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one of the most depressing things about this country (including ireland here) is that there are no trees. its a horrible barren green desert.


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it's true but apparently govt have committed to 17% coverage by 2050 which is admirable considering we are at 10% now.


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Egon Schiele - Four trees

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Greeks had a thing about trees

Dodona, Zeus, Jason of the Argonauts and oak trees

Athena, Poseidon, Hercules and olives

Persephone and the pomegranate

Agdistis, Nana, Attis, Phyllis and almond trees

Hera, Landon, the Hesperides, Paris, Eris, Helen of Sparta, Hercules, Atlas and apple trees

Apollo, Cyparissus and cedars

Sykeus, Demeter, Apollo plus crow and fig trees - sycophants = fig eaters

Eros, Apollo, Daphne, Pythia and laurels

Plane tree of Hippocrates and same tree with rape of Europa by Zeus


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Aye, dryads and oreiades

Δρυας Δρυαδες Ορειας Ορειαδες Dryas, Dryades, Oreias, Oreiades - Dryad, Dryads, Oread, Oreads

Of the Tree or Oak (drys), Of the Mountain (oros)

(1) The Meliai (Meliae) were nymphs of the ash-trees. They were born when Gaia (Gaea, the Earth) was impregnated by the blood of the castrated Ouranos (Uranus, the Sky). They were wed by the men of the Silver Age--in the time before the first woman was created--and from them mankind was descended.

(2) The Oreiades (Oreads) were nymphs of the mountain conifers. The eldest of these were daughters of the five Daktyloi (Dactyls) and five Hekaterides (Hecaterides). Subsequent generations were descended from these elder Oreiades and their brother Satyroi (Satyrs).
N.B. In ancient Greece most of the forests were located on the slopes of the rugged hills and mountains, sas the majority of the lowland forest had been cleared for farming. It was therefore natural for the Greeks to think of Dryades as mountain-dwellers.

(3) The Hamadryades (Hamadryads) were the nymphs of oak and poplar trees. They were usually connected with river-side trees and sacred groves.

(4) The Maliades, Meliades or Epimelides were nymphs of apple and other fruit trees and the protectors of sheep. The Greek word melas--from which their name derives--means both apple and sheep.

(5) The Daphnaie were nymphs of the laurel trees, one of a class of rarer tree-specific Dryad. Others included the Nymphai Aigeiroi (of black poplars), Ampeloi (of grape vines), Balanis (of the ilex), Karyai (of the hazel-nut), Kraneiai (of cherry-trees), Moreai (of the mulberry), Pteleai (of elm trees), and Sykei (of fig trees).

Many of these nymphs were associated with a broader domain--Oreiades were nymphs of the mountains, Alseides of the sacred groves, Aulonides of glens, Napaiai of vales.


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All pre-modern societies have a bit of a thing for trees, right? They make a big deal in different parts of the Bible about planting seeds that future generations will lie under. The world-tree concept at the base of Buddhism & Siddhartha's enlightenment.