now. It’s one that I dip in and out of and it’s taking me a while to read – this is not through hardship but simply because it is so fascinating and I keep flipping back to re read sections. For me it’s a long, slow, luxurious read and I’m rather enjoying the process.
Trees are truly incredible things. I have always felt drawn to them. We know how vital they are to our existence and that of our natural world but in addition to even their incredible ability to provide us with the very air that we breathe, they are so much more complex then I could ever have imagined.
Of course story tellers have seen their magical contribution for many, many years. Tolkien gave us talking and moving trees. Trees that can communicate and will come together to fight an external threat. I myself, when writing a radio play some years back, used a tree for my wisest and most atmospheric narrator.
To walk amongst them can provide comfort in times of stress. They support and nourish each other (and us in the form of clean oxygen!). So I am very much enjoying getting to know them better through Peter’s book.
Plants communicating by means of sound waves? That makes me curious to know more, because people also communicate using sound waves. Might this be a key to getting to know trees better? To say nothing of what it would mean if we could hear whether all was well with beeches, oaks, and pines, or whether something was up. Unfortunately, we are not that far advanced, and research in this field is just beginning. But if you hear a light crackling the next time you take a walk in the forest, perhaps it won’t be just the wind…The Language of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
Have a lovely weekend and happy reading!