“It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanates from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”
~Robert Louis Stevenson, (1850-1894) Scottish writer
There is an old crabapple tree in our yard. I suspect it is at least 40 years old. Each year we contemplate taking it down to avoid our yearly battle with apple scab. And yet, every spring when this tree blossoms and plays host to its variety of birds we decide to keep it around for another year. I simply refuse to remove a tree that continues to make me smile!