Birches in northern Minnesota

I don’t know what I can even say, except that I am so grateful for the beauty of this earth in general, and for trees in particular. I’m grateful to trees for scientific reasons (like clean air!), and for mystical reasons like connection to the earth. Looking up at the space between branches, I get why the sky is referred to as “the heavens,” and putting my hand on tree bark, I get why some people hug trees for the oxytocin hit, for the psychological benefits, and as a way to connect to the divine on earth.