Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Chubby Tree

Most people know by now that I have a deep fondness for trees. They are good old souls who withstand time and weather with grace.

I have shared a couple of my favorite trees before - the flowering tree that reminds me of my old friend and neighbor in Brooklyn, the giant perfectly round tree near the grocery and the tiny sickly tree in my yard that I nursed for 7 years until she finally gave in to a terrible storm last spring.

I'd like to introduce another tree friend.

The first time I saw this tree I thought of the Queen song - "fat bottomed girls they make the rockin' world go round"

She's a chubby one.
I love her stout main trunk and her thick limbs that twist around.
It's hard to get good shots of her. She lives on a busy state route with nowhere to stop. I drive around and around the jug-handle until a red light gives me enough time and the correct position to get a few pics of her.






If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees. ~Hal Borland


Thin people are beautiful but fat people are adorable. ~ Jackie Gleason

The UN has declared 2011 The Year of the Forests  so go hug a tree.

21 comments:

DJan said...

You reminded me of Treebeard in the Lord of the Rings, who was always telling others not to be hasty. I also love trees, big ones and small ones, and I love the evergreen outside my front window.

She may be chubby, but she's sturdy!

ellen abbott said...

A beautiful tree. good for climbing. if you could get to it.

Ron said...

"They are good old souls who withstand time and weather with grace."

Yes, I feel the same way about trees, Dianne. I will often hug them!

And what a lovely tree your friend is!

It almost looks as the though the tree is root-side up, while the trunk is in the earth!

"If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees. ~Hal Borland"

LOVE that!

Thank you for sharing, dear lady!

X ya!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love it! I'm a tree person, too, probably because I grew up with NONE in west Texas. This has so much personality! Terrific shots as always, Dianne! Hope you have a great day!

Sylvia

Daryl said...

She is a beauty ..

Mike said...

That's a tree I could still climb.

CrystalChick said...

That is a beautiful tree!!

Linda said...

That is an interesting tree. I can see why you're in love with it.

Reb said...

That is a beauty! I love how trees can withstand so much and still grow.

Linda Reeder said...

Oh, yes, this is a wonderful tree, an ancient cherry I think, from the looks of the bark. She will soon be adorned, but how beautiful she is in all of her naked, chubby glory.

Micky-T said...

Good tree.....stay!

Jay said...

Pretty sturdy looking tree. I'm sure someone would love to cut it down and put a Starbucks there. heh

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

What a WONDERFUL Tree, my dear Dianne...So Beautiful in all it's Stoutness! I hope I am as Beautiful in all my stoutness...(lol)
I love trees, too...And not only are thry beautiful, but they serve so many wonderful positive purposes...A home for Birds Nests....Oxygen Feeders (That may not be the right word..but you know what I mean)...They provide Shade when needed, and so much more....AND, They Are BEAUTIFUL!

gabrielle said...

She is beautiful. Have you ever seen big sassy salsa dancers on the floor? How rooted and fluid they are. This tree reminds me of them.

Hilary said...

She's a beauty, all right. And as lovely as she looks in her bare bones, I'll bet she's outstanding when dressed in her summer greens.

Akelamalu said...

That is indeed a chubby tree and quite beautiful!

Tracy said...

now that is one sturdy soul...makes me think of a farmer's wife; don't know why but it did!
I love it!

Linda said...

I love trees also and have more pictures of them then what I know what to do with! Even though it's nicer to photograph them in the warmer months, I think they have a bit more character when their branches are bare and their souls are on view to the world. Now that I think about it, there's the perfect example just across the street at the cemetery ... I'll have to go take some pictures!

This tree definitely is a fat-bottomed girl but still a beauty! Having driven New Jersey jug handles myself quite often I can just picture you driving around in order to get a red light and a shot. Luckily red lights are just as plentiful as jug handles in Jersey!

christopher said...

Beautiful!

That tree certainly has found a unique way to stand the test of time.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That IS a great tree Di! And thank you for your willingness to go the extra miles (literally) to get these perfect pictures.

♥~Judy~♥ said...

Some of my best friends are trees. They get featured often in my posts. :-)