Thursday, April 08, 2010
GETTING ARBOREAL - Tree project
Back in August of 2009, Julie at Land of Lost Luggage,
suggested an Arboreal Collaborations project, call Getting Arboreal: A Nature Collection. At her site you can see the list of names of participating artists.
This is my tree. It's a Bur Oak, common to my area. It's family is Beech (Fragaceae)
The tough cork like bark can withstand prairie fires so you will find many of them, quite old, 150-250 years old, standing along side fields or in the middle of prairies.
This one was by the side of the road along Old Military Ridge Road. There was something about it's huge comforting shape that always caught my eye. I didn't travel this road on a regular basis but when I did I always seemed to be drawn to this tree.
These huge burls were wonderful.
My Summer shot showed that some of the old limbs were dead but the tree still seemed healthy.
The winter shot.
This morning, Murphy and I set off to take our April picture of OUR TREE. Imagine my surprise, first of all when we drove out of Verona, covered in snow, to find that five miles down the road it hadn't snowed at all! As we approached the tree I could tell that something was wrong. The shape was different. Somebody had trimmed off limbs and burls. I'm sure the tree is healthier now with dead wood that could rip off as it fell gone. I'm sure that the burls will be used by some artist to create gorgeous bowls. But, I have to say, I was very sad. It was as if a dear, dear older friend had decided to have a face lift. Gone were her wrinkles of age and character. Gone were the laugh lines, the concerned lines, the lines that told me that she had lived life.
Well, she's standing tall now and a little thinner and straighter and that's a good thing. But, I miss her old shape and you know, I'm really glad I participated in this project because I have pictures from BEFORE. I have a record of what was. Even if I'm the only person in the world that was interested.
:)Bea Tree hugger and creating all the time.
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