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"Lying there among the trees, despite a learned wariness towards anthropomorphism, I find it hard not to imagine these arboreal relations of tenderness, generosity and even love..."

Then quoting Louis de bernieres about "a relationship that lasted into old age... 'we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.'" From the remarkable book, "Underland; A Deep Time Journey", by Robert Macfarlane