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Where the banks of the Charles curve to make room for the Storrow Lagoon, there lies an amazing tree. What appears to be a tangle of branches from a small gathering of trees is actually the winding reach of a single tenacious individual. Long before my time, it fell but its roots remained firmly planted in the ground. So instead of withering away, it stretched side branches to the sky, sent out new roots where its trunk touched earth and curved its length along the shore. In warm weather, the sturdy bend of its trunk is a favored resting place for locals to perch and watch the sun set. And though I’ve stood beneath to admire its form, I’ve never climbed it. Because I don’t see a tree. I see a small forest that grew by reaching beyond misfortune.

Charles River Esplanade, Boston, Massachusetts USA
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Focal length 4.7mm (26mm SLR equivalent), 1/125 sec at f/8, ISO 200
RAW image processed into JPG with Nik Efex Collection, Lightroom & Photoshop

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During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • Owed to Nature
    Owed to Nature10 months ago

    Description by  Owed to Nature

  • Where the banks of the Charles curve to make room for the Storrow Lagoon, there lies an amazing tree. What appears to be a tangle of branches from a small gathering of trees is actually the winding reach of a single tenacious individual. Long before my time, it fell but its roots remained firmly planted in the ground. So instead of withering away, it stretched side branches to the sky, sent out new roots where its trunk touched earth and curved its length along the shore. In warm weather, the sturdy bend of its trunk is a favored resting place for locals to perch and watch the sun set. And though I’ve stood beneath to admire its form, I’ve never climbed it. Because I don’t see a tree. I see a small forest that grew by reaching beyond misfortune.
     

    Charles River Esplanade, Boston, Massachusetts USA

    – Owed to Nature

  • Kent Keller
    Kent Keller10 months ago

    This is a beautiful dreamy image Sylvia!

  • Not your typical city tree. i often feel it belongs in a fairy tale but glad to have it so close to home. ;-) Thanks Kent!

    – Owed to Nature

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB10 months ago

    February 21,2014

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you very much Teresa for your comments, Feature and fave! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • floatingpilot
    floatingpilot10 months ago

    Beautiful capture – Congrats on your feature!! :o)

  • Thank you for your comments and fave. Very much appreciated! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Imi Koetz
    Imi Koetz10 months ago

    This is beautiful……Congratulations on your Feature!!!!!!!!…………

  • This tree has fascinated me for years. So pleased to share it and honored for your comments and fave. Thank You Imi!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomas10 months ago

    Gorgeous!

  • Thank you Stephen!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapman9 months ago

    Beautiful line of trees and roots and the backdrop is just so vibrant and stunning

  • Thank you Stuart! I’m amazed that this tree thrives as it does in all its twisted wonder. And it couldn’t have picked a more perfect spot to root and enjoy the sun setting on the Charles River. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-D9 months ago

    Beautiful tree and dreamy shot. I love it. Kasia

  • Thank you Kasia! A favorite view and destination in my neighborhood that allows me to focus on Nature and imagine I’m no longer in a city… ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...9 months ago

    Such a graceful and beautiful display of nature’s persistence and drive to survive!

  • What beautiful comments! Thank you so much Celeste for your generosity and thoughtfulness.

    – Owed to Nature

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortier8 months ago

    Beautiful…did you think of putting this in the group “One Tree at a Time”? This is really quite amazing!

  • Many Thanks Sandra for your thoughtfulness, support and suggestion… Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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