Thursday, October 25, 2012

Rugged Tree

Going sideways a bit is this ol', big rugged tree. The first tree I can ever recall was one outside the kitchen window on Washington Avenue. I think it might have been a mountain ash. I was only about 4 or 5, but I  knew for sure it was a tree and not a bush. It was covered with hard orange berries that hung around even through the winter and provided food for the birds. It would have been a fine place to hang one of my birdfeeders too. Close by a large window, it would have been a wonderful viewing location to watch the winter action of 'attacking' the berries. I remember one time, out alone, I managed to wiggle and climb up about 3 feet off the ground. What a sense of accomplishment! I thought I was so high up. I had reached the point where I could peer into the kitchen and see Mom. She was some surprised, threw up her hands and raced outside to 'save' her precious one from imminent disaster.
 By the way, do you think that type of tree is a mountain ash? I still don't know.


  1. I, for one, am glad that she saved her precious one.

    Another good thing she's done.

  2. I wonder how long this tree has been leaning like this.

  3. I have no clue what kind it is but it made for a beautiful shot.

  4. It's a tree climbing, bird food tree! :) Beautiful shot of Mother Nature's artwork. :)

  5. i wish i knew my trees! i just know i love them.

  6. My own mountain ash of one home ownership in the past looked more like a shrub than a tree, and without the orange berries it's hard to tell.

  7. Evocative shot!

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  8. What I know about trees is this: the maple leaf is the symbol of Canada and the New York City Parks Department. Hemlocks have droopy tops. Baseball bats used to be made of ash. That's about it.

    Could this tree have been imported from Sleepy Hollow? Looks like the right form at the right time of year.

  9. Poetic image, the tree is fantastic!
    Happy Friday,

  10. Love tree silhouettes as they start to emerge this time of year...I had a mountain ash that was full of berries, & fernlike leaves. For us, it was an apple tree that we climbed...

  11. Almost a painting of the Romantic school!

  12. We had two Green Mountain Ashes at our last place to live. I planted both of them. Beautiful trees but no berries what so ever. Maybe it was a Hawthorn, I think they have orange berries, guess I should look it up before posting but too lazy. Nice shot.

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