Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cypress Trees

Upon arriving in the Tuscany region of Italy the first thing we saw that was indicative of the area were the Cypress Trees.  

Tall and stately, they dot the landscape and Tuscany would not be Tuscany without them.  As a matter of fact, one cannot think of Tuscany without thinking of these magnificent cypress trees, so quintessential and symbolic of the Tuscan landscape that it has adopted the name of "The Tuscan CypressTtree."  It is a tree that can survive for up to 2,000 years or more, and while the other deciduous trees lose their leaves in the winter, the cypress trees retained theirs rendering it supernatural in the eyes of the early tribes-people.  The wood is so strongly scented that the tree was planted around the houses, churches and cemeteries in Tuscany as people believed that the air was "freshened" by the tree, giving rise to the quintessential "Tuscan landscape" that we hold as being typical of the area.

We managed a few photos of these magnificent trees which I will share here with you.

1 comment:

  1. What spectacular scenery! I haven't commented, but I've really been enjoying your trip vicariously. ;-D