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Sunday, 16 May 2010

At Home in The Willow



This tiny tiny stream, reflecting willows, leads to a secret grove...
overlooked by this tree...


It is h-u-g-e.... with twin trunks each twice as wide as me
(and i'm not thin!)I sat quite a while on a fallen tree,
just listening to birdsong, watching the early morning sunlight &
 shadows shadows playing through the leaves....


As I sat, enjoying the beauty 
& energy of this place with its statuesque willows, 
I felt drawn to move closer to this particular tree...



I noticed the shadows cast by this wild rose...
oh, how I love the briar rose,
but look closer... it is actually growing from this tree...


And growing nearby on this gracious trunk, fungi...
looking like some cyclops eye (except there were several of them!)
... and all the time the shadows played...


 I gazed the height of this willow tree, allowing my spirit soar,
I felt the breeze and the sun in my hair
and swayed with her outstretched arms.
I felt the stream tickle my toes
through her roots in the dark, moist earth.
I felt the life that this tree supports
in the rhythm of her heart-song.

Then I became aware of hunters... flitting to & fro,
circling her branches... seeking out food...


A pair of treecreepers...
back & forth with beak-fulls of insects for their brood...
It took ages to get a clear shot...
they were so fast, constantly on the move!









13 comments:

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

tree-creeper
searching succulent,
fat insects

Target practice

Diane AZ said...

Thanks for sharing the willow tree! I like the reflections in the water and the rose shadows.

Clytie said...

Thank you - I really enjoyed the early morning walk with you! So peaceful. So tranquil. So beautiful.

Manang Kim said...

Interesting story and beautiful shadow shots! Happy Sunday!

Shadow Shot Sunday

Tammie Lee said...

this is such a lovely post, you honor the trees in a beautiful way. Plus it sounds as though you had a very intimate time in nature.

Rambling Woods said...

What a wonderful catch. I have never seen creepers outside of the winter season when they are in the mixed flock looking for food. I leave suet bits in the bark for them although I have had one that uses the suet feeder on a regular basis during the winter...Love this...Michelle

Hey Harriet said...

What a lovely post! It's amazing what we see when we take the time to really look. To open our eyes to things that we'd normally take for granted. You've captured such beauty here! Have a great week :)

Suzi Smith said...

nice one Magical MT!

lol michelle, i've only ever seen them on their own... but maybe if other birds were around I didn't realise they had flown in together!

Yes Tammie, I do sit or lean with a tree or two most days even if only for a few minutes!
It's like opening your eyes to see a photographic opportunity... but also opening heart & mind to feel & sense...

xx everyone!

José Ramón said...

A very interesting blog congratulations.
Greetings from creativity and imagination photos of José Ramón

Regina said...

Beautiful captures and reflections!

Jasmine said...

Beautiful post as always. Oozing with tree energy. xx

sue said...

beautiful, love the close up of the bark x

Delwyn said...

Hi Suzi

you have conveyed the peace and serenity of this special spot well.
Just the other day I picked some beautiful briar rose off a neighbours fence and took it home to my Mother...(this was when I was in NZ- we don't have it here.)

Happy days

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