The Giving Tree... by LindaR

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…if you’ve ever read Shel Silverstein’s book “The Giving Tree” then you’ll understand how I felt…and still feel.
These lovely old 100’ pines were marked for months and finally cut down last week. Even though I knew it was coming, I still wasn’t ready to see them go…saddened to see them gone…cut down at last.
On this rainy gloomy day I first discovered this…I went to look at their remaining stumps and discovered they were still giving their gifts, as I took in their inner beauty ~ their colored rings and sunset centers…spin art of a kind (the other titled that way)…isn’t nature amazing?

Photography has been my passion and poetry/verse has been an evolution of expression. My inspiration and appreciation comes from connecting to the beauty of Nature which I feel is truly an expression of the Divine. In the best sense ~ there is no true divide ~ just seemingly endless possibilities in forms of expression & representation…
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  • Anita Donohoe
    Anita Donohoealmost 7 years ago

    Linda, you have a wonderful eye.
    You have captured the inherent beauty in this downed pine.
    I see a spider in its web.
    And I love spiders; they bring messages like you did with this compelling image.

  • thank you so much Anita ~ :)

    – LindaR

  • Anita Donohoe
    Anita Donohoealmost 7 years ago

    PS: The Giving Tree is one of my all-time favorite stories.

  • mine too ~ so glad you know it ~ I can’t read it without being moved to tears xx

    – LindaR

  • linaji
    linajialmost 7 years ago

    Oh my God Linda, I feel the tears.. I thought you treated this photo… they are speaking to us.. so very sad,, but for trees I will believe life is as eternal for them as us… remember the clip of the brain scientist… There simply is no Death… Thank you so much… I love your spirit they were happy you were there!!

  • thank you Lina ~ xx

    – LindaR

  • nikki75
    nikki75almost 7 years ago

    beautiful colour and lovely image.

  • thanks nikki :)

    – LindaR

  • felixx
    felixxalmost 7 years ago

    Well observed Linda, this is lovely

  • thank so much Karen :)

    – LindaR

  • Bouzov
    Bouzovalmost 7 years ago

    Linda, I love the colour in this one. Have you touched it up or thats natural?

  • thanks Les ~ it was popped up a bit with saturation & the wood was wet and cloudy day – I wanted the colors to sing xx

    – LindaR

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 7 years ago

    The color is just spectacular. But how sad. We lost trees during an icestorm a few years back and it made me cry! But it is so good of you to see something positive in this tragedy. Great capture!

  • funny ~ I used to love trees as a little girl ~ one in particular I remember feeling like it was alive & my friend ~ full circle now…different but love all the same xx

    – LindaR

  • wolfman
    wolfmanalmost 7 years ago

    just an amazing shot lindaR . it’s such a shame they were taken down so wrong………………stu

  • thanks Stu :)

    – LindaR

  • Antanas
    Antanasalmost 7 years ago

    beautiful work

  • thank you Antanas :)

    – LindaR

  • lianne
    liannealmost 7 years ago

    Awe inspiring – my God I hate to see a tree cut down! Wonderful work Linda!

  • thank Lianne ~ I am just back now from shooting more trees that have been cut down~met a runner who had the same feeling about it as I did ~ as he has been enjoying the same path and trees I have…xx

    – LindaR

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