If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
Henry David Thoreau
We don't live in the woods, and yet there are woods everywhere here. This is because everywhere we go, there is firewood for sale, and trees cut down and in pieces. Really, on just about every block. A lot of people here have wood burning stoves, even our next door neighbor. I have never seen so much wood in any year I have been alive, and that's plenty of years! My header is a photo I snapped from a book. It is a section of recently living mahogany, magnified 400 times with a light microscope. What you see are the bundles of tubular cells that carry the nutrients from the soil to the tree. It is the trees vascular system. Did you know that not all wood floats? Many of the heavier kinds do not. There are over thirty different kinds of trees mentioned in the bible, and God talks about seven at once in Isaiah. The tree with the worlds greatest recorded root depth? A fig tree in South Africa. One of it's roots goes down over 390 feet. Somehow, this doesn't surprise me.
"I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, and fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it." Isaiah 41:19,20