Outdoor Hour–Nature Close To Home: Pine Trees

by Mikhail Lermontov, translated by Dmitri Smirnov
The poem was written in 1841. Published 1841. It is a free translation of “Ein Fichtenbaum steht einsam” by Heinrich Heine.

Upon the wild north the pine tree stands aloneAt the naked top of the mountain; It slumbers and sways, and is covered by The powdery snow as if by a mantle. And it dreams all the time: in the wilds far away In the land of the rising sun The cheerless and beautiful palm lonely stands And it grows on a gloomy cliff.

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The needles of the pine act like the strings of an aeolian harp; and the wind, in pass- ing through the tree, sets them into vibration, making a sighing sound which seems to the listener like the voice of the tree. Therefore, the pine is the most companionable of all our trees and, to one who observes them closely, each tree has its own tones and whispers a different story. “—HBN
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The above pic is of an Eastern White Pine tree that was across from our campsite on our recent family camping trip. Below are pics of the Pine tree we found when we went for a walk one late afternoon. We decided to use it for our Pine tree study. The boys LOVED it because it had some very low limbs that they were able to climb on.
1st pic: Trunk 2nd pic: Upper Limbs and Spray 3rd pic: Top needles and some of the last cones on the tree.
1st pic. The bark is lighter and smoother than the older pines around my house 2nd pic. The cones are also lighter. 3rd pic. There were more limbs lower on the tree than what I am used to seeing. After reading up on Pines and looking at this tree, I do believe this tree to be a younger Pine.

We picked this place to sketch in our journals because we had a wonderful view of the lake we were camping beside. We are now looking forward to next week’s Oak study!!
Check out this Link and this link for Tree Coloring pages and Activities.
Pine Tree Coloring page
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