I've felt strangely at home in two disparate countries, that of Australia, and Japan! As I'm almost 6' 3", I might have seemed like a giant sequoia to some people in Japan, but felt less of an outlier there for some reason.
I love the opening phrase, as I've often felt displace in my childhood home town, and country, at times. It can be amazing on a literal level if a giant tree, or natural momument such as Uluru, are just not part of the natural environment but actually "help" to make it both natural and special at the same time.
Isn't that the feeling immigrants want when they enter a new country? I always felt that I belonged, and I think my brother or parents did, when we lived in foreign countries growing up. Refuges, if welcomed, can feel like they belong although it would be more difficult to be sure. Perhaps, the childhood experience of being a sapling is easier. Thanks, Victor.