Sunday, October 23, 2011

A sundae for Sunday



I've shown you this tree before - its skeletal structure stands at the corner property as I take the turn towards town. It stands near the little red shack on a property that is for sale. 
The back of the red shack on the corner.


Someone tried to burn her as she stood.  I know it wasn't a lightening strike as there was an actual brush pile built at her base at one time, and they set her ablaze.  But she continued to stand, singed but still whole.

Her trunk is thick - you can't really tell how large by these photos - and it twists.  And her limbs are gnarled.
Love the 'O'


What does this tree have to do with a sundae?  Well, her trunk, remaining wood grain, and charred bark remind me of vanilla ice cream with caramel and chocolate sauce. 

I love this old tree and admire her every time I drive by.  She won't be standing forever, especially once the property sells.

115 comments:

Kathy said...

She is certainly full of character.

Carole Meisenhelter said...

I've enjoyed the interesting photos on this post too; love 'trees' ... they can have so much character like you saw in this one.

Mary said...

I'd say the shack will go too. I wonder what kind of tree she was/is. I love dead trees they always remind me of strength.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

That really is a neat tree, love the twists and truns:@)

Jill said...

What a fantastic old tree. I adore that old red shack too. So many stories between the two.

trav4adventures said...

There's another huge eucalyptus where a red ranch used to be right off the Interstate 10 freeway in Indio. I photographed the ranch before it was bulldozed this year. I thought the tree might be gone, but she still stands, too. I've taken photos of it several times, but I need to drive back one more time before she disappears. She's like yours...she has stories to tell!

Sarah Knight said...

Trees always have personality : )

Tammy said...

She is a gnarley beauty.

bj said...

The old dame is quite magnificent..glad you got these great photos...
You do indeed have quite the imagination...:)) I am sure I would never have thought 'sundae' while looking at her.:)

Sandra said...

if i bought the property she would stand there until she fell and then lay there. she is beautiful, I love all trees and really like it when they are dead and gnarled like this. i would never have burned her, but it does make her more interesting. cool O in the trunk. i see the red shack has power and AC so maybe i will buy it just for the tree...

Samantha said...

She is a beauty..I'm so glad you'll have her photos even after she's gone.

Woody said...

I love the theme and it does resemble a sundae (hmmm, sundae for Sunday breakfast?.

I think it great to find beauty in 'tired' things ...
things that everyone takes for granted as old and ugly. Things that people pass but and never notice anymore. Ironically, the exact theme of my Monday post!

Giga said...

Jeden człowiek chciał, a drugi wykręcić :-), a drzewo dalej stoi. Pozdrawiam

Lynne said...

You are amazing . . .

I like the red shack as much as the tree . . .

If that tree could talk . . .

Shifan said...

What a fantastic old tree.great photos...

Candy C. said...

I love gnarly old trees, the stories they could tell! Thanks for sharing this one with us! :)

The White Farmhouse said...

It is an interesting tree. It might be a twisted willow. They grow turning like this one. Love all the interesting shapes. It does kinda look like a sundae.

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Love the photo of the tree and the old red shack.

Lovely.


Happy Sunday


x Fiona

ps have you had any rain yet?

We have bucket loads here :(

Mom of M&Ms said...

if I bought the property, I would leave her standing there

Jan n Jer said...

I guess burning it down is cheaper and easier then trying to cut it down. You do have an imagination...I would never have seen a "Sundae" in that tree..LOL

Roan said...

Maybe the new owners will see her inner beauty and let her stand.

Gone Country said...

Were you hungry when you looked at this tree, lol! What a great tree though... and perfect for Halloween too!

polkadotpeticoat said...

Just amazing.....

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

"blueberry pie ala mode"?, vanilla ice cream with caramel and chocolate sauce?, someone is going to have a rough day. When the property sells and they go to cut the tree down, you could save it and have the entire tree transported to a spot by the pond by just sticking the trunk into a hole in the ground. Would make a nice roost for birds. Save the tree! Are those rain clouds in the sky?

M. Reka said...

That is a beautiful and neat tree, love your blog!

Short Poems

rainfield61 said...

She is all the way unique until the final moment.

She has the character.

Larry Ostby said...

There is a tree with character and hardened pride. Terrific photos T. that identify her strength and attitude.

bailey-road.com said...

I love your photos of this wonderful old tree.Such history and character in that thick trunk and those gnarled limbs. I think, unless they are a hazard, dead trees should be allowed to stand, as they often are important to wildlife.

Margie said...

She IS a beauty, but a sundae? The O probably stands for oh shit, somebody tried to burn me down!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

It's interesting how we get attached to certain trees. And I love that little red shack. Long may they both stand.

Michaele said...

