Thursday, January 27, 2011

Naked trees

not so naked cause I'm a growing them fern things
 As you must know if you know me at all, I love trees. I love them all the year long and spend much time oohing and ahhhing depending on the time of the year. Spring of course is always great when trees that have flowers pop open and just watching the leaves bud can make a girl happy cause you KNOW that spring is in full swing. The fall is probably my most favorite time because the fall leaf colors are simply out of this world. My husband calls me the keeper of the leaves  because I collect leaves as I have mentioned to do arts and crafts. One of the aunties has even asked me if I am still "doing" that leaf thing.  Oh yes.... of course. I will never get tired of the beauty of fall leaves even as they are drying up. Sometimes what happens as they are drying up makes them much more interesting.
Now naked trees have been catching my attention this winter. As I drive around I find myself intrigued with not only the trunk of the tree, but how it's branches are, does it have moss and lichen or vines from some other plant, bird nests, left over leaves or berries??
The state government is very concerned with people texting and chatting on the phone while driving, but I have found myself much more distracted by all the glorious trees and stupendous colors of the fall leaves. I have had to be very careful not to get myself killed and just when I thought I was safe, well here are all of these very cool looking naked trees. What's a girl to do??
Bob and I went for a drive towards the end of December not too long after it had snowed to view some of the trees and open land. Heck, the big leaf maple in my neighbors yard that I can see from my bedroom window is just stunning.
I have been volunteering 2 days a week at the local hospital and every time I leave the parking garage I come across 4 trees in a row with some larger size berries on them that look cool. I do need to take my camera with me. I also need to take a walk to the end of the street where another neighbor has an old apple tree with a few apples still hanging in there. I just love the look of it for some reason I have yet to define.
Some of the trees have interesting little hideaways and I am certain that the fairies dwell there. Down one road out in the country there is a row of sycamore trees that line both sides of the road, and I am sure one of the trees held Rapunzel at one time or another. What creatures do they harbor, what birds are nesting there and who comes to visit???? The naked trees stand quietly and majestically keeping as many secrets to themselves as possible. This wood nymph wants to know them all.

big leaf maple from bedroom window

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair

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