I have come to know this tree. Sometimes it is my destination on a short walk and at others a resting place on a longer journey. I have approached it from all angles and know at which point on each path I will be able to see it from. It is breathtakingly beautiful on the edge of this hillside with the segmented agricultural land and distant hills lying beyond. In contrast to other trees in this area who’s branches reach eastwards, blown by the westerly winds; it stands tall, sheltered by the hill top. I have visited throughout the seasons, in all kinds of weather, and have never tired of the wonder of it. If anything the tree becomes more magical and more interesting with each new experience. There is something comforting about the process of visiting, and revisiting places in this way, and getting to know them more intimately over time. A special bond is created, where the place (the tree) and its story becomes interwoven with our own story, not unlike the bonds we make with the special people in our lives. I have no doubt that I will visit again soon, and simply cannot stay away for too long, without feeling a yen to be there.
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