Such a perfect rest spot for weary traveling birds. Standing there in all it's nakedness it can't help but be seen. Great tribute to this tree.

Melodie said...

If that old tree could talk....

Comment1 said...

Gosh, even the shack looks like Hallowe'en!

Allison said...

Yes, I can see that! haha. You see beauty everywhere, my friend. I'd take a chunk of that wood anytime to decorate! xo

magicpolaroid said...

awesome sots, looklike a sculpture!

Randy said...

There is a beauty about it. Like it's reaching for the sky.

Hilary said...

I share your love for gnarly, old, all but dead trees. I say "all but dead" because they still have a lot to offer the wildlife around them. I hope the new owners will appreciate that. Lovely shots.

Inger said...

I'm sure the tree has many tales to tell. I love how you see things, like the O and the vanilla sundae, in nature.

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

Boy when you have a craving for ice cream, you can make anything remind you of it:) Love the old tree and especially the 'O'

Debbie said...

i hope she stands strong forever. now i'd like a hot fudge sundae, with the works!!

it's not nice to tease!!

Farm Girl said...

It is a very nice tree, I of course just see the wood and all of the things you could make with the tree and the shack. :)

Karen said...

I have always loved trees...

Have you ever read "The Giving Tree"? wonderful childrens book.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

I see opportunity and great use for this in my woodwork shop. :)

Robin said...

T. it's a great old tree. It has a lot of character.
Nice shots, by the way!

Elizabeth Grimes said...

Cool and kinda creepy! Love it. Gets me in the mood for Halloween. :)

KAT said...

stripped naked of her beautiful bark...I think she is sad and lonely looking. abused I guess by the fire starters.

thank you for sharing her...she will forever be a part of the Earth

- KAT -

Gary said...

Really fascinating tree!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

sweetdaysundertheoaks said...

Oh Tex, it's sad to lose a tree. Your shot is a beautiful old tree. Strong and proud is what she is! That is what I believe :)

Kari in Vegas said...

Thats a super cool looking tree!

Stop on by for a visit
Kari
dogisgodinreverse.com

Ellie said...

That looks like a very old tree.
Poor old thing imagine setting fire to her. I hope she stands forever.

Kay said...

What a great narley old tree.

Kay

Country Mouse Studio said...

She is a beauty and so nice of you to honor her this way.

Sylvia K said...

What a magnificent old lady she is! She deserves a post in her honor! Wouldn't it be wonderful to hear the stories she could tell? Great post for the day as always! I love it!


Sylvia

Pricilla said...

She is quite evocative of her place in time

Bob Bushell said...

Beauty of that tree, I could kiss it.

Lois Evensen said...

Great tree, but the little red house fascinates me, too. There is electricity, air conditioning, and there are other signs of living there. Very interesting.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

what's the lil red shack used for? i can't believe the tree didn't burn down when set on fire... how's that possible? Every time my aunts & I pass a tree like this on our country drives, I always say 'that gnarly tree' in a surfer dude accent! Heheheee I'm actually making fun of the surfer dudes when they say gnarly, cuz it's two totally different meanings! LoL! They thought I'd lost my mind the 1st time I did it around them... I can keep em laughin, tho, that's for sure!

happy week

SweetMarie said...

That old tree is amazing! You definitely captured her beauty in these photos.
I love your imagination! Were you going to the grocery store when you thought of a sundae?

Chatty Crone said...

Okay that tree is full of wonderful character. And how great it is for Halloween! Sandie

Fjällripan said...

It is really a beatuiful three!

Louise said...

She is a beauty, and give witness to the resiliency of life. She fought many battles in her life, and her skeleton continues to put up the good fight, even after the spark of life is gone.

barbara l. hale said...

She's beautiful and deserves admiration. Love the photos!

Barb said...

I hope she continues to stand - she's very beautiful! great shots!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

That is so gorgeous!
Night pics in moonlight would be awesome!
Now, get on that assignment :)
xo, misha

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

A great and unusual landmark. Love how limbs curl. :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

There is so much beauty in this old tree,it would be a shame to have it taken down,but,I know not everyone thinks that way.

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

You've captured her character and skeletal remains well!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

She is a survivor! And it will be a big loss if she is cut down. The colors are scrumptious.

Leenie said...

Too bad we all can't age that well. Nice photos.

Bruce Clark said...

I really like the textures in the last couple of shots.

Felicity said...

I always enjoy your perspective on life and the way you stretch my thinking.
There's no way I would have seen a sundae in this but as soon as I read your description I had to nod.

Have you heard of yarn bombing?
It's where people enliven trees with lovely crochet/knitting/etc giving them an added dimension.

I love Ms Sunday Sundae just the way she is but if she was yarn bombed she might be viewed and valued in a different way by those who can't see her inherent strength and beauty as she is.....just a thought.

