Tuesday, March 4, 2014

When a tree sees its shadow...

This shot was taken Sunday at Frenchman's Bay. 

I happened to notice the tree was casting a shadow, so I put a version of this up on Instagram with this caption: "That tree saw its shadow, and we're going to have 6 more months of winter." #cackle #winter

Just sayin'. 

You'll want to click that bigger. 



Thursday, February 27, 2014

After the ice...

You will want to click this bigger.

Courtesy of Michigander Sister. This was snapped with a Samsung Tablet three days before Christmas.

If Mama Snow showed up in her neighborhood today, Michigander Sister would be out with a slingshot quicker than you can say Michigan Winter.

She lives in a magical place that is getting on her last nerve.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I spy

I love the play of light in this shot. I like the way the ivy is climbing the crabapple.  I like the little knot that may or may knot be home to some critter

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

What do you see?

Taken on the shore of Lake Ontario in July of 2012.

I have a fascination for driftwood.

What do you see?


Monday, February 24, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Any good tree blog needs a picture of Smokey.

Taken at the Visitor Center at Kittery, Maine.

I like the way Smokey's shovel handle appears to branch out into a tree.

Thursday, aka Friday Eve!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Summer's coming. And with it the sumac to the left of the pond.  Planted by a squirrel, it takes over that section of the garden and there's nothing I can do to get rid of it. It's crowded out the sand cherry that I planted. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

restrained harvesting...

Traveling along Route 103 between Kittery and Portsmouth, Maine, we pulled off the road at the entrance to Fort McClary State Park.

So sayeth the signage.

Clearly a tree was cut. Perhaps, it was the result of storm damage.

I was attracted to the light bouncing off the cut wood.

Restrained Harvesting.

Here be Tuesday!

Monday, February 17, 2014


It's not always good for the tree, but exposed roots always catch my attention. They remind me that the tree is a living breathing entity.  They also remind me of my connections to the earth.

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Just ever so much...


This will be my last weekend post. I'll be moving to a Tuesday/Thursday slot.

See you next on Tuesday.

Here be Sunday!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014


Who needs fencing when you have trees and hedges. I walked right up to that gate and still couldn't see the whole of the house.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


I thought of cropping this photo so you could see the beauty of the tree close-up but the reason I actually snapped the photo was because the tree was an oasis in that field on a dry unusually HOT Spring day in Scotland.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Winter Beauty...

Go ahead. Click it bigger.

This is just the tip of the snowberg we had on Wednesday.

I'm trying to embrace winter's beauty...

Between shovels.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Petrified wood

Hmmm. I'm not sure what this really is, (I know it's rock) but it reminds me of a tree trunk.  What does it remind you of?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


It looks like the tree on the right, while wearing a pretty necklace, is supporting the one on the left that lost a limb

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Taken at an herb farm in Michigan in October of 2012.


It looks like me in Tai Chi class.


Saturday, February 1, 2014


Don't we just need this right now?

Taken somewhere in Burbville in November of 2013.

If you can't be leaf-peeping in New England, this will do.



Monday, January 27, 2014


I know most of us are tired of snow but I enjoy this tree at my vet's office, no matter what season.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Troll House...

I've been taking clicks of this piece of tree trunk since 2010, when I dubbed it Dwarf Troll House For Rent.

Every year since then finds me at Edwards Gardens (Toronto) clicking away and imagining what troll families might have come and gone.

I've shot it during more than one season, and the perspective changes a little each year.

I still need some winter shots.

This is one of the shots taken during November of 2013.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Exhibit B

I could probably write six months of Daily Tree posts from Hermitage alone.  We loved it so much there that we went back the next day.  I'd like to see it in Spring.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014

This is...

This is a stick up.


This was taken at Edwards Gardens in Toronto last November. Hence, the lack of colour and foliage, etc.

That tree has a face, arms, and forward motion. Unbelievable. 


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Enough with the snow already...

I can't say how many times I've looked at this image since it was taken in May and didn't see the strapping that is holding two twisted branches to a support.

I suppose I could have titled this Helpmeet.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Again with the Mulberry

I've posted lots of pics of my mulberry tree. It's a magical tree for me.  In my fever induced delirium the other night, I imagined myself tucked into the tree's branches while it healed me.  I hope I do the same for it. Protect it and nurture it.

I thought I had photos of it laden with berries.  I thought I had photos of it covered in leaves and snow.  I spend so much time with that tree outside my office window that I assumed I'd captured it in all of its fashion looks.  I will do better this year because this is a tree that deserves to be showcased.

For now, here it is sheltering a baby robin that was hatched in its higher branches. My apologies for the window screen.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Branching out

Technically this is no longer a tree but simply a branch.  I really liked how the arrangements was built around it.

Sunday, January 12, 2014


Nothing was left untouched by the ice storm just a few days before Christmas.

This is my neighbor's Maple.

Looking up, up, Up.



Saturday, January 11, 2014

Faux Trees...

This is my beautiful rosemary bush three days before Christmas.

It looks like a grove of tiny evergreens leaning under the weight of the ice.

Faux Trees!

It's looking much better today.


Thursday, January 9, 2014


This beauty seems to be waving from the end of the path. Over here! Ignore the Evergreen and come to me!
Or maybe that's just my impression.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Contrast to today's weather

Virginia in June. Mmmmm. Lovely. That tree is home to many varieties of songbirds, squirrels and chipmunks.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ice and Snow...

I look at this and can't get business in the front, party in the back out of my head.

A study in contrasts.


Friday, January 3, 2014

Winter greenery

We are in the midst of a winter storm.  This is the view from my kitchen window.  I love it.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New view

This is my mulberry tree in winter. It looks dormant and bleh. Looks are deceptive. That tree is resting, a vital component in any life cycle. I expect an abundance of fruit will result from that stillness. Yep, life lessons from trees.