Saturday, November 7

Autumn's Arboreally Cool Falling Leaves

“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
When I shared this tree with you in September, I thought I was showing you one tree, but a closer look tells me that this is two -- perhaps three -- trees after all.Several trees that have been growing side by side for years in Valley Forge. Through sunlight and snow. Providing shade for walker after walker . . . Covered in leaves . . . and covered in no leaves at all.

November finds my tree(s) nearly bare of leaves. But beautiful still.Especially in the early Autumn dusk.

Check with Julie, for more cool trees.

20 comments:

  1. I think I probably said this a few months ago too...MAGNIFICENT...really breathtaking, Leslie!

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  2. GLORIUS.....and the seasons and sun and ... space...your photos are as fabulous as that tree!

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  3. I saw that tree last weekend! :) Valley Forge is such the perfect place to photograph right now in addition to enjoying it as park. We're lucky to live so close to it. I really like the way you photographed 'the tree' - it tells a story and oh what stories it would tell if only it could!!

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  4. fabulous trees! I love your photos, so beautiful! always!

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  5. You are such an inspiration Leslie! Your photos, your art, your beautiful grandchildren - wow it takes my breath away that you find the time to do so much. makes me want to do something a whole lot more creative than housebreaking my new puppy! Thanks so much for the peek inside such a creative individual.

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  6. Trees have great fashion sense. They know just what to wear for each season, and make human attempts fade during the glory that is autumn. I'm just glad they let us capture these moments. Good work!

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  7. Amazing tree! Equally amazing photos!! I'm rather speechless, thank you for sharing such an awesome tree.

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  8. oooo.... that last photo is a mood setter, isn't it? Stunning...

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  9. Dear Stiffie;

    A few short months go, this tree was one of several thousands in Valley Forge National Park. Now it is the iconic expression of fall, solidarity, individualism, and color as the essence of life.

    I feel almost inadequate that I can add nothing to depth of the expression you uncovered in these pictures. So I am going to go find this tree tomorrow... And lay under it... With a cup of hot coffee and a cigar... And think of you.

    The man in the next room, who is saying one thing to you, and typing something else,
    I remain,
    Jack

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  10. Stunning tree in such a beautiful setting. And such wonderful photographs too!

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  11. It's amazing, isn't it? What a great tree. How strong is that baby? I love these images. Thanks for taking us through time.

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  12. What a breathtaking pictures! What a gorgeous place! I would like to be there...

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  13. SERIOUSLY.......these pictures have knocked my sockies off!!! Breathtaking.

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  14. what an amazing photo essay. So very lovely and even haunting.
    beautiful.

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  15. so stunning..what wonderful photos you took. than you so much for sharing these pictures with us. wanda

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  16. Oh my yes! This is a beautiful tree! If only it could tell us of the stories it has seen!
    I love the large photos. Which format are you useing for your blog? I'll go check out the Blogger Editor.

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  17. It's the final arboreal week...stop by so we can see your tree!

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  18. J'ai appris des choses interessantes grace a vous, et vous m'avez aide a resoudre un probleme, merci.

    - Daniel

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