26 July 2011

the beauty of trees

today, i've found myself thinking a lot about trees. becky, a talented blogger i follow, has relocated from the midwest to the east coast and has written about the abundance of trees in her new town and its impact on the direct sunlight that she's always loved. this really struck me and made me wonder if i might take my northeast surroundings for granted. so i've been very aware our trees today, especially the way the leaves and branches filter the sunlight and dapple the earth. it's beautiful. i can't imagine not seeing that.

later in the day, there's rain. a torrential downpour that lasts and lasts. just when i think it will never end, it lets up and the clouds begin to part. i step outside and immediately, i hear the trees, water dripping from rain-soaked leaves of oak, poplar, and maple up on the hill and from pine needles at the edge of the yard. a rapid, percussive woodland chorus, unrelenting, a song to the breaking sun. i listen hard, mesmerized, and i silently hope becky hears this sound soon. it may help her come to know and love trees as i do.

6 comments:

R. J. said...

I can relate--I love trees too. Love the photos.

~she~ said...

I love trees too! I thought about making a wall collage in my living room of all tree photos. But every time I see the perfect tree to photograph, I don't have my camera or we're speeding down the highway at 65 mph. My husband would not take too kindly to pulling over on the highway for me to take a picture of a tree!

Nora said...

I can't myself imagine not being surrounded by trees. Even here in these old suburbs there are many of them and they give me joy. They do drip steadily on my head when I take a walk after it has rained. They are tall and stately and have much foliage. Thank goodness for trees.

Farmgirl Paints said...

i can't believe i'm saying this already...but they're growing on me. i have the most beautiful drive to my gym. it's a solid 10 minutes of nothing but narrow racetrack like road and trees...with sun filtering in. it's very pretty:) thanks for thinking of me and for the shout out. i appreciate that.

Sarah said...

There is something so magical about trees.Love trees with lots of character...even dead trees...they are so beautiful and haunting.

Kate said...

Great tree shots. I'm a tree lover myself. Weeping Willows are my favorite, there's just something about them, they look like they're dancing. My old apartment complex has Weeping Willows and I used to love to go sit under them and read a book. Luckily, there are plentiful Willows at my local beach, so I can still curl up under one.