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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Awe, Comfort, Mystery


It is an awe inspiring mystery, discovering a tree that grew perfectly into a heart. I have photographed it several times in the past year or so (here and here), something I am compelled to do every time we are up in the White Mountains, as we were just a few weeks ago. It comforts me, this tree. The trunk seems impossibly slender, supporting an expansive heart of leafy branches. It makes me wonder how much my slender body can hold, how big will my heart grow through the years, am I up to the tasks that life has in store for me, and will I be able to withstand the storms of living with a fraction of the grace this tree embodies? It is an awe inspiring mystery, discovering a tree that grew perfectly into a heart.

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37 comments:

  1. Nice photo, wonderful view with a beautiful frame and wonderful tones. I love this unique heart-shaped tree.

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  2. "discovering a tree that grew perfectly into a heart"

    ... and the tree saw You whose heart defines who you are ...

    Judy

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  3. I agree. This is awe inspiring and talk about a wonderful photographic capture... The silhouette and clouds are PERFECT.

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  4. At first glance I thought it was photoshopped! Oh WOW! What a wonderfully amazing gift....I just love LOVE trees~

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  5. This is such a beautiful tree, Laura! It looks so inspiring! :-)

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  6. Beautiful composition in your photography, Laura.
    And excellent choice for black and white.

    Greetings and best wishes

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  7. Laura, such a beautiful photo and love your words - Wishing you a nice weekend, Inge

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  8. you will do, all you are supposed to, everything has it's own time.

    you remain in my thoughts and prayers.

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  9. I love that tree also. Keep on taking photos of it.

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  10. I love when God speaks through His creation. Here, He has left a love note for you!

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  11. I see hearts everywhere now, in clouds, in trees, in petals of flowers, even in the food I eat and stains.

    I think it's all your fault!

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  12. Congrats too a very good picture! :)

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  13. That is a wonderful tree and beautiful thoughts too.

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  14. How is it we ever feel alone? Message after message, love flowing - waiting for us to be able to see, hear, taste, feel - experience and know that this love is steadfast and does not fade away. blessings- teri

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  15. It is a wonderful tree Laura. And I love your meditation.

    Scrolled down a ways and happy to know your daughter is doing well and again wishing you all the best.

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  16. comforting to me too....
    i will go to the "heres" to see previous visits with this magical tree.
    like you.

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  17. What a wonderful photo with an inspiring message! :) Thank you for visiting my site :)

    I'm following your blog already, hope you follow back :)

    Have a nice weekend :)

    www.biboyordinario.tk

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  18. a comforting tree - yes, so true
    nature has many gifts for those with eyes to see and hearts to hear

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  19. This is such a nice shot. Tree has grown in really an interesting shape.

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  20. Even when it's bare it's a perfect heart, how wonder-full!

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  21. Truly remarkable! I have not seen anything like it before!

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  22. B&W works well with this image. My first thoughts were "heart" before I read your words.

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  23. a heart shaped tree!? how cool is that!!

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  24. God is just amazing..That is all I can say.
    Katelen

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  25. trees are very spiritual for me and this tops them all! thanks for sharing it.

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  26. Wonderful, unique tree - and a fine photo too, with a great use of light.

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  27. I love that you have this tree in your life as a reminder of how big a heart can be and how much a slender stalk can hold. You are as you've described the tree in every way.

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  28. i used to live not far from the white mountains. my favorite nook was called smart's creek. amazing tree. really like the black and white.

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  29. Do you know the Random Hearts blog?
    Clytie would love this tree!
    Take a look. :)

    http://clytie-randomhearts.blogspot.com/

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  30. This tree is absolutely lovely and so touching. Your black and white impression is so perfect to feel the magical power that emanates from this very special natural wonder. I love this image very much Laura.

    cordially greetings to you,
    isabella

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  31. Laura,

    That is an awesome photo of an awesome tree!

    Jeanne

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