About three or four years ago an Aspen tree decided to take up residence in a corner of my small patio backyard area. The corner it chose happens to be about two feet from the gate. I didn't know what it was at first. It was only small sprout growing up between the red patio bricks when I initially became aware of it. Out of curiosity, I decided to let it grow instead of pulling it and tossing it aside. I had no idea if it was a weed or a flower or a bush. I was thrilled when I realized it was a beautiful tree. An Aspen tree. Here in Colorado, Aspen trees easily grow all over. They are beautiful, peaceful fast growing trees. I was concerned about the close proximity to the gate. Would I be blocked in or out? Today, I noticed this tree now reaches the same height as the roof of the second floor. It occurred to me that this tree is actually protecting me in many ways. It provides shade for my home and my little dachshund when he decides to take a nap outside. It provides privacy from the view of nearby neighbors. Like a sentinel, it stands tall and proud next to the gate. As if to protect and guard against what might enter the yard uninvited and I can still easily pass out of the gate if I need to go that way. I love to watch its medallion shaped leaves happily flicker and dance through the air in a way that reflects the light to show off various shades of green. Once again, nature proves itself to be more than what we can ever possibly begin to understand. Nature knows. It's been an interesting lesson for me (one of many and no doubt, more to learn) in letting go and trusting, letting things be as they are meant to be....Thanks to my Aspen tree.

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Comment by little wing on February 6, 2011 at 11:17pm
Nothing more magical than a grove of aspen, especially in fall.  I just expect to see fairies and elves peeking around the white bark.
Comment by Acorn Sunbeam on January 17, 2011 at 4:24pm
NOw they have determined that one of the oldest living organisms on the planet are the Aspen groves that are all one being connected via roots and may be over 1,000,000 years old!
Comment by Windwalkers on September 19, 2010 at 5:37pm
Aspen Tree Symbolism: Overcoming Fear

Aspen Tree Symbolism:Aspen tree symbolism includes determination and overcoming fears and doubts. Trees in general are almost universally a positive symbol: Nordic, Celtic, Indian, American Indian, Jewish, European and many other cultures all attach positive symbolic significance to trees. There are very rare stories in which a large tree may trap an individual or harm them in some way, but generally the tree is seen as a source of strength, shelter, protection and life. (Photo courtesy of Solipsist, Wikimedia Commons)
Aspen Tree Symbolism: Community

The aspen tree is significant in that it is also a symbol for the strength of community. Individual aspens live about 100 years. However, aspens reproduce by sprouting shoots from their roots. This allows them to grow in a cohesive grove. Even fire damage will not kill a grove of aspens if the roots remain alive. A grove is actually a single living organism that can reach several thousand years in age. By human standards, aspen groves are virtually immortal! In addition, the bark of aspen trees contains chlorophyll so that aspens can continue growing in the winter months.
Aspen Tree Symbolism: Strength through Diversity

Aspen SymbolAspen groves are healthiest when they include trees at all different levels of maturity. An aspen grove with only trees of a certain age is far more vulnerable to disease and natural disasters. In this way, aspen trees represent strength through diversity. If an organization or community of some type involves people who differ in some way (different occupations, different ages, different religious affiliations, different nationalities), the aspen would symbolize the strength of those people uniting for a particular cause or purpose.
Comment by space dust 777 on September 11, 2010 at 7:18am
what an enlightening experience~! I like what you say about letting go and trusting "letting things be as they are meant to be"

i bet that Aspen tree is singing...Namaste to the sun and wind and your kind spirit for letting go~!
Comment by Lonnie Berg on September 10, 2010 at 5:40pm
We can learn so much from nature if we only take the time....thanks Momma
Comment by Lonnie Berg on September 10, 2010 at 5:39pm
Awsome....I Love it. Too bad more people don't see nature as belonging where it wants to be, instead of trying to shape it to fit "OUR" needs and wants, I have about an acre and a half yard and I find myself constantly mowing around seedling trees when I notice them

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