Jill Zaheer's JAZWORKS: A Tapestry of Mixed Media, Painting, Collaborations, Photography, and Poetry

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Last Arboreal Post in this Wonderful Series

This is the last in the series of Julie Prichard from Land of  Lost Luggage  and  JeriAnn's from Commuter's Journal Arboreal collaboration, a photo essay of the life of a tree over the course of several seasons.  My first post can be seen here and the second post of my special Grandma Willow tree can be seen here.  With so many trees to pick from, I decided to select my very favorite one  across the street from where I live. It's not a flowering tree or perfectly formed.  It's very old, weathered and leans to one side. But, she is the most beautiful  tree to me and here is her runway shot in all her glory!

Julie was interested to see both the changes to our selected tree and the environment in which the tree lives.

I just had to sneak in shots from October so you can see Grandma in her autumn colors.
 They really match her spirit!
And here is a branch that extends over the adjacent street, larger than most tree trunks.
And here she is in all her beauty dressed up in her winter white!

And then one night, I exited my local bus to see this.
From all of the ferocious storms that hit this winter, the town decided to cut down the huge branch that swong out over the road.  
   Grandma's branch is larger than most tree trunks!
And here is Grandma now-looking so peaceful and quiet in her early morning- before the sun spreads her glimmer. She's fresh from her shower, the hairdresser-  and now all pruned and ready for spring to flourish and grow stronger than ever before! Like people, taking off destructive layers of our past and thoughts/items/unwelcoming souls that weigh us down are better off removed- no matter how difficult it may seem at the time.  It creates an  opening for new energies and gifts of life to greet us! And from this, we can  be open to  new creativity and excitement from which we can soar!

Looking forward to a fresh new season
 in  the sweet  life of Grandma Willow.
You can view all of the participants 
 and their posts on the left sidebar of Julie's blog here. Enjoy!


Steen said...

Thanks for the story of your beloved tree!

Thought about this that I read a while ago:

We all travel the milky way together, trees and men... trees are travellers, in the ordinary sense.
They make journeys, not very extensive ones, it is true:
but our own little comes and goes are only little more than tree-wavings - many of them not so much. John Muir.
Regards Steen

wanda miller said...

oh my goodness...what beautiful shots of a magnificent tree...how it continues to grow in the sidewalk, no less is amazing to me. thank you for taking the time to show us all her glory. wanda

Seth said...

Grandma Willow shows off her majesty in all seasons. And even that major trunk trimming did not dim the glory of this tree. Pehaps there is a lesson for all of us in her story. Thank you!!

Julie said...

WOW This is so well written..I am so happy to hear the stories of these trees...just glorious, Jilly!! THANK YOU for playing along with us and thank you to Grandma Willow too xo

Bea said...

You were absolutely right, our posts are very much alike. Our trees got a little tip and tuck didn't they? lol I hope both of them are around for a long time now. I especially loved the winter photo of your tree. Thanks for stopping by! :)Bea

layers said...

I just left Seth's post on his trees-- to yours-- beautiful images here--magnificent trees and such fun for you to collaborate

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Each season with this magnificent tree is a treasure! Lovely writing to go with your fab pics Jill! I DO Love trees!
Happy Spring!

Marlynn said...

Grandma Willow has been a joy to follow. Thank you so much for introducing her to me.

jgr said...

Beautiful! WOW. Thank you for sharing 'her' with us!

di from di-did-it said...

I was captivated by both you photos and your, or should I say, Grandma Willow's story. Thank you for sharing!

rivergardenstudio said...

Your majestic tree is filled with age and timelessness at the same time. I love it's bark, and it's branches in the winter. Also the quote from Steen's comment is beautiful, John Muir... what a wondrous soul... roxanne

Susan Tuttle said...

what a beautiful, old strong tree:)