Secret Voices from the Forest: Thoughts and Dreams of North American Trees. Volume 1: The West. Text & Illustrations by Laura J. Merrill.
In these colorfully illustrated books, which provide interesting information and fun facts about the tree and other plants and animals in its environment, you will discover symbolic meanings of some of North America's trees -- some well-known (and some not so much). Each book in this series tells you about itself and its family and offers a personal message to mankind. When the plants of the British Isles were selected to be part of Celtic Tree Lore, the Ancients had no knowledge of Britain's sister continent, across the Atlantic-or the variety, beauty and unique qualities of the plant life that had developed there. This series of Tree Mysteries concerns trees that are native to North American - some found nowhere else in the world - and, remarkably - lets them speak for themselves!
"I love trees, believe they communicate with each other, and could teach us a lot. Does that make me nuts? Or just ahead of the crowd? Have you noticed that there are now scientists that are showing how trees communicate with the trees around them and with insects and other creatures? So how about You? I've talked to a lot of people who say they've talked to trees all their lives."
Volume One - The West: includes trees of the Pacific Coast, Sierras, Rockies and the Great Basin, such as Coastal Redwood, Sequoia, Sycamore, Quaking Aspen and Bristlecone Pine.
Laura Merrill makes her home off-grid on a high mesa outside Taos, New Mexico. Her companions are several cats and a variety of wildlife including, but not limited to, coyote, pronghorn antelope, elk, endless bunnies and jackrabbits, ravens, mountain bluebirds, rattlesnakes, and tarantulas. The cats stay in and everything else stays out.
During her association with a small spiritual community, Laura was encouraged to develop her natural ability to receive mental impressions - not only from other people, but from plants and animals as well. Over the subsequent forty years, she has refined this capacity into a process by which she can communicate with the trees. No attempt is made to convince anyone that a tree has a consciousness that can be contacted - you may believe it or not, as Ripley would say.