Posts Tagged ‘trees’

Or (what my mind thought): trunk-ated. 🙂

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There’s such a different feel between the B&W version and the sepia version that I thought I’d post both and let you decide which you like better.  I think the B&W feels more like a winter shot, the sepia like an old postcard or stereoscopic photo.  What do you think?

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I know, I know, I should save this for the third week when we do black and white photos, but I just can’t.  This naturally B&W photo is full of the beauty and splendor of winter and I have to share it right now.  If you live somewhere warm, you can enjoy it from the warmth of your home and don’t have to go out into the cold.  If you’re living in winter now, you know what I’m taking about.  However, in the interest of truth, I’m looking forward to spring.  In the meantime, I’m enjoying winter as much as possible.  Sally, thanks for much for hosting the challenge every Monday.  You rock.

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Last fall, we spent time in Muir Woods in California, among the redwoods.  The silence was absolute, except for the sound of running water…and of humans.  But even the visitors muted their voices in those surroundings.

Even when trees aren’t in bloom or are dead, they have a beauty and presence all their own.  Most mornings I walk in a nearby park, sections of which are forest.  It’s a time of renewal and mental relaxation in addition to the physical exercise.  This week, for the Phoneography Challenge theme of “Nature“, I offer photos of some beauty-filled trees.  I hope you enjoy them.

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
~William Blake

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To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature.
~Thomas Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree

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In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike. And no two journeys along the same path are alike.
~Paulo Coelho, Aleph

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“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
~Khalil Gibran, Sand and Foam

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“Listen to the trees talking in their sleep,’ she whispered, as he lifted her to the ground. ‘What nice dreams they must have!”
~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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

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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

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

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