Sunday, December 4, 2011

A little back road beauty

On a recent driving excursion (to hunt for barns and fences, of course), I came across this tree.  Had to throw the truck in reverse and go back to snap its photo.  I just liked it.

Okay, I liked this one, too.

90 comments:

Mom of M&Ms said...

love these.. but then I love trees.. and the lighting in the first is really intriquing

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

last weekend I found a tree I really liked. I should go take it's picture sometime :-)

Kathy said...

Don't you love those brake-slamming events! This guy looks a bit forlorn but yet full of character.

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Amazing how the simplest things can be so beautiful! Hope you found lots of barns and fences too!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Old twisted trees against that blue sky,WOW! Beautiful.

Deb said...

I love trees like that...unique personalities...

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful! Trees are a favorite subject of mine!

bailey-road.com said...

I love those twisty branches!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Alex would announce that the one limb is like a rainbow. ;) blessings ~ tanna

Karen said...

I love trees... so much character, so many different kinds.. all regal, dont you think?

Lynne said...

Weathered charcoal trees and brilliant blue skies make for some really "great picks!"

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Good morning,T!
There's something so cool about knarly old trees. Trees are a favorite of mine to photograph, too.
I've missed you while I was away!

Hilary said...

Beauties. Some of my favourite trees are dead ones in the area.. one in particular, which I photograph often reminds me of your top shot.. though there's still a lot of life left in yours.

Breathtaking said...

Good shot.Old trees are really
facinating to photograph,I can't get enough of them!!

Lorilee said...

Great shots. I often see things and wish for a photo. This time of year I find it hard to take many photos at all. By the time I get home from work and errands, it is dark! I have several things to share, but haven't been able to get the photos I want to show!
Blessings,
Lorilee

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Like those old dead trees. The hawks and vultures like them too.

latebloomerbuds said...

Me too. They have personality. Margie

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great pictures of the old tree, Theresa. When we were on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we took pictures of some of the old trees around...

Love that BLUE sky too.
Hugs,
Betsy

Jill said...

Great shots. Really like the second tree!

trav4adventures said...

I LOVE finding old, dead trees! There is a huge, dead eucaluptus tree off one of the freeway exits not far from where I live. The ranch with it was demolished a couple of years ago, but the tree remains in place. I actually stopped there this week and took photos of it before it, too, disappears! You can see it here:

http://desertsandbeyond.blogspot.com/2011/12/tree-and-sunsetfirst-of-month120111.html

Dmarie said...

I like those shots too...thank you for reversing! ;)

Bob Bushell said...

I really like it too, lovely photos.

Rita said...

I notice unique trees, too. Dead and alive. These are really cool! :)

Sylvia K said...

I love all those twisty, crooked limbs! Such interesting trees and terrific shots! Enjoy your day!

Sylvia

ellen abbott said...

There was an oak in the park down the street at the city house that had been struck by lightning I think, anyway it broke in half leaving only one branch and continued to grow and live. I loved that tree, took many a photo of it but eventually the city cut it down. I was very pissed the day they did that since it was obviously still a living tree that posed no danger.

Roan said...

I love the shape of trees and the eeriness of the dead ones. Very nice choices.

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful trees, love trees too.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Trees have so many forms and shapes. They are always an artistic study. I went through a few om my mountain three images yesterday and I always discover something new and beautiful.

Farmchick said...

Back road beauty is just one of my favorite things. Nice pics.

Michaele said...

Like last summer waiting to see rain in Texas, I now find myself wondering when I will see winter?

Kay said...

Nice shots. Thanks for sharing.

Kay

A.M. Kuska said...

Those are really awesome. I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that. I screamed at my mom to pull over when I saw the most striking picture I've ever taken in my life...it was in California and we'd had a wildfire burn through. Everything was black and charred on this one hill, and the only color at all in the whole place was the red on a sign that said, "Danger: Extreme Fire Hazard."

I still have the photo, but I can't show it to anyone because I just get the "its photo shopped" response. >:( It is NOT!

Candy C. said...

Good trees! :)

Daniel said...

Was it a throw back to your years as a teen spent sitting in trees... and drawing? :)

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Beautiful trees and you captured them so well.

Loving that blue sky too.


Fiona x

Lois Evensen said...

Oh, what stories these could tell....

Nice images.

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

I like those trees too Tex! I think I like them all leafed out and of course I do but those undressed trees have a charm of their own. They just need somebody like you that cares enough about them to give them a little spotlight :)

polkadotpeticoat said...

Its had a hard life and has lived to tell about it!!

Giga said...

Bardzo ładne kolorystycznie zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam

That Janie Girl said...

Oooh. Those are pretty. I'd have backtracked, too!

Ellie said...

I like them too, it's all the lovely bendy branches I think, plus that lovely blue sky in the background doesn't hurt.

Jan n Jer said...

