Looking Up

posted by Sharon October 16, 2012 16 Comments

Tall trees compel us to look up. We lift our eyes and seek out the topmost branches.

We note how they spread out gracefully against the clouds.

The highest trees reach up to bird-in-flight level.

These stately beauties didn’t burst into the forest full grown, though. They started out as tiny, fragile bits of greenery.

Some, like those in the local state park, are helped to grow strong and straight. A post more substantial than the trunk is tied to the tree as it’s inching toward the sky.

Pine needles pop out and grow thick on the new arms.

Trunks mature and thicken. Eventually, with the passing of many seasons, the need for a post tied on is long past.

We all start out fragile. We need help to grow straight and strong. Unlike trees, we never outlive our need to lean on others. We are like trees, though, in that we can reach ever up, look up, and aim to live our days growing, even if that growth is so slow it’s hard to see. The clouds are still there decorating the sky, the air is fresh, the endless wild blue waits.

How about you? In what way, big or tiny, are you growing this week?

 

 

 

 

Linking up with This or That Thursday, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, Communal Global and Texture Tuesdays, where the theme is “Look Up.” Photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s textures Little Things, Nested, and Simplicity.

 

 

 

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16 Comments

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PrairieJill October 16, 2012 at 5:18 am

Beautiful series of images! I really love the one with the bird, and the second-last one.

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Marilyn October 16, 2012 at 5:33 am

Wonderful series, Sharon. I like the little saplings growing and becoming the mature trees.

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Nikki (ButterflyRose Designs) October 16, 2012 at 5:39 am

An awesome selection of images Sharon. I love the last one the best. It’s a really interesting angle.

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Pieni lintu October 16, 2012 at 8:26 am

Beautiful!!

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Pat October 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

Lovely series.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin October 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm

What a gorgeous series with great insights and perspective!

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Molly October 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Great post and I think the only thing I am growing this week is a head full of cold germs…. errgghh

Mollyxxx

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weecottagewonders October 16, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Oh my, Sharon, this is exquisite from start to finish and it leaves me feeling very connected to the rhythms of Life. BEautimousness!!!

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Kathryn Dyche Dechairo October 16, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I love the life lessons a tree has to offer . . . great post.

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kelleyn October 16, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Thank you for the lovely message. Trees play such a significant role in many cultures.

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geetlee October 16, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I am taking tiny steps in building my confidence this week.
You share beautifully. Thank you.

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Earl October 16, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Beautiful series! Great idea and wonderful photography.

Earl

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A Wonderful Star October 17, 2012 at 7:21 am

Beautiful photos with nice text!
I love trees. I love hiking in the forest among the trees.
Love my trees outside the window.
A big old birch stands there now in autumn dress.
A Japanese Larch is about to turn yellow, and soon lose needles.
Some small fruit trees are supported.
Thanks for sharing

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R H West October 18, 2012 at 2:25 pm

So true, From the acorn grows the mighty oak 🙂 I love your tress here, beautiful and serene, they are so majestic.

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Kim Stevens October 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Your photos are beautiful, as are your words!

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Ok So Far October 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm

So beautiful. Lovely post, Sharon!

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