Weekly Photo Challenge: SYMBOL
“All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Consider a tree for a moment. As beautiful as trees are to look at, we don’t see what goes on underground – as they grow roots. Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don’t see the roots. We just see and enjoy the beauty. In much the same way, what goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree. Joyce Meyer
Do you have trees around you? Today, I was taking my morning walk and this gorgeous tree danced before my eyes. I reached for my smart-phone and took a few shots and continued my routine. When I later saw the photo challenge, I was pleased because I knew this would be a perfect symbol to share. I went back out and took a few more shots of trees in my yard; I included a tree stump from a tree that had to be felled to prevent it from falling on the electrical wires.
I live in an area with a ton of trees. We love that they offer shade from the heat in the summer, home for a variety of lifeforms from squirrels to birds and bugs, and that they remind us of the magnificence and steadiness of nature. Our trees are hundreds of years old and when I approach the ones in my yard, I can feel the power of their presence and their long history standing before me. Over the years, we’ve lost a few trees; a big branch fell on my car, the heavy snowstorms knocked some down, and the thundering rainstorms claimed a bunch around town but, they remain an awe-inspiring presence. What do you think of them?
“A man doesn’t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity.” Alexander Smith
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. William Blake
Trees do more than give us shade, they teach us a lot about life. As I mentioned above, when I read the challenge for today, the first thought that sprung to mind was of our local trees, and so I took a few with my phone camera… They are not the best shots of our trees but I was thinking about their symbolic meaning than about the quality of my pixels. So I hope you will look beyond what is shown and consider the deeper meaning. Often, people talk about the symbolism around trees, and the notion of the tree of life and what it represents comes to the fore:
That makes perfect sense because I see that in every tree that crosses my path on my walks on the aqueduct, in my neighborhood, and in my yard. What about you?
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Warren Buffett
Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf. Albert Schweitzer
Let’s celebrate nature and its infinite wisdom that grows in all of its flora and fauna. I’d love to invite you explore the trees in your neighborhood and say a big “Hello!” to the world of trees and nature!
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This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: SYMBOL For this week’s photo challenge, share a symbol with us. In my image, the engagement ring symbolizes an intended commitment of two people to one another. Your subject does not have to be as literal of an interpretation; you can choose something that is uniquely symbolic and relevant to you, and share the story behind it.
Positive Motivation Tip: Trees do more than give us shade, they teach us a lot about life. Honor the trees around you and all they provide…
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my Personal Collection.