Happy day!

littlethingsoflife said...

TWG, this old tree reminds me of several elderly family members and friends of “the greatest generation.” It has no doubt weathered all kinds of storms and harsh weather, yet it continues to stand with even more character than it had as a young tree. In the same way, my parents, grandparents, and other elderly friends developed strength of character as they endured their hardships of life. Even though some of their bodies were bent and twisted with the ravages of old age, they displayed the same sinewy, enduring beauty as your old tree! I only hope that I can weather as gracefully(!)

Being the chocaholic that I am, I can identify with your seeing a sundae every time you pass by. ;)

Keep us posted on the tree and the shack!

wayside wanderer said...

What a beauty and a sundae sounds really good right about now.

Kerry said...

That tree is like a piece of sculpture. I hope whoever buys the property appreciates both the tree and the shack.

Sharon said...

That's one beautiful tree, I wouldn't mind one like that in my yard - real character!

Gail said...

Oh, if that tree could talk! I can only imagine the wonderful stories she could tell.

SouthCoast Guy said...

that is a good story...hope that tree is there for 30 more years!

Farmchick said...

Love this tree...it is almost sculptural.

eileeninmd said...

What a cool looking tree. I love seeing these bare trees still standing. They do remind me of a sculpture, like Farmchick states above. Great photos, have a wonderful week!

Barb said...

That property is a real fixer-upper! But the tree - tenacity for sure. I think the "O" looks like when we make the A-OK symbol with our fingers.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

There's still beauty in this tree, and don't you just wish you could hear the story that there is to be told about how it's stood through so much....People can learn from that...

Paula said...

Hey maybe you could buy a taco in the little red building.Oh sorry I was thinking Atascosa county. Hope the new owners doesn't take your tree away.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

I love trees of all kinds and that is certainly one with a lot of character! Ditto the building!

Evelyn S. said...

Definitely quite the character as you paint her!

Chinatours said...

Well, you've changed the style of your blog, nice looking as well, while it is not that convenient to leave a comment, it is too long since your posts are always warm-greeted, anyway, your blog can always give me some fresh ideas, nice work!

Tiffany said...

What a beautiful tree...and you are right on about the "sundae".

Tiffany

Annette said...

That is one very cool tree!

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

That tree has character! As for the red shack; I've known a few characters in my day who wouldn't look out of place hanging out there.

J Bar said...

Beautiful.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Linda R. said...

She looks pretty spooky to me... Perfect tree for Halloween.. Love the shots you took!!

BlueShell said...

...and she is still standing! Gorgeous!

I like yhat!!!

Hugs..
BShell

SquirrelQueen said...

I love old gnarled trees like this one, she is a beauty. Maybe the new owners will love her too.

Jennifer said...

Its a beautiful tree, sad the someone will take it down one day. I'm sure the birds love it.

Desiree said...

I love the way you have honoured this once gracious tree, now still hauntingly beautiful in her skeletal form.

Nordis said...

A wonderful photo series. Very interesting. I liked it very much. Greeting
Nordis

reba said...

You know that is my first...never seen the pattern on the trunk like that one...amazing!!! Thanks for sharing it. Drop by sometime and check out my blog...from my little corner of the world. Blessings.

Furry Bottoms said...

That tree is definitely awesome! It is so unique in its size and sytle of branches. I'd be sad to see it go!

Poppy Daydreams said...

It's strange how some trees can appear alive and full of character even though they are no more. Fantastic photo's.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Sad that someone tried to burn her. She sure has a lot of character!!

Pat Tillett said...

The shack will probably go before the tree does! But hey, it has A/C!
Love the b&w pic...

Cindy said...

Hopefully, whoever buys the cute red building will see the beauty in both of them! Lovely picture.

Barbara said...

Now that is a very cool tree!

Montanagirl said...

This is a GREAT tree! And what wonderful photo-ops she provides. Hope she stands for a long time yet.

Margaret said...

It is very artistic, I agree!

Saun said...

What a beautiful tree thanks for sharing,

Maria Emilia Moreira said...

Magnífica série sobre a velha árvore!
O tronco tem uma coloração muito bela e os ramos torcidos são uma obra de arte.

Rose said...

She is a majestic old tree...even without any clothes on!

Deb said...

that tree has great charachter...I really like it...nice photos..

Karrie said...

Lusty!

Kelly said...

...cool tree. It would make a great painting!

Sherry said...

I absolutely love trees, dead or alive. In fact I decorate my house with pics of all kinds of trees.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

that is a really beautiful tree.
great texture!

pattisjarrett said...

She's taken all that man and nature could dish out, and still stands tall and proud.

bon bon said...

gnarly, dude! ;o)

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Bet she has lots of stories to tell!

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