My apologies to one and all for not having gotten to this on Friday, which was Arbor Day. But what better way to reflect on Arbor Day than with the lyrics to Handel's Ombra mai fù, better known as the Largo from Serse - which is, in fact, an ode to a tree:
Never has there been a shade of a plant more dear and lovely, or more gentle.
Yup, that about says it.
For a more musical approach to Handel, check out this piece from last year. ◙