Wayzata, Minnesota

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tree Talk

"The more slowly trees grow at first,
the sounder they are at the core,
and I think the same is true of human beings."
Henry David Thoreau

There's a certain magic about trees at play 
offering a kinship to all that greet them.
Their strange and powerful draw always 
awakens us to their presence.

Each tree is firmly rooted 
their branches reaching out much like
 our own myths and rituals in life.
Their leaves gather around us from 
days past and grace our future.
 Much like the people in our lives.

Coincidentally trees have been heavy in my thoughts lately,
(can you tell?)
and it's perfect for Carmi's theme this week is Trees!

Trees Talk

are you listening?

They tell us stories. If you look closely 
they will reveal everything about themselves.

A tree's imperfection is as impressive
 as each perfection.

People are much like trees in that
"We are the seeds of the tenacious plant,
and it is our ripeness and our fullness
of heart that we are given
to the wind and scattered."
Kahlil Gibran

"Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky."
Kahlil Gibran

In the rings of their years,
they/we stand the test of time 
some stand alone
many grouped in groves
always truthful 
sharing willingly  
its scars and endless storms
where winds rustle
and raindrops drip
they're willingly
soaked by sun beams
wintered by wind and snow
a trees strength weighed 
in trust and sanctuary.

Even when we don't aim to capture trees in our photos
it seems their shadows find a way of appearing,
if just to jazz things up.

On shooting trees.  I wonder, do we seek the trees 
or do they find their way into our photos?

When you approach something to photograph, first be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence. Then don't leave until you have captured its essence.
-Minor White

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.
Henry David Thoreau

"There are voices which we hear 
in solitude but they grow faint and inaudible 
as we enter into the world."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.
Zen Saying

Have a mind so quiet, that you can hear doves whispering
as they rest their wings in the rafters of 
your silent sanctuary. Kate M. Robertson


"Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts
who stood their ground."

Thanks for sharing this time together.
take good care of you.

Yep, I'm still (through each snowflake falling presently) 
hoping for spring, soon?!


Debbie said...

we are all waiting, not so patiently, for spring!! i am such a tree lover, i don't think they get enough attention, attention like the flowers get!!

i loved the first quote!! and you have a heart today too, in the stump of that tree!!

Cloudia said...

Thank you my companionable and perfect friend Karen! <3

RedPat said...

The trees are looking for spring too when they start their cycle over again!

Elephant's Child said...

I adore trees. If I get my wishes at the end of my days I will feed a tree and give back to a species which has given me so much.
And slightly off topic: Tolkein's Ents have always been one of my favourite (sadly fictional) characters.

humbird said...

Yes, the trees like best friends surround us everywhere. How they communicate underground helping each other to grow - just another nature mystery!

Hootin' Anni said...

This is perfection!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Lovely tree shots!

sage said...

Good thoughts about trees. I have read several natural history of trees book and have one I want to get to about harthrones.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, lovely post on trees. Hubby and I are like tree huggers. I am not sure where spring is, our forecast is for more snow in the next couple of days. It does not feel like spring, 30° this morning. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

Bob Scotney said...

I understand why people talk to trees when I see such lovely shots. I'v managed to find a bit of spring - but you have to look for it.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I saw the gnomes. Did you think I wouldn't'?

Of course, I love trees.

Anonymous said...

This above anonymous person is the evil one. Not worth reading ! .......R

Breathtaking said...

Hello Karen!:) Lovely tree images and quotes. I love and respect them, but I think they are a little confused just now as to what time of year it is! Some of ours have fallen due to high winds, others are showing no sign of new growth.:(

Gilly said...

I love your trees, Karen, especially the first two.