After reading Richard Powers’s The Overstory, I’ve made more of an effort to appreciate and learn about trees. The rowan has been one that became quickly identifiable in Sweden. The Museum of Natural History in Stockholm included it as part of a tree identification puzzle that we played and our hike today in the Dalarna region was surrounded by them.
I took a peek at the Wikipedia page later and loved seeing the many ways it has appeared in the folklore of various cultures. I love the idea of the traveler’s tree that prevents people from getting lost or the portal tree that acts as a threshold between this world and another. 🌳