Trees do give us lots of photo opps! Like the ones you have here! I like the way the branches fan out!

Robin said...

T, nice shots!

SweetMarie said...

Such pretty trees. I really like the first pic!

Sandra said...

ME TOOO ME TOOO I like them both and would have stopped to.

magda said...

My dear friend
I like so much both photos!!!
I wish you a very nice week!
Best regards

Bengts fotoblogg said...

Beautiful shots, great work.

Andrew said...

Lovely captures...I also went looking for trees today... got a bit distracted along the way.

Pricilla said...

The second one looks like the remains of a dragon

Zondra Art said...

Great shots!:)
Lots of greetings!

Grayquill said...

Old weather beaten trees are much like some of us (not you) humans as we age. But, like Kathy mentioned, character often accompanies the look, at least we can hope it does.
Nice photos!

Angela Häring-Christen said...

I like the tree too!
Greetings, Angela

Rose said...

I love that first one, too!

Fjällripan said...

Threes are beautiful!

A Quiet Corner said...

Wait til you see what I've got!!!!...:)JP

Saun said...

Love these, I also love trees

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Texwisgirl, Well, if you like trees, there are plenty here in beautiful Tennessee! Ha! Yes, I do agree, the gnarled big trunk with and without leaves is lovely! Have a super Monday tomorrow and a nice evening tonight!

Cat said...

Driving the Texas countryside never disappoints! You have to admire the tenacity of that tree to survive...you can tell its life hasn't been an easy one. The texture of the bark on the second tree is beautiful, especially against that gorgeous blue sky.

twobarkingdogs said...

very pretty!

this is my first visit to your blog .. from SSS ... and I am enjoying your photos and commentary. thanks! I'm a subscriber now!

Leenie said...

Your dry weather has been pretty rough on the trees. Still they've developed a lot of character through all that adversity. Your photos have captured that very nicely.

eileeninmd said...

I just love the bare trees, great capture. I'm sure you found some great subjects to photograph on the back roads.

barbara l. hale said...

Would have done the same thing. Very nice!

Gillian Olson said...

Great pictures, trees come in some very peculiar shapes don't they?

Karen said...

Oh, I like them both, and what a beautiful blue sky!

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Sandy said...

These are great ! Love the one of the tree !! (o:

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

Yep, I like em, too... they have character! LoL at Kathy's brake-slamming event comment! =)

I like the idea a lot of a smaller collage & the single canvases, cuz the collage I posted seems too 'busy', esp to hang on a wall!
Thank you Thank you Thank you! =)

EG Wow said...

I'm fond of trees too, especially ones without leaves.

parker said...

Although just remnants of their former selves, still hanging on. Out of good stock!

Chip Allen said...

Oh man, do I ever know about throwing the truck in reverse....or just stopping in the middle of the road to get a shot! I also have a favorite tree that just seems to have a character all it's own. Have to get out and shoot it again soon. I'm working on getting shots of it during different seasons of the year for a blog post.

Kerri said...

They are both lovely!

Nita Davis said...

Back roads are a great place to find hidden beauty. Love both shots.

Woody said...

A BRB indeed, the rustic fence, the well aged road, a hit from all angles!

Catherine said...

Those are some great twisty trees!
xo Catherine

edenhills said...

I love the curvy branches on that second one!

Ms. Becky said...

It looks so like summer there. I like it when you find trees you like, because I love your photos of them. dead trees standing are extra special. happy evening to you TWG.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

I love trees, too. Each one has its own unique beauty.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I like "tree bones" too -- leafless, they really show their grace and character,

Randy said...

These are amazing!

Gone Country said...

I have a thing for cool looking and unusual trees too!

Great shots!

Farm Girl said...

Wow very nice shots. I just love pictures of trees.

Angela said...

You know I think that if you and I were to ever go for a ride in the country to take some pictures we would be stopping every 5 feet! lol When I'm driving I stop and take pictures of everything. When my husband is driving I'm holding my arm out the window and snapping pictures as he is driving!

Love the trees!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Wonderful character! I would have thrown it in reverse, too!

SquirrelQueen said...

That is a really cool tree. I would have had to back up for that one too. Great photos.

heyBJK said...

Great color and lighting! The clear blue backgrounds are wonderful!

laurak@forestwalkart said...

oh...i LoVE those old weathered...trees...esp when there are NO leaves...like worn skeletons...against the blue sky!!

love them! (and i do that all the time too...turn around...back up...or just wish i had brought my camera! :) )

pattisjarrett said...

Great trees. Out walking today, I was noticing the nice architecture of a few since their leaves are gone. Should have made the effort to find a good angle to shoot from.

Chatty Crone said...

I liked the trees too - but I really loved that blue sky behind it.

sandie

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Love these trees!
Been on the road for several days, need to catch up on all your doings!

Kris said...

Finally! Someone else who sees the beauty in these old, dead trees. My friends and family think I'm crazy.

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