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Call for Submissions: Festival of the Trees 60 with Rubies in Crystal

Host: Rubies in Crystal

Deadline: May 29

Email to: brenda.clews [at] gmail [dot]com — or use the contact form on our Submit page

Theme: Trees in sound & motion: arboreal conversations

Important! Put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line of your email

The Festival of the Trees 60th edition is all about expanding your arboreal horizons. This month our host Brenda of the Rubies in Crystal blog challenges each of us to share a conversation with trees. We are asked to observe our own engagement with trees, and record it—with video, audio, slideshow, or any other creative composition we can dream up.

Consider this your Director’s License, complete with the big high chair (wooden, of course). When you create your tree submissions, be conscious of the role of the spectator. Each viewer will have a different experience from your own experience with the trees. Share something which invites your audience to take a seat, listen, and reflect on the different ways that humans perceive trees – or become more aware of their own regard for trees and forests.

Here’s a little multimedia arboreal inspiration to kick things off:

cherry blossom haiku (who else is listening with you at dawn?)

The Beauty of Denmark, Botanical Ecosystem (does the camera follow your eye, or does your eye follow the camera?)

Ecology: Forest Canopy Freestyle Rap (what’s more to explore than the eyes can see?)

Tree Bird Moon Ghost (what do you hear in the forest? how would you translate it?)

All tree-related submissions are considered, so as you wander the web this month, keep the Festival in mind and send us links to any tasty trees you find! Submission deadline is Sunday May 29th.

Festival 59: Rally the Kindred

The Festival of the Trees 59 is now online at Spirit Whispers, and serves as a rally cry for all the tree-minded kindred.

This month’s artistic host Suzi Smith called upon contributors to share the ways in which they are inspired by trees. In Festival 59 Suzi weaves a tale of tree-guarding crusaders. Through her arboreal lens, each person who harkens the call of the trees is a defender of forests. We may be called upon to plant saplings in annual ritual, craft metal to mimic the sparkle of leaves, pull on our boots and sail through forest trails on an ORV, or strap on our climbing gear and scale trees to learn their biological secrets.

Get into the spirit with the Festival of the Trees 59, courtesy of your fellow tree-watchers.

Submission Deadline: April 29th

The deadline for the Festival of the Trees 59 is Friday, April 29th.

Send in your tree-related submissions to Suzanne of the Spirit Whispers blog. Read the call for submissions for details and inspiration.

Remember: you can send more than just your own links. We invite you to share your April tree discoveries too.

Got a blog? Love trees? Volunteers are needed for future editions of the Festival of the Trees — contact us to host.

Call for Submissions: Festival of the Trees 59 with Spirit Whispers

Host: Spirit Whispers
Deadline: April 29
Email to: suziscribbles [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk — or use the contact form on our Submit page
Theme: How do trees inspire you?
Important! Put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line of your email

“The tree is more than first a seed, then a stem, then a living trunk, and then dead timber.  The tree is a slow, enduring force straining to win the sky.”

— Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert

For Festival 59 our host Suzanne of the Spirit Whispers blog asks, how do trees inspire you? This April share something about trees that makes you tick! Show us where trees motivate you to action, whisper to your soul or heart or mind, intersect your life, and inspire you to create, discover, express, investigate, heal, or grow.

Among white oaksDo trees thrill you into forest romps? Do trees catalyze your conservation goals? Do you have a mascot tree? Perhaps there is a tree or a grove in your past which put you on the ecologist’s or ranger’s path? Does your community gather around a tree or other woodland place? How has the shade of a tree brought new ideas to light?

Tell us about trees that have afforded you a new perspective. Share your tree inspirations in word, image, sound, or other creation, then publish at your blog, portfolio, or website, and submit the permalink.

The inspiration continues: send us links to tree and forest related posts, videos, and other content that you find throughout the month. Ready to volunteer to host the Festival of the Trees at your blog? Contact us to pick your month.

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 28th

The deadline for the Festival of the Trees 58 is Monday, March 28th.

Send in your tree-related submissions to Georgia of the local ecologist blog. Read the call for submissions for details and inspiration.

Remember: you can send more than just your own links. If you find something tree-licious online, share it with us!

Got a blog? Love trees? Volunteers are needed for future editions of the Festival of the Trees — contact us to host.

Call for Submissions: Festival of the Trees 58 with local ecologist

 Tree @ Latitude Festival, Suffolk by Tim Parkinson

photo by Tim Parkinson (Creative Commons Attribution license)

Host: local ecologist
Deadline: March 28
Email to: info [at] localecology.org — or use the contact form on our Submit page
Theme: Arbor Day celebrations & other real-world tree festivals
Important! Put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line of your email

Gather your ribbons, flags, and shovels! The Festival of the Trees 58 honors Arbor Day celebrations and other real-world tree festivals. Our returning host is Dr. Georgia Silvera Seamans of the local ecologist, a blog of “wide ranging urban ecological ruminations.” Georgia previously hosted Festivals #33 which covers the tree gamut (silo trees, tree top adventures, anyone?) and #40 which explores the innumerable benefits of trees.

