Sunday, September 30, 2012


This image was taken at one of my favorite spots in Toronto, Ontario -- Edwards Gardens.

And this is one of my favorite trees. I call it Venerable.

It was a very bright day, so the top of this Weeping Willow looks almost as if the tree were given highlights at a swank downtown salon. This tree knows. I feel it when I stand beneath it.

I'm leaning against the trunk, snapping this shot from under the veil. I could happily pitch a tent there. 

Come to Toronto. Enjoy the beauty and tranquility and surprise that is Edward Gardens.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Accessorized Trees

Thank you, Theresa! Let me say, I am delighted to be a new contributor to The Daily Tree, which speaks to me. I have always loved trees in all their glory.

The below shot was taken on a recent trip to Prince Edward Island, Canada's smallest province. This scene is on Richmond Street, a pedestrian-only street of artisan shops and restaurants in Charlottetown.

I love the colorful paper lanterns hanging from the branches. So playful.

Here's a close-up shot of the tree bobbles.

I think I have some earrings like that!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Growing on a tree

We have an important announcement to share. Elen, a good friend of Keziah's, loves trees as much as we do, and she is joining the blog! Elen will be posting on the weekends, starting tomorrow. I'm quite looking forward to the trees that she'll share. Perhaps one day soon the three of us will have a chance to admire trees together in person. Welcome, Elen!

Not just a tree

I just couldn't resist showing at least some wildlife.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fig Tree

I love the shape and texture of fig leaves. They're so shiny. 
The fruit itself is quite small in comparison. But oh so delicious.
Thanks to Ocracoke, I am a convert to the beauty of fig trees.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fuzzy pink flowering tree

I've been having trouble making time for trees in the past month. Which both defeats the purpose of blogging about a tree a day and means I don't get my therapeutic dose of tree. Whenever I post or come by to look at what Keziah posted, I often end up sighing and relaxing as I look back through our photos. I need to remember that it's ok to take time for trees. So tonight I'm giving myself time for trees. I finally hooked up my external hard drive where I have all my old pictures stored, including many, many tree pictures. In honor of a friend's recent trip down under, I thought I start with tree pictures that I took from my trip to Brisbane in 2008. Although when I say start, I actually mean I'm going to be going back and filling in all my missing tree posts. So take a wander back and see what trees I found in Australia.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


I really enjoyed the play of light through the leaves.  This path was between Pittencrieff Park and the train station. I could have spent the entire day there in among the trees. It was incredibly peaceful.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Yet Another Brisbane Tree

I walked by this tree every day on my way to and from the conference. The photo doesn't do it justice.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Through the leaves

This picture is not sideways. I was shooting up through the leaves at the sky.  I like the lighting on these photos.  Branches sway at that height and blur the camera's vision but still, I like it.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

Mountain Ash

This young tree makes a nice contrast to the house next door. I haven't been able to capture it well with the camera but when you round the corner onto that street your eye is naturally drawn to the symmetry between the two.

I prefer the close-up of the berries. They were sought in ancient times for their protective qualities.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Life Well Lived

I was debating whether to post these pictures, because they are of a tree whose life is over. But clearly in life this was a magnificent tree, and that deserves to be honored. In death this tree is both solemn and awe-inspiring. The final death stroke was the large derecho storm that blew through much of the eastern US in late June. The storm winds felled this tree, not by ripping its roots from the ground, but by snapping it off at the base, revealing what was clearly a long-fought battle.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Monastery Tree

The morning after this photo was taken a wicked storm blew through and destroyed many of the trees surrounding this one.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Beaverdams Willow

My friend and I were out for a walk the other day and saw this lovely willow. Unprepared for the walk in the first place, I didn't have my camera with me so she snapped a quick pick with her phone.  It's beautiful.  Growing on the grounds of a church it's a tree that evokes peace.  But in this photo, it appears to be dancing on colour.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Neighborhood Giant

I've tried to give this wonderful giant a hug, but it would probably take 3-4 people with their arms spread wide and fingertips touching to give him the hug he deserves.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dunrobin Castle

Now people are taking photos of lovely trees and sending them to me for this blog.

I love the twisty bark of this beauty at Dunrobin Castle in Scotland

Thank you, Sheena Weitzel

Monday, September 10, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Young love


Once you get over the shock of the dated clothing and amazing youth on all of our parts, please admire the lovely tree that fills the background. It appears my love affair with foliage started early.  I'm roughly six years old and that's a side road somewhere in Germany or Austria. We toured around while we lived there in the 1960's.                                                                                                          

Friday, September 7, 2012

August Blue Moon

This evergreen was swaying with Isaac influenced wind on the August Blue Moon last week.  I know the photograph is blurry but standing on the edge of the banks of Niagara that night had a surreal beauty that was accurately captured by the soft focus.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Lovely Maple

Things got busy last week, and I let my tree posting fall by the wayside. I'll be going back over the next few days to fill in my missing posts. In the mean time, here is a lovely maple found on a walk in my neighborhood. I love the symmetry in the shape and the shadows cast by the sun and the branches.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


This beauty was also by the abbey.  She was so tall and majestic one imagined her guarding Gaelic  kings

Monday, September 3, 2012

Beech and Maple

These two trees beside a crypt at Dunfermline Abbey intrigued me with their many contrasts.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012


This line of trees along the walkway to the university was part of Theresa's walk to work every day for four years.  I sat on that bench a few times when visiting her because it was so lovely to be surrounded by that much beauty.

I'm horrible at species and genus, but if I remember correctly, they were poplars.