For a hundred years I breathe and live, the flower of beauty and the bread of kindness. I am your friendly shade in the noonday heat of summer, and I stand pencilled against the winter twilight, a silhouette for dreams. At dawning in the spring I am filled with song, the host to a thousand birds, and I decorate the autumn with pageantry and colour.Then comes the woodsman with his axe.
And still I serve. I am the timber that builds your boat; the rafters of your cathedrals; the choirstalls of your church enriched by the magic of the carver’s fingers. I am the beam that holds your house; the door of your homestead, and the lintel too. I am the handle of your hoe; the wood of your cradle; the bed on which you lie; the board of your table and the board for your bread.
When I am living, harm me not. When I am dead, respect me and use me kindly.
An old and beautiful willowtree at the Wilgeriver near Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng, South Africa. This pic was taken during the winter.
Canon Power Shot S51S
FEATURED in Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends
3 Jan. 2012.
One of the TOP TEN in Afrikaans is my Moedertaal
22 Febr. 2012.
FEATURED in Exquisition
25 Febr. 2012.
FEATURED in Canon Photography
28 Febr. 2012.
One of the TOP TEN in a challenge in The Best of Anything and Everything
25 November 2012.


tree, silhouette, river, wilger, bronkhorstspruit, nature, peace, beauty, winter, water, timber, wood, magic, shade, dreams, elizabeth kendall

We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.

View Full Profile


  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 2 years ago

    What beautiful sentiments to go with this lovely pic Liz! “When I am living, harm me not. When I am dead, respect me….” wonderful!

  • Thanks so much Maree!! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 2 years ago

    gorgeous image Liz wonderful write

  • Thanks for the fav Maggie and your kind words!! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 2 years ago

    Gosh, that’s gorgeous! Beautiful composition and reflections!

  • Thanks so much Dot! ;-)

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Ethna Gillespie
    Ethna Gillespieover 2 years ago

    Stunning work!

  • Thanks so much Ethna!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 2 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You have been featured in Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends group (clickable banner)

    Please check out our Challenges
    See message Happy New Year — 24 Features Today

  • Great news! Thanks so very much Cee!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganover 2 years ago

    Beautiful image and description, Liz. You are so gifted in both areas. Wonderful to say the least.

  • Thanks Bev, a wonderful compliment! Thanks for the fav!! Have a lovely day.

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 2 years ago

    21 Feb 2012 – Challenge ‘Reflections / Spieëlbeelde: Animals and plants in AFRICA’

  • Kyk dan nou net wat ’n mooi banier!! Baie dankie Maree, ek voel geëerd!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 2 years ago


  • Many thanks Tammera, a great honour!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago


  • Klomp dankies Magriet!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

  • Farah  Rose
    Farah Roseover 2 years ago

    Wonderful comp! Nice shot!

  • Thanks so much for this lovely feature Farah!

    – Elizabeth Kendall

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait