3.29.2009

This Old Tree


time passes
wind thrashes
rains feed they pound
winter storms nestle in every crevice
lightening attacks with a mighty whack
freezing ice expands in every crack
critters burrow
they thrive within
sun feeds as well it ages
this old tree
still it is home to many
many become a feast to others
time passes


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37 comments:

  1. Wonderful shot here! Is that a red headed woodpecker?

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  2. Hi Caroline,
    This is a Pileated woodpecker, kind of big critter. It was so busy that for the most part it ignored me and went on with gobbling maybe ants?

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  3. Tammie, send the pileated on over this way, to pick at some of the attachments that linger in the hidden crevices and deep pores of the body. Or perhaps you are on to something. Weathering therapy. The body can expand and contract with the seasons through heat and ice and erosion, and expanding the crevices so what is hidden can gently fall to the ground in the light of day, without having to force it out. Tis a season for everything. Maybe the things that are buried or live happily underground will rise to the surface to enjoy the expansive views.

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  4. Beautiful expression of the continuity of life...great photo!

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  5. Your woodpeckers are so different from ours! It's a beautiful and so colourful shot, and your words to complement it are perfect to meditate on life. Comme d'habitude !

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  6. Love your woodpecker and what a lovely poem! Woodpeckers are fun until they decide to peck at your house! The noise they make is amazing!

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  7. Wonderful shot of this woodpecker & beautiful poem. You are so awesome:)

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  8. I love love love your Pileated Woodpecker! Great capture!

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  9. What a creative post Tammie! Your poem complimented this wonderful photo. Hug

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  10. Woodpeckers are pretty but boy are they noisy!

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  11. That's life! A great analogy.

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  12. Wow great shot! I see woodpeckers every once in awhile in town, but never close enough to get a beautiful picture like that!

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  13. Nicely, nicely to the prompt and a wonderful picture too!

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  14. I like the sense of the circle of life implicit in this poem. We all have our place and our season.

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  15. That's a fantastic shot of the Pileated!

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  16. great picture, and beautiful poem...love the way it flows. Life from the tree's perspective..love it.
    peace

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  17. I feel like an old tree - I have a few crevices! Lovely poem.

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  18. OOoooh, my dear, this photo just fills my eyes, which, if you know me, you'll know that it is the greatest compliment I can give.

    AAAaaaahhh...how lovely.

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  19. Love your insights on this lovely feathered friend, and also for your sweet comment on our latest post/art!
    Thanks again for helping me through the process!! Hope you had a wonderful hike today!!!
    love you Tammie!!!
    abigail

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  20. What a wonderful picture of the Pileated Woodpecker.

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  21. I really heard your poem, Tammie. It's a rich and noisy feast.

    And that's brilliant color in your photograph.

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  22. We were living in the "country" of Urban Singapore. We had giant trees, and watching birds always fascinated me. Once there were about 5 wood peckers and they made so much noise.
    Ann

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  23. Lovely capture on the Pileated. We have a pair that has been coming to our suet feeders. They are amazing birds to watch. So BIG!
    You captured the essence of the old tree very well! Lovely words.

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  24. Great shot of the woodpecker

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  25. Hey Tammie,

    I had a great big smile when I saw your picture... This is exactly what I saw when I looked out of my bathroom window this morning but the tree was a little different.

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  26. I used to do nature walks for an regional school event and would always stop the kids at a magnificent "dead" tree ... just so we could discuss the life still in it!

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  27. I've missed your beautiful photos, Tammie!

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  28. Awesome words and image ... stunning combination ;)

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  29. Thank you for the lovely verse and photo and to Natural Moments for complimenting your post. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Smiles

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  30. Wow, your photogaphs are incredibly beautiful! Fantastic shot of the woodpecker, and your skies are so blue. :)

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  31. Fantastic shot of the Pileated Woodpecker. Excellent

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  32. Beautiful poem and bird. My daughter was scared of similar ones with red heads on Kauai, but I tried to show her just how gorgeous they were. I think they were cardinals and this is a woodpecker, though.

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  33. Love the red crest and the zebra face...

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  34. Not very often I get to see an image of a woodpecker ours are very shy :) GREAT!

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  35. Great photo, and a wonderful tribute to the tree! I saw my first real Spring sight of the year this afternoon as I was walking home. There was a squirrel sitting on a tree limb, grabbing a branch and pulling it to him so he could eat the newly emerged fuzzy things on it (not quite flowers yet). I've lived here all my life and this is something I'd never seen before. I love it when that happens!

    P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your wonderful birthday wishes! Oh, and those socks? I only wear them in the house because the individual toe sock thing bothers me in shoes. Guess one could get used to it.

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  36. Lovely woodpecker!
    and nice words too.

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  37. A beautiful poem and photo. I love the sound of these guys when they make their return. Wonderful stuff. God bless.

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Warm greetings to you~

Thank you for visiting and also for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Seeing through your eyes and heart mean so much to me!

Tammie