Summer 2016 :

The Tree of Life

Trees are a wonderful part of God’s creation. Not only do they play an important role in the natural ecosystem, but they also give us great joy.  We read in Genesis two, “the Lord God had planted a garden to the east, in Eden, and there he put the man he had formed. And the Lord made all kinds of trees to grow out of the ground – trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (verses 8-10).  There were many trees planted in the garden which were pleasing to look at and good to eat. We still consider trees a beautiful sight and could spend a lot of time simply observing this part of God’s creation.

Summer 2016 :

Tree Rings

Growth rings, also referred to as tree rings or annual rings, can be seen in a horizontal cross section cut through the trunk of a tree. Growth rings are the result of new growth in a layer of cells near the bark. This growth in diameter is known as secondary growth. Visible rings result from the change in growth speed through the seasons of the year, thus one ring usually marks the passage of one year in the life of the tree. The rings are more visible in temperate zones, where the seasons differ more markedly.