Pause For Reflection

“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” – Rabindranath Tagore


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

21 thoughts on “Pause For Reflection”

  1. OMG! That top photo is PERFECT. I love it. The colors. THAT tree! I wish I had that tree!

    I am so not surprised that you love that tree. It’s my favorite, and I try to photograph it in every season, every year. It just amazes and impresses me that it stays so silvery upright, year after year, through wind and rain and feet of snow…even though it’s been lifeless for many years now. I think there’s a message in there somewhere. :) That’s another picture of it in the little Flickr badge in the sidebar, taken last year.

  2. What a beautiful picture! I just feel so serene looking at the colors and the image. Just beautiful! You live in a magical setting. I appreciate your comments on my quilt and I am seriously considering sending it in based on your comment. Thank you!

    It is rather magical in that spot, Jenn. Peaceful, that’s for sure. I’m so glad you took my comments to heart! Your quilt is beautiful and you did such a great job. I do hope you send it in.

  3. What beautiful, beautiful photos today Nancy. They call forth a sense of peace. I too, love the reflection in the water. Just beautiful.

    Thanks so much, Cynthia. :) I’m glad you enjoyed them.

  4. Lovely shots Nancy – it looks like you will have some wonderful Autumn colours this year.

    Hi Karen – what surprised me was just how much color there is for this early in the season. September can be a very warm month here in the east, but not, it would appear, this year. It’s usually another two weeks at least before we see a hint of fall color.

  5. Hi Nancy, I had one comment ready in my mind until I read the reply to the one above. What kind of tree might that be, to still be standing although lifeless for so long and with that silvery color? Talk about dying well! I love seeing that splash of red in the woods also and reflections in water are the best. Great shots, as always. ;->

    “Dying well…” I like that. It was just an old “scrub” spruce, as people refer to them around here, that died a death from who knows what, but it’s been needle-less and bark-less for as long as I can remember. You’d think, being so near the water’s edge, its roots would have let go a long time ago. But there it stands, year after year, as if it’s pronouncing, “Call me “scrub”, will you?!” That tree and I have had a lot of long conversations. ;)

  6. I love photos with reflections too, and have posted lots in the past little while. Yours are lovely.

    Hi Crafty – I’ve noted your reflection photos also. There’s something very metaphorical about them, I think. :)

  7. Fantastic tree photos Nancy. I love the way they reflect off the water.

    It was a beautiful afternoon, for sure. I can’t wait until those trees are at their finest in a couple of weeks. :)

  8. Great pictures! The bottom one looks spider-webby. The top one is a bit scary to me. It would make a good book cover!

    Why thank you! I’ll keep that in mind. :)

  9. Reflections in water … a photographer’s dream and about as lovely as it gets. A beautiful post, Nancy. I’m stunned at the hint of autumn color! We are quite behind.

    We are quite ahead…ahead of our usual schedule, at least. :) Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  10. That lifeless tree is magical. One of my pet peeves is bad tree trimming. I wonder if this wouldn’t be a good guide for people. What if the tree died and all you had left was the current structure. Would it stay beautiful forever?

    Hi Megan — I suspect that one of these springs, after a winter of heavy snow, melted into fast moving freshets, I’ll go to see my tree and find it not there. I’ll be very sad. I think it’s perfectly beautiful.

  11. Wow, love the photos Nancy. I’ve been noticing that top one on your Flicker sidebar but haven’t ever clicked on it. It’s even more beautiful enlarged. Who would think a dead tree would have those attributes???!!

    I see one of the top branches looks like it’s been broken since that photo from last year. :( It’s kind of neat to keep a photo record of it, isn’t it? Too bad I didn’t have photos of it when it was alive and green, too. It is especially beautiful in the winter, all silvery and white.

  12. Oh, Nancy. Exquisite. I’m in love with that first photo of the dead tree. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a Winner.

    Hi Debi – I’m glad you like my dead tree. :) As do I.

  13. How lovely to be able to visit such a place again and again. And your photos (as usual) are fabulous.

    Doesn’t it seem like special places like this are grounding in our lives? And they continue in our memories…

  14. All three photos are such beautiful compositions, with clear reflections. I love the interesting shapes, and the first splashes of fall colour, with vivid red and yellow. This is why fall can be such a beautiful season.

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