Monday, December 4, 2006

pickin' out the tree...



Here we are picking out our Christmas tree! How 'bout this one?

Not really, just kidding, these beautiful Fraser fir trees are on top of Mt. LeConte in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are safe from us humans, never to be cut down for Christmas trees, but are dying from the attack of the balsam woolly adelgid. This picture was taken on our trip there this last September.

We used to go out into the woods looking for Christmas trees, or go to a local tree farm, but now we have one that comes out of a box, pre-lit, no muss no fuss.

5 comments:

doubleknot said...

Oh it is so sad the trees are dying. Isn't there anything the forestry department can do?

Motherkitty said...

We also have a lovely tree in a box. Right now it's sitting on the couch waiting for yours truly to put it together.

When the kids were little and still at home, we used to purchase a "real" tree every year. The smell was wonderful and the cats loved climbing into the branches and knocking ornaments off and batting them around. It got expensive, dangerous, and messy over the long run so we decided to get an artificial one. Ours doesn't have the lights already on it (have to do a little work putting it up) but it looks real enough when it's decorated.

Too bad about those beautiful trees in Mt. LeConte dying. I guess if they knew how to save them, the trees wouldn't be dying.

bluemountainmama said...

yes- such a shame about the wooly agelgids. the whole landscape of the blue ridge parkway has changed between those, acid rain, and other different types of pests. we still buy a real tree. i can't make myself do a fake one yet, even though i know they're easier( and it would probably make my hubby a lot happier). i just have such fond memories of hiking out into the woods on our farm and finding the "perfect" tree when i was growing up.

John Cowart said...

When our kids were little we'd always go out in the woods to cut a pine for our Christmas tree. I miss those trips.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

I remember when the kids were little we always went out and chopped a tree down...it was our tradition and my son & daughter still go out and chop down their trees for Christmas. I merely unbox mine nowadays. It's small & cute and not messy.

Last summer when we were in the Smokey Mountains it was sad to see so many fir trees dieing of the wooley mite desease. It's not just in the park either, and it's a shame such beautiful trees falling to disease.