I just couldn't limit myself to only one photo, so here are a few:
My favorite Starbucks is in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. It is in a very, very old building --- we are talking George Washington days --- about a block from the Potomac River. Of course GW didn't frequent the Starbucks, but whenever I go into this shop I look at the same ceiling beams that he could very well have. This is an example of all the old wood that can be found in Old Town.
Also in Virginia is Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, in Charlottesville. The inside of the house contains so many original artifacts made of wood. We weren't allowed to take pictures of the interior, but the exterior has also been preserved much as when TJ lived there. This photo is of one of the remaining original trees on the plantation. This old guy is very old!
Now to the other coast. My son and I love to go to San Diego and we did just that in February 2007. I mention that to explain why the beach in this photo looks so cold --- it was! Perched on the shore overlooking the never-ending awesomeness of the ocean, is the beautiful Crystal Pier. Incredibly, this huge pier and all those cottages are held up by wood, lots and lots of wood. Just imagine how many times per day those waves crash against those pillars.
The incomparable beauty of wood is all around us providing warmth, strength and a connection to ages long past. Give a tree a nice pat on the trunk, just to say thanks!
Wherever you are, I hope you are having a blessed day.