This month we invite you to share the news about tree festivals, Arbor Day tree plantings, and other celebrations of trees and forests. Tree-lighting ceremonies, chain-saw competitions, logging shows, wood crafts, tree-planting events, and giddy woodland frolics are all welcome for a complimentary booth at the Festival of the Trees 58.

Remember you can send us links to news about tree celebrations other than your own. Be sure to submit the complete permalink to your article/post/media so we can include it.

Contact us to volunteer to host an edition of the Festival of the Trees at your blog.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 27th

The deadline for the next Festival of the Trees fast approaches! Send tree goodies to host Rebecca in the Woods; click here for details.

Remember that we welcome recommendations as well as submissions. If you run across a blog post or news article that seems perfect for the festival, do send it in. Remember also to submit complete permalinks so Rebecca can find submissions quickly.

If you haven’t posted anything about trees yet this month, what are you waiting for? Visit the pine tree in your backyard, the buds swelling in the orchard, or the birds returning to nest in the cottonwoods. Of reaching rhododendrons, blog! Of savanna treetops, blog! Make way, the Festival! And if you’re feeling especially enthusiastic, volunteers are needed for May and beyond — contact us to host.

Call for Submissions: Festival of the Trees 57 with Rebecca in the Woods

Host: Rebecca in the Woods
Deadline: February 27
Email to: rebecca [dot] deatsman [at] gmail [dot] com — or use the contact form on our Submit page
Theme: Open — all things trees, forests & wood
Important! Put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line of your email

live oak from Rebecca in the WoodsThe Festival of the Trees 57 will take us to the blog home of regular contributor Rebecca of Rebecca in the Woods. If the Festival of the Trees is partly an exercise in attentiveness and awareness, then we’re sure to be at home among Rebecca’s thoughtful, observant pages where she reports from the dunes of the Georgia coast.

Rebecca is keeping the theme open this month for all things tree. As an environmental educator, her words and images read like friendly invitations to view the natural world through the unencumbered perspectives of youth. When you’re out among the trees this month, try donning a funky pair of shades, or walking the opposite direction on your daily paths, or sitting for a while in the same place, and see what you notice differently. Who and what else share the trees where you live?

Blog your observations and send us the links! Ready for more tree fun? Contact us to volunteer to host an edition of the Festival of the Trees at your blog.

Call for Submissions and Hosts, Jan 30th deadline

Sunday January 30th is our deadline for submissions. Here’s your three-scoop-sundae of the latest news from Festival of the Trees:

Item One: Our returning host Ash of the treeblog welcomes submissions of all things arboreal for Festival 56. Deadline for submissions is Sunday, January 30th. Send your tree-related submissions to: mail [at] treeblog [dot] co [dot] uk — or use the contact form on the Submit page.

Item Two: More information now available at The Festival of the Trees coordinating blog! We’ve added more details about the Festival, and a bit about blog carnivals in general, as well as information about how to volunteer. Which brings us to…

Item Three: Calling all bloggers! The Festival of the Trees seeks volunteer blog hosts for the next Festival, #57, and beyond in 2011. Has it been a while since the Festival of the Trees graced your homepage? Want to try your sealegs on your first blog carnival? Contact us to volunteer to host the Festival of the Trees today.

May the trees be with you!

Call for Submissions: Festival of the Trees 56 Returns to treeblog

Host: treeblog
Deadline: January 30
Email to: mail [at] treeblog [dot] co [dot] uk — or use the contact form
Theme: Open — all things trees, forests & wood
Important! Put “Festival of the Trees” in the subject line of your email

black birch snagGrab your walking stick: it’s time to traipse back along the trail to treeblog for the Festival of the Trees issue #56. We last visited Ash at the treeblog in 2010 for Festival 44. He never fails to deliver the finest of forested delights (for a majorly inspiring introduction to treeblog, check out Ash’s most recent post, “The Major Oak of Sherwood Forest“).

For Festival 56 Ash welcomes tree-related submissions of all persuasions. If you’re familiar with his blog you know that Ash doesn’t just sit behind his desk, pining for piñons — he’s out and about, camera in hand. Take a page out of the treeblog and follow your feet to a new forest. Don’t have a lot of time? Try squeezing in a few minutes for trees in the wee hours, gaze on the garden in a new light (perhaps in those dim, star-lit predawn hours). Do you know what trees do at midnight? Do tell (and then send us the link)!

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