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Throughout the year you tell many stories
As you shed, conceive and recolour your leaves;
Or the mind of the artist as they bring flavour
To the things they scribble on a piece of paper.
Sometimes you yourself will be the slate
To commemorate the first kiss on a date;
And finally through the camera lens
You bring life to your own fibres again.

Everything in life has a story
Lets make ours a fine memory
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My tribute to trees and the stories they produce; whether through themselves or the things we write, draw, or print on the papers made of them – or sometimes on they themselves; that was where my inspiration came from.

I took the photo today (Oct, 6, 2012) with a CASIO EX-FC100, then enhanced it in Photoshop – see original photo here

It has been cloudy most of the day and I sat through the cold waiting for the sun to come out as I tried to experiment with the set-up. The leaves on the branches above tell a story as they record their shadows within the pages of the book. Soon the shady green trees of summer will be a shadow of the past…

For my other tribute to trees (which is based more on health) see here

Toronto, Canada.

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  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehalmost 2 years ago

    Throughout the year you tell many stories
    As you shed, conceive and recolour your leaves;
    Or the mind of the artist as they bring flavour
    To the things they scribble on a piece of paper.
    Sometimes you yourself will be the slate
    To commemorate the first kiss on a date;
    And finally through the camera lens
    You bring life to your own fibres again.

    I wrote the verse earlier, on Oct 3 2012, and was originally going to pair it with my graffiti tree photo, but I wasn’t that fond of it, so I waited until I could get a more suitable photo to accompany my poem.

    © Copyright Mui-Ling Teh. All rights reserved.

  • And just as I was nearly finished writing out the description, it suddenly started shining BEAUTIFULLY outside! Ah man, just my luck >:S

    Well it is coming and going :P

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Jonathan  Green
    Jonathan Greenalmost 2 years ago

    Great Photography & Wonderful Words Of Wisdom !

  • Thank you Jonathan Green!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 2 years ago

    Beautiful!!!

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Tayloralmost 2 years ago

    beautiful work Mui-Ling, I love this concept of the trees, the paper, the artists, the stories we tell, your wonderful poem….the inspiration of trees….what a beautiful idea! :) x

  • Well Karin this is exactly what I’ve been talking about – and upon seeing your street art and remembering my graffiti tree I knew I had to get the poem out there somehow; needed a suitable image – even if there is no graffiti on the tree this time – probably for the better. Thank you so much! xx

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Nicole  McKinney
    Nicole McKinneyalmost 2 years ago

    What a creative concept Mui-Ling… I was just thinking today about my faithful journal and how I could photograph it (just an ugly notebook!) You went in a totally different direction than i will probably eventually go, but yours is so inspiring!!!

  • Thank you Nicole. I was kind of going through something similar – by the time I thought about using a notebook to include in my tree pic, I started to wonder if I should maybe write or draw something in it. Yesterday as I was doing some experimenting, I liked the way the leaves cast their shadows on the pages so I knew then I didn’t need to write or draw anything. The ground surrounding the tree however was pretty bare; there wasn’t even much grass. So I collected some leaves to make the ground nicer, but by the time I finished doing that the sun was already gone and I didn’t think it was going to be back again that day, so I came back to the same spot today to try the pic again. Yesterday’s shadow actually looked nicer, but I can’t control nature and it’s getting cold so I decided this would be it (especially considering this located was quite a distance away from where I live).

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely, both the image and the words . . .

  • Thank you Hugh :)

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely idea MuiLing, and beautifully executed…

  • Samohsong
    Samohsongalmost 2 years ago

    Very lovely works Mui-Ling! I think the photo and poem work very nicely together. ~Sam

  • Thank you Sam! Yesterday was colder and had more cloudy periods than the day before so as I was out yesterday I was even more disappointed that I couldn’t get the shot I wanted the day before (See my reply to Nicole McKinney). Today however was even colder and cloudier! So it is a good thing I got this shot yesterday and will not need do it again!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenalmost 2 years ago

    Very beautifully done Mui-LIng!

  • walela
    walelaalmost 2 years ago

    Nice

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