Saturday, 11 October 2008

Life in the Trees Ain't Just for the Birds and the Bees

Who needs life on the ground when you can live high up in the air? If you suffer from vertigo, perhaps it is best to look away now! If not, take a look at these marvellous takes on that ancient form of habitation, the tree house.


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From China, this sturdy looking specimen looks as if it was built as a real set of domiciles rather than as an escape from the every day stresses of this world. It is reminiscent of a giant wooden aviary. It would almost come as no surprise to see a few giant birds – or even pterodactyls – make their home here!


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This is by far the largest tree house in Europe and is situated in the county of Northumberland in the UK. It is part of the Alnwick Garden which is the vision of the Duchess of Northumberland. She wanted a public space, accessible to one and all, which could be used for fun, education, inspiration and above all contemplation. It was opened in 2002 by the Prince of Wales, who is a contemplative kind of guy if ever there was one, and this tree house certainly gives us lots us scope to think about alternative living!


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What list of the weird, the wonderful, the outlandish and extraordinary would be complete without a visit to Japan? Here, a restaurant in Okinawa proves to be a daunting climb for its clientele. One can only hope that the food is excellent as quite a hunger could be provoked by the dizzying ascent to the eating area. Food for thought in the heights, indeed!


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It looks like a slight breeze might be signify the end, so precariously are these neighbors perched on the top of their adopted trees. It is can only be hoped, too, that the occupants get on with each other. A not so neighborly slanging match would be something to behold!


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These tree houses are certainly not for those who are afraid of heights! This one in New Zealand towers hundred of meters above the ground. It must have been built by someone really desperate to escape the daily grind of life as it must take them half of the day to get up there and the other half to get back down. Still, good exercise involved!


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So, okay, this one isn’t real, just like the one in Japan wasn’t real. There is a lot to be said though, about this concept, seen here at the Burning Man Festival in the USA. Tree houses as modern art, anyone? Tarzan could spring out of here in a flash, twisting a Salvador Dali type moustache and no one would bat an eyelid.


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This one, from Kerala in India is not so much designed to be lived in but to see out of! It is part of a nature reserve and a whole host of wildlife can be comfortably and safely – viewed from its height. A great way to see nature close up without disturbing it. Except for when the house was being built, that is. That may have disturbed at least one or two denizens of the jungle!


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This tree house was built by Horace Burgess in Tennessee, USA. It is over ninety feet in height and was built as a result of “divine inspiration”. Most of the materials used to make the tree are from barns, sheds and so on, salvaged by the builder. It has ten floors and although it was started in 1993 it is still not finished. The finishing of the project, though, is surely not the point here! The price of the project is estimated by Mister Burgess at around twelve thousand dollars. A lesson for the sub-primers?


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This amazing structure is actually in someone’s back yard! Bar Simpson would be absolutely yellow with envy if he could see this but no doubt Homer would steal it for him, or win it in a poker game, or swap it for Marge. Located in Saint Louis, it’s a really awesome place to meet! You could chew the cud, nose at the neighbors and no doubt ultimately get shot by them for building such a ‘monstrosity’ in their neighborhood!


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For fans of films such as “The Swiss Family Robinson”, what could be more idyllic than this tree house overlooking a river in Kerala, India. What a wonderful place to sit back, take in nature and ponder the mysteries of nature and the universe. All the time while longing for that Big Mac, Fries and a very large strawberry milkshake of course!

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2 comments:

Glynis said...

what a great fun posting, I think I would be quite happy in the last one, it does have electricity for my laptop doesn't it??:))

ChefL96 said...

Wow, these are amazing. I could do this.

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