Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Grand Old Tree

Okay, we are going back to Colorado for a day. This old tree lies at the top of our 70 acres. It’s been down a long, long time. I think it was a ponderosa pine but I can’t be certain. There are other living ponderosas that dot this ridge so it would make sense.

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You’ve got to admit that in its repose it has a lovely view. If you’re going to fall over you might as well do it right.

If you back up a bit from where the tree lies you would get this view. I took these shots and stitched them together into a panorama. That’s Bull Mountain in the background. The cabin lies kind of mid-photo where you can just see trees sticking up beyond the hill.


The dry climate has weathered the tree to a state of mummification. Its bark and roots have taken on a kind of patina that only years of being exposed to harsh sun and wind can accomplish.

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Its mighty roots that once kept it grounded now reach for the sky instead.

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Its gnarly branches reach out in supplication.

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It is indeed a grand old tree. Even in death it commands respect.


Definitely a great subject for photos! Love it!

I also loved your line: “If you’re going to fall over you might as well do it right.” Seems like a good life motto.

Steve, glad you enjoyed the tree ... and the line! wink

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