Friday, November 28, 2008

Epic tree...

Joyce Kilmer wrote that he'd never seen a poem lovely as a tree. Well, if this one outside the library is a poem, it's one right out of Beowulf or possibly something by Homer. Look at that ferocious tangle of roots!

20 comments:

Patrizzi said...

I love this tree and that poem. I grew up with me dear ol' mum reciting it to me so many times.
I'll have to email her this poetry link.

Tanya said...

Wow, that is one amazing tree! Also reminds me of the one from Legend of Sleepy Hollow ;)

I've tagged you, come and see :)

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Hope said...

This tree has a great hold on the Earth. This photo took my breath when I first saw it...it's beautiful!

Virginia said...

Or some sci-fi movie! The Tree That Ate South Pas!

altadenahiker said...

Great shot. And within, the vascular tissue, the xylem, conducts the transpiration of macro and micronutrients. And inside that, the cell walls, and inside that, the nucleus, vacuole, mitochondria, chloroplast, plasma membrane. Hah!

Isadora said...

Hi Laurie! Ferocious is a very good word for this. Beautiful creation and there is nothing that man could create that would compare with this.

JM said...

I just love roots! I think they really show what strugling for life is in the vegetable world. Those are fantastic!

Jilly said...

How marvellous. Just love old trees and their roots like this. What is it? Perhaps a magnolia? Roots don't look quite right to me for a magnolia.

I'd forgotten this lovely poem. Thanks, Laurie.

Hyde DP said...

the roots reach out like a mangled hand to grip

gorgeous

Mister Earl said...

Buy me a flute
And a gun that shoots
Tailgates and substitutes
Strap yourself
To the tree with roots
You ain't goin' nowhere

- Bob Dylan

Those are the kinds of trees that talk in movies. Ogres and trolls live in those roots.

Wayne said...

I'm thinking along the lines of V. and Mister Earl. This, to me, is the stuff of nightmares.

If I have trouble sleeping tonight Laurie you're going to hear about it.

Petrea said...

That tree is amazing, and its roots rule the yard outside the western window of the library. It's a regal being and your photo does it justice.

Double "D" said...

It's reaching out for you. Is it because of love or evil.
I guess go stand by the tree and wait for the roots to grow around your ankles and pull you closer. What is it saying? Come into my house my lovely and take a closer look as it's roots tangle tighter around your legs with a cold mossy feeling. Still is it love or evil?

Great shot Laurie.

Dixie Jane said...

For mister earl: If you have a party please invite me when I am visiting, even if I am not a local. And now about that tree. Arggggggggggg! I know Joyce Kilmer's poem well. When I was in the third grade shy I had to stand before the class and sing it. Yes, there is a tune. "Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree." But did he have to make such scary roots on this one?

Blognote said...

Now these are what I call roots ad I am sure, like Mr. Earl mentions, that trolls and dwarfs have there homes underneath! A beautiful photo, Laurie! Enjoy your weekend!

Laurie said...

Wow, everybody!

Trolls? Ogres? Love and evil? Mitochondria and chloroplasts? Bob Dylan and Sleepy Hollow? I knew I loved you guys for a reason.

Thanks for all the inspiring, scary, educational, musical, wonderful comments today. Until tomorrow...

USelaine said...

I love it. I don't know what it is, but it immediately brought to mind the big Moreton Bay Fig in Santa Barbara.

Jutilda said...

Oh seriously, this is worthy of a HUGE poster sized print. It looks like something people would buy at an art/poster store. WOW - it's incredible. :~)

dcs said...

Nice shot reminiscent of Ansel Adams.