Thursday, February 26, 2009

Bare Branches

My mother said to me,
"When one sees the tree in leaf
one thinks
the beauty of the tree is in its leaves,

and then one sees the bare tree."
Samuel Menashe


There is lace in every living thing:
the bare branches of winter,
the patterns of clouds,
the surface of water
as it ripples in the breeze....

Brunonia Barry (The Lace Reader)


Bare trees stand proudly
Knowing that spring will return
To clothe them in green
Tanja Cilia


God loved the birds and invented trees.
Man loved the birds and invented cages.
Jacques Deval


Photos: 1. Clear skies over Guelph Lake, Ontario
2. Sunset over the Speed River, Cambridge Ontario
3. Tree at noon by the Grand River, Cambridge, Ontario
4. Common Redpoll at Riverside Park, Cambridge, Ontario

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31 comments:

  1. Lovely photos and so true. I have never heard the last saying before. Sad but true.

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  2. I really like the second pic over the Speed.

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  3. I really like love the second picture. I've always loved the look of bare branches, black against the setting sun.

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  4. Wonderful pictures and verses Ruth.

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  5. Oh my gosh, these photos are all stunning! I especially love the third one by the Grand River. Gorgeous!

    Just the beauty boost I need to start my day.

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  6. Really appealing combination of photos and quotes!

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  7. Great reminder that there is beauty even in what appears to be stark.

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  8. Really a nice set of photos for SkyWatch Friday. I am always interested in what others are doing. Have a nice weekend.

    My Skywatch Post

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  9. All are excellent shots, I especially love the 2nd one, its perfect.

    Have a great weekend!
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

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  10. We do not get the redpolls where we live a very pretty bird. Great photos.

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  11. Lovely photos. Can't choose a fave.

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  12. Lovely series.
    The last shot is beautiful! :)

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  13. Lovely photos, and great view of the sky around it as well...

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  14. what a lovely series of photos....I love the bird one the best...

    Gill in Southern Ontario

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  15. Great quotes. And I do think bare branches are beautiful. ;-) Good thing, since they are that way for a good portion of the year here in Ontario. Nice photos, all of them.

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  16. Awesome all around - photos, quotes, everything!

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  17. Bare branches have a certain beauty when the sun catches them. That bird is just so cute.

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  18. I found the photos with the quotes to go along with it to be very soothing.-Very nice!

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  19. Wonderful sequencing! The last one really packed a punch. I've always liked winter for that reason I think. Down here in south Florida our cypress are most photogenic when the needles have fallen.

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  20. The bare trees against the sky are spectacular.Love the verses with each photo.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  21. Lovely shots, and great quotes. Happy SWF. :)

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  22. Beautiful shots. I also like the quotes.

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  23. Excellent SWF post. The bare lacey branches of winter give us hope for spring. Let us not cage anything and capture it instead, like you did, for many to enjoy.

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  24. Beautiful photos Ruth and the one about birds and cages is true and sad. I hate to see all the birds in cages at the pet stores...

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  25. Very beautiful photos. Love Tikerbell sitting in the tree.

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  26. What beautiful shots and the sky is soooo blue and the verses are perfect. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a great weekend
    Smiles

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  27. The pictures are beautiful. I like the sunset over the half-frozen river.

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  28. What a wonderful series of shots, Ruth. I like them all, but the first one is very special for me. I like the words too. Thanks for sharing all of this.
    Have a great weekend!

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  29. The second photo is my favorite!

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  30. I can't wait to see the green again, though.

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  31. really stunning photos and wonderful quotes! Birds should be free, for sure.

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