When it comes to trees —- the Japanese have the right idea!
Shinto is an animist religion which worships Kami, spirits that inhere in nature: in oceans, rivers, the sun, rocks, perhaps above all, in TREES. Every Shinto shrine I’ve visited has its own sacred grove, and the majestic trees certainly inspire me with awe.
Often the shrine entrance, or a single tree, will be roped with a special straw rope, called Shimenawa, which may also be decorated with lightning-bolts of paper. Shimenawa mark off the bounds of the sacred from the everyday.
This grove is in Look Park (where else? judging by my latest posts), but might equally be found, ringed with a shimenawa, on the grounds of a Shinto shrine in Shimane-ken, Japan. With or without a sacred rope, to my eyes mighty spirits dwell within these trees —