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Trees and Forest

Kew Garden, Photo by PH Morton

Kew Garden, Photo by PH Morton

Trees and Forest

Aren’t these trees beautiful?  Aren’t we lucky we have them?

We should look after them, the best we can.

Let’s say NO to deforestation; No to illegal logging!

Coconut trees

Coconuts in the mountain, photo by PH Morton

Do you know?

There are people who are scared of the thought and sight of trees and forests.

Some have pathological fear.

I do understand this in some ways. When I was very young, I tagged along with my father to go to our farm. As he was doing some farm and field chores, he told me to sit under the shade of a big Narra tree.

Anyway, it was so quiet that day, all I can hear was the occasional sound of wind brushing through leaves of trees around me.

As I looked up, I suddenly got very frightened of the many coconut trees. I felt they were looking at me. For some reason, I felt rather claustrophobic surrounded by trees. How strange was that – being claustrophobic in the open?!!!

Probably there is another word similar to claustrophobic but that is how it felt. Luckily the experience was a one off. I love trees, I love forests as well.  Hiking in forested area is fun, though they can appear rather mysterious.

Did you know?

Fear of trees and forest are very real, in fact, there are some official phobia terms allotted to them.

Dendrophobia is fear of trees.  It comes from two Greek words, Dendro for tree and phobia, of course, is fear.

Xylophobia 
is the fear of wooden objects or woods. Xylo is a Greek word for wood and phobia as before is fear.

Hylophobia is the fear of woods or wooden material as well. Hylo comes from the Greek word for forest.

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