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WELLcoming Alder Trees into Your Life

Explore and discover the Alder tree from the wetland ecosystem.

Learn - Know - Celebrate - Write - Share about Alder Trees


Alder Trees are the Educators of Nature - Listen Well!


For Febrauary 2021: Alder

  • Feb 3, 2021 - Introduction
  • Feb 10, 2021 - How the Alder Serves Nature
  • Feb 17, 2021 - Metaphoric Meaning
  • Feb 24, 2021 - Showing Alder Some Love
Alder Branch Spring

Branch of young leaves of alder in the spring

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Alder Canadian Tree

Introduction: Alder

Alder Branch Snow Winter

Branch of Alder with male and female catkins covered with snow in winter - vertical black and white image

Alder Rings

You can count alder age by his cut.

Alder Walk N&W
Alder Walk S&E

Will take more pics along my walks!

Alder (Alnus) - member of the Birch (Betulaceae) family 

There are the "common" "red" "green" "mountain" "river" #speckled"  alders ... 

Their character is complex
Time spent with them has its rewards

Celebrate their immediacy, their fertility
Both threads are their contribution

Short lived like a person's life
They get to work with ease

Living clustered, they have a busy look
Filling in the landscape

Watery ground holds them
As they hold the ground as pioneer growth

Transformation accompanies them
As other trees and plants follow the path

Alder Drawing

Hand drawing - Stephen Hobbs, January 2021

Resources:

Walking With Trees. Glennie Kindred -- Amazon link

Guide to the Common Native Trees and Shrubs of Alberta. Government of Alberta -- Pg. 34


How the Alder Serves Nature - Humans

Alder Helps Nature

They hint of a boggy place as warning
Improve the soil with nitrogen content

The wood was burnt for smoking fish
As they were used for making charcoal

Burrs of the tree trunks were carved
To become offering bowls by artisans 

Under water conditions they become strong
Useful in building bridges, boats, and foundations

Alder Leaf Stream

The alder leaf in shinning drops of mountain stream. Drops lightpainting. Detail of rotten green alder leaf lay on dark stone in blurred mirror water of mountain river. First autumn leaves.

Metaphoric Meaning: Alder

Alder Metaphoric Meaning

While not the showiest of trees, they do offer much to our solefull, soulful journey

The alder highlights insights from our inner-outer balancing
They bring the complementary story of water and fire to your journey
Water as a reminder of reflection in and on your life
Fire as an expression of boldness and transformation in your transition

They hint at rebirth, the movement from old to your awareness of new
And when you ask the alder, they share the why from this world and the otherworld when you listen

When you look at them, there is a background story of mystery through their clustering in boggy areas
Sight lines are often obscured to see, so more about to sense

They nurse the soil for other trees as they hint at what is below the surface for you as a key to your ecocreation thinking and actions

Bring their essence to your living and working, to your life as you reclaim what it means to be fully human, to be natural, and to be planetary

alder leaf autumn

alder catkin


Giving Alder Some Love: Alder

Alder Tree Love

Jump over to Google - in the search bar: type in Alder ... and you'll see a forest of videos like those below.
Also, I added a few images and articles you might enjoy - all in the effort of showing Alder some LOVE!

To the right - a walk among the alders - winter! ->

Alder Tree identification
Alder Tree Leaves
Article: Alder Tree (UK) ... read here 
-((selected for Trees in Cities)


Article: Alder Tree (UK) ... read here  
-((mentions alders become guitars, near the end))

Article: Alder Tree (Canada, BC) ... read more 
-((distribution and overview for BC))

Wikipedia: Alder Tree - overview ... link here
-((lists various types by location))

If you have images - stories - videos that would inform others about the Story of the Alder Tree ...

Please use the Contact Form and we''ll make arrangements to add them to this page with attribution to you!

In celebration of the Alder Tree - TU!

 When you listen you learn; where you share you educate ...
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