Saturday, February 20, 2010

THE TROUBLE TREE author unknown. PUT A TREE IN YOUR LIFE TODAY

A SPIRITUAL SCENIC SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY

In Ohio this year we have snow hanging on  tree limbs making an attempt to look like Spanish Moss.  (  LOL )

CONTRAST

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Probably, one of the more rewarding things I’ve done with my life is to have planted hundreds and hundreds of trees. Mostly pine,walnut,maple, and fruit trees. I’ve cut a few trees down also. One year I heated our home with a wood stove and a lot of firewood. There is something special about splitting wood and the smell of smoke in the air. On the snowy day I took this photo there was the smell of an upcoming storm and smoke in the air.

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In a previous post I’ve talked about Ohio’s Gray/Grey skies. Let me ask you, “Is this next photo color or black&white?” ( Maybe Just HAUNTED )

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Ok how about a splash of color

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To LEAF or not to LEAF That is the Question or Into Each Life a Little Leaf Must Fall.

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But, I am thinking Spring is right around the corner and then the “fruits” of Summer.

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(ONE OF THE BACKYARD PEACH TREES)

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.John Muir

A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. D. Elton Trueblood

Joe Todd says,” Stop By The Arbor Day Foundation Today and Put A Tree In Your Life.

39 comments:

Martha Z said...

There are many parts to this post and I love every one. Thanks.

June said...

I was thinking long and good thoughts about firewood this morning. Bringing in a big load of it from the woodshed is a satisfying and therapeutic way to move a muscle and change a thought.

Multi-faceted and beautiful post indeed, as Martha said.

Tony Letts said...

everyone should plant at least one tree during their life

Sweet Repose said...

Though many of my trees are cedars, so prevalent on a sand prairie, they are still trees and are wonderful habitat...yes I'm a tree hugger and proud of it!!! Wonderful post!!!

I had to laugh at 'Our tax dollars at work'...my property borders a 4-lane highway and the trucks were out in full force plowing that INCH of snow we got last week...they went by so many times, it finally got me out of bed...hmmmm...

Have a wonderful weekend...spring is coming, I can feel it, even as we have more snow forecast!
I'm a believer!

Whidbey Woman said...

So hard to imagine snow. In the Pacific Northwest, we have had one of the mildest winters on record. Today it is sunny and 55 degrees!
(Sorry to make you jealous).
Welcome to Spiritual Sundays.It is a great group of people to blog with.

Sylvia K said...

Love your post for the day along with the lovely shadow shots! Love the story of your carpenter! We could all use and tree like that at our front door!! Have a great weekend, Joe!

Sylvia

Jen said...

Happy SSS
Being a Midwest person too-I can appreciate all of this post!
Great shots--love the mossy ohio tree.

Sandy said...

Thank you so much for sharing! I love the story about the Trouble tree. I have planted a few trees, as a parent and Girl Scout leader.
The pictures are beautiful!

Charlotte said...

What an interesting and inspiring post, Joe. Thank you for sharing it with us. Scrolling down through your blog, I see a lot of interesting things.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Charlotte

Denise said...

I enjoyed this post.

The Muse said...

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happy Sunday...glad to have found you here. great shots...!

as a farm family we are all about the trees!

Lisa said...

We have had a hard winter in Texas too. I'm hoping it cuts down on the mosquitoes this summer.:)
PS I love the trouble tree story.

Clif said...

Joe, my wife, Charlotte got here before I did and she said what I think I would like to say so I won't repeat it. Great post and blog!

The Muse said...

lol lol
i have to laugh that you chose to comment on the mysterymeatloaf blog...

insightful! LOL
:) LOL
i await that recipe! :)

Quilt Works said...

What a great story! So wise! This is how fables begin. I hope to find my own trouble tree!

...beauty in the fall

Ralph said...

The winter scenes are nice, the shadow 'moss' beautiful. The cardinal ass life to this monochrome mix of branch and snow. Finally the wintertime shadows are nice, the artistry of winter...

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Those are some great shots Joe.Man would I like to have some of those peaches about now.LOL! Those are some dedicated fishermen. How do they keep from freezing their toes? Brrr!

Susan said...

Lovely pictures, words and thoughts.

RCUBEs said...

So much to chew them but they're all good! :) God bless. Awesome pics!

enchantingcottage said...

I have such a big passion for trees. I truly enjoyed your post today, I'm so glad you joined in with Spiritual Sunday today.
Blessings,
Ginger

Gayle said...

Loved the tree story, Joe. Great pics, too.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

That's a beautiful story, the trouble tree. Perhaps if more of us had one, the world would be a happier place. Thank you for sharing that - I think I'll try and find a trouble tree too.
Cheers.
Melbourne Daily Photo

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow---what a fabulous post, Joe... Where do I start??? Loved the Trouble Tree story...

Our area here has a rule that you cannot cut down any trees unless you get permission --- and then you have to replant trees to replace those you cut down. I love that rule --and we have many wooded areas up here.

We also love our fireplace --and use it all winter (and late fall and early spring). I couldn't live in a home without a fireplace I don't think.

Your snow pictures are great. I love the one with the Cardinal in it!!!

Spring WILL come... In fact, we are getting a big tease this week... Love the sunshine and warmer temps we are having.

Hope you have a great weekend and week ahead. We are headed to Arkansas tomorrow.
Betsy

Pearl Maple said...

Great post and the idea of a trouble tree to hang our worries on is a good one that many of us can use.

Sharkbytes said...

Wonderful snowy pictures! You guys are in that swath that has gotten lots more snow than we have this year.

Ratty said...

I know that smell of smoke from a wood stove very well. I guess it's just one more thing that tells us how valuable trees are for us.

diane said...

I love trees to. Once I did a post about all the different patterns in the bark of trees. I hear you have lots of bears in your house. (soft toys not real ones). Birthday Bear has been out and about again.

Birthday Bear

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful set of photos, love all teh trees and the shadows. The peach tree is wonderful!

sarah said...

these pictures are beautiful. My favorite...the one with the cardinal.

Tes said...

Beautiful photos! Wonderful composition. That cardinal really stood out against all that white - very artistic! :)

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Love every pix u share today. Though am fed up with the heavy snow, I still love your pix too but wish Spring will come soon.

Happy day.
xoxo

wanderlust said...

Beautiful photos. Love the trouble tree story, and I really liked the video at the end. Thank you for sharing. Cheers to you!

Georgia said...

I loved your post with all the beautiful photography. That story about the man leaving his troubles behind on his tree reminded me so much of my brother-in-law. lol

Thank you for sharing and God bless you!

Georgia

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

I could smell smoke in the air this week and it made me think of summer and I was excited! I thought how silly of me, but now I know you would get it! Love your peach tree. I have never heard that quote about the shade tree. That is neat. ~

happily retired gal said...

Wonderful post ... beautiful views and marvelous tree story.
Hugs and blessings,

Debbie said...

I loved this post. Soo different and interesting. The story at the beginning was a great way to look at things. I LOVE that song Smoke Gets in your eyes. My mom used to play it on the piano so I learned it as a young girl and it became one of my favorites. I soo enjoyed hearing it today, I haven't in soo long. Your pictures were wonderful. Welcome to Spiritual Sundays.

Dayle said...

Great post!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Joe, if that one tree is haunted, it must be by good ghosts! I love trees in their skeletal state. All these pictures and the verse are lovely. Spring is coming!

Kcalpesh said...

Beautiful pictures! Nicely shot!