Phoneography Challenge: Nature’s tree-ts

Posted: December 1, 2013 in Nature, Phoneography Challenge
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Over Thanksgiving, we made the approximately 12-hour trip between Chicago and Philadelphia twice (once each way).  On the way out, “the big storm” was slated to hit.  Fortunately, we followed it the entire trip, picking up only some snow and the aftermath of rain in Philly.  Since Ohio and Pennsylvania have so much forest, we had a wonderful opportunity to see trees in a variety of winter beauty.  Because of the dearth of leaves, we were able to see the many nests of birds and squirrels as well as the ice and snow lending the trees a festive, seasonal air.  Thus, trees are my choice for the “Nature” theme of today’s Phoneography Challenge.

All these photos were taken from a moving car, so you see what we saw while driving, and have only been cropped. I hasten to add that I wasn’t driving when I took the pictures!  I can do that one-handed with a small digital camera, but not with an iPad!!

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.
e. e. cummings


What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?
E. M. Forster


God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.
Martin Luther


  1. Janet, the e.e. cummings poem is perfection and works well with your lovely captures. You were not far from me–Delaware. Each image shows the majesty of a tree–it’s beauty does not depend upon it being fully dressed. Great post to show your connection to Mother Nature. Happy Phoneography Monday.

    • Thanks, Sally. Since I didn’t have to drive the entire time this trip, I had an opportunity to take some photos, although at 70 mph, I have to take them carefully or they’re blurry. 🙂 But the trees in the snowy area were incredibly beautiful with the snow plastered on them, much like the faux Christmas trees.


  2. Good golly, you had to do the trip twice. You must be exhausted. Great pics though. Amazing what can be done through a car window

  3. Cathy Ulrich says:

    I love winter trees – sooo beautiful in their structure. Nice job, Janet!

    • Good morning, Cathy, and thanks very much. It was a treat to be able to take some pictures from the car this trip as I’m usually traveling on my own. It hurts me to see so many perfect shots and not be able to catch them. Even if I could get stopped in time, there are really no very safe places along the interstate for taking photos. 🙂


  4. Amy says:

    These are beautiful tree photos, and you took these shot at at 70 mph. 12 hours each way, what a trip, Janet!

    • It’s not bad if the weather and traffic aren’t bad, Amy, and this time my husband was with me, so we shared the driving. Usually I’m doing it on my own, which means no driving photos! 🙂 I like driving and seeing the country, though, so that helps. Glad you like the photos.


  5. Something so special about trees! Great photos! Growing up in Ohio and Ky, I really miss the trees — but NOT the cold! 🙂

  6. FireBonnet says:

    I enjoy taking shots as a passenger from moving cars (and motorcycles) as well! The e.e.cummings poem is my very favorite poem… perfect to go with the theme and your travel tree photos!

    • I like that poem, too, and was happy to have somewhere to use it, although at this time of year, it’s more of a dream, at least where I am. I’m happy you stopped by and that you enjoyed the photos.


      • FireBonnet says:

        I just realized that my FireBonnet link goes to my pet blog and not my art blog… here is the correct address for this challenge: Sorry everyone!

  7. Amar Naik says:

    the accompanying quotes with pictures makes it a great combo. super like 🙂

  8. Love the EM Forster quote, and thank you for sharing these images shot from the car!! That’s part of the fun of travelling on a moving vehicle in a big country… an expense of trees, sky and land. I hope you are well rested from the travel 🙂

    • I feel pretty good, although I was tired last night. Have to go out again on the 13th to get our daughter for vacation, but on my own. Have to get a couple good books on CD. 🙂


  9. I posted a picture of a dead tree on my instagram a few weeks ago. Everyday I drive past this one dead tree that still holds pictures of yesterday whenever I look at it… Your post reminded me of that tree I love so much!!

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