Kansas (along with a large portion of the rest of the United States) has been in a drought this past year. We are also in the middle of winter, which usually means that there isn’t a great deal of moisture around here, anyways. However, yesterday we had a nice rain shower that lasted most of the day. As I was looking out the window, I noticed the reflection in my antique truck. The tree, which has no leaves due to the winter climate, was reflected in the green of my truck. This image struck me that the rain we were getting will bring life (eventually) back to the trees, and they will be green (like my truck). It made me think of it as a foreshadowing of what is to come, in that in a few months’ time, the tree itself will also be green, not just a green reflection of the tree. Hope you all enjoy!
Rainy Day Reflections
So today I was remembering my dog (we lost him last July). I had gone out back and taken some pictures of our back yard yesterday, and decided to go out and visit his grave site and say “Hello”. We buried him under his favorite tree, a huge Sycamore, where he used to always lounge, since it provided good shade and he could watch all the animals go through the yard. He was the friendliest dog I have ever owned, getting along with everyone and being very careful around smaller animals and children. You can see a picture of him at this post on my wife’s blog. While visiting him and telling him what has been going on in his back yard, this picture really struck me. The sycamore tree had a limb cut off quite some time ago, and against the white trunk of the tree, made for an interesting contrast. It reminded me of him and his connection to our family. Even though we have lost him (just like this tree lost its limb), he will forever be a part of us. We love and miss you, Harley!!!
Tree Limb B&W
So, I’m still messing around with my B&W photos. This is an older photo I took on a trip to Arizona in 2009 to visit some good friends. It was a point and shoot Fuji, but when I saw this tree along the road I couldn’t pass it up. Here I have posted the color version, along with the B&W version. Feel free to indicate which you like best. I will say that in the B&W, I do like the contrast between the base of the tree and the freshly plowed field directly behind it.
Arizona Tree B&W
Walking through the woods, many times you will come across limbs that have fallen, and are slowly being eroded back into the soil to nourish other plants and complete the cycle of life. My wife and I were out walking through a field, and I saw the remains of this tree standing at the edge of the field, surrounded by luscious growth and foliage. It made me wonder how old the tree was, and what had caused it to die. Was it struck by lightning? Was it being consumed by termites? Yet no matter what had caused it, the tree was still standing, refusing to just fade away into memory. It stood proud, and was a stark contrast to all the others around it. Solitary. Proud. Defiant.
Dead tree standing proud