winter ice storm -- midwest
I love gnarly old things!
Hattie -- This apple tree was certainly gnarly. It still was producing apples even though half the trunk was gnarly! Amazing to me.-- thanks -- barbara
Love the pumpkins! And what a gnarled apple tree! Great shots!
Barbara -- Pumpkins are so festive especially during October. This gnarled apple tree had a lot of grace even though it was worn looking. thanks -- barbara
What a sculputre! Any estimate of the age.
Joanne -- Your comment prompted me to search online for old apple trees. Could not find any date that would claim being the oldest in the US. However in the Norrthwest there is a known living apple tree to be 188 years old in Vancouver, Washington. thanks -- barbara
Love this gnarly old tree...wow!
turquoisemoon -- this old tree's gnarls looks and feels very smooth. Where I took the photo there were quite a few different old trees that fascinated me. thanks -- barbara
How very beautiful. So much character in this old tree.
Michelle -- When Joann, above, used the term sculpture to describe the tree it made me realize that indeed it was like a sculpture. Thanks -- barbata
Yes, I often ask trees to share what they have seen.
Tabor -- You have a wonderful connection with the trees that you have seen. I bet you were an investigative tree climber when you were young. -- thanks -- barbara
The tales it could tell. :)
Tammy -- It seems that trees help us experience our life -- each showing us the beauty of ourselves within nature. thanks -- barbara
That really is a stunning tree. not sure I have ever seen an apple reach that stage of gnarliness!
Jenny - Nice to receive a comment from you. Read your travels around the UK. Very impressive. This tree is ancient but how old exactly I cannot even begin to guess. thanks -- barbara
Oh, my, word, a real testament to the idea that life is more interesting in it's older age!! Contrary to the message of popular culture which says that we, human life forms, must be new & smooth to be vital! The abstract lines and forms that you saw and captured are gorgeous! (PS: again, thanks for your comment. Yes! to the social communities that are found in classrooms!)
Rita -- Your words, "testament to the idea that life is more interesting in it's older age." was a great response to my post. When I met this ancient tree I could not leave it until I examined every nook and cranny of it. The next night I revisited it and found an impish boy who had climbed the ancient's curvaceous forms and was wearing a huge smile as he looked out from a branch perhaps thinking nature is wonderful to know. thanks --barbara
It makes me think of faces of very old people -- some, not all, older people develop gnarly faces. I find all old faces fascinating but the gnarly ones (mostly men, I think) seem to reflect so much weathering.
June -- Aging in human faces is much like trees. I suppose other species too. I love to look at photos of older faces. I just have to look in the mirror to also see one! -- thanks barbara
Oh yes! Almost as ancient as I feel some morning....:)
troutbirder -- I hear ya. Age does that to us too -- thanks -- barbara
Wow! What a tree. Think of the life that has come and gone all around it.
Yes, think of it -- would make a good children's book! -- thanks -- barbara
Tolkien and his Ents come immediately to mind! A perfect example :-)
visualnorway -- So you are a Tolkien fan. Possibly in fantasy land this could be on of Tolkien's ents! thanks -- barbara
I love how you've captured this wonderful, natural design.
Birdman -- Thanks for the nice comment. There are so many natural forms in nature that we can catch with our camera. --- barbara