Are you a treegirl or treeboy?
My name is “TreeGirl” (capital T, capital G) because so much of my life’s purpose, identity, and bliss revolve around meeting and photographing myself in the nude with trees around the world. Trees are my passion and purpose. I love learning about and from trees, educating others about trees and how to connect with them, having an ineffable spiritual connection with trees, and being in loving, respectful service to them.
I kind of think I was chosen by the trees; I don’t really have a choice about whether to be TreeGirl. Writing and publishing a book about trees really means writing and publishing a book on behalf of the trees. It means being in service to the trees because, hey, they can’t write or take photos (but they sure can pose, and they have a lot to say!).
But I certainly do not claim to be the only girl (or woman) who has a special connection with trees. While females are said to be “closer to nature,” there are many of us— female and male — who have meaningful connections with trees. Perhaps you already identify yourself as a tree hugger, or tree lover, or nature lover, or maybe none of those.
But what does it mean to be a treegirl or treeboy?
To be a treegirl or treeboy you don’t have to be naked with the trees, you simply have to love trees. (But we never know where a love can take us.) To find out if you are indeed a treegirl or treeboy, see how many of the following statements you can answer ‘yes’ to:
Well, treegirls and treeboys, how did you do?
9/16/2016 09:24:16 pm
I love the cover and can't wait to see the book!
10/17/2016 05:31:29 pm
Inspiring pictures! Are you familiar with the photographer, Anne Brigman? She did a lot with trees and nature in the early 1900's.
6/22/2017 01:28:20 pm
I loved reading your list of characteristics of a tree girl or a tree boy, Growing up, I spent a lot of time outside and enjoyed climbing trees, and especially catching leaves. However, it was only after my kids were grown and I immersed myself in nature, that I have developed a tremendous appreciation of, resonance with, and inspiration from trees.
12/11/2017 10:48:37 am
Looking at this list 6 months later, I realize I have a lot more intimate experiences with trees. Thanks for your inspiration!
Matt the tree lover
9/10/2019 07:40:16 pm
I have always experienced extreme pleasure around trees ever since i was a young child. The hard wood of my father's large Pinus Radiata always intrigued me. When I was a teenager I use to insert Acorns up my anus so that I could "Become the forest". It is truly wonderful to see how trees can be so inspirational to people.
9/1/2020 06:30:00 am
Tree Boy here for sure. Embarrassingly number 13 is true for me. I used to love the idea of living in a tree house as a kid (and even when older). Had several tree houses growing up, and just loved the feeling of being so secluded away with nature. Always made me feel so safe up there, ironically as I was high up off the floor.
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TreeGirl is an author, photographer, arborist, naturalist, forest ecotherapist and conservation educator bridging humans with wild nature.