Thursday, May 14, 2009

Reaching New Heights

I have spent a long time thinking about whether photos on my blog should primarily describe Bend, Oregon or whether they should include what might be called artistically pleasing images that don't specifically add pertinent information about my community. So I rationalize today and call this image a hybrid.
This gnarly old tree in Drake Park points gracefully over Mirror Pond, an impoundment of the Deschutes River. I am sure the tree has witnessed many a worried parent coaxing intrepid children who have shinnied up the trunk to return to the safety of the ground. Many years ago I would have been one of those children. Not that I am an old codger now, bent over like this tree, just old enough to remember the joy of being young. Like the tree directing one's eye to the shiny blue water, this image may renew our urge to climb like children and experience the excitement of seeing and feeling the landscape differently.

4 comments:

tapirgal said...

What an amazing post and amazingly interesting tree. Both very beautiful. Nice photo.

Karen said...

I really like that tree and yes, I can identify with what you wrote !!

Sometimes I feel like that tree and other times I feel like a young sapling :-)

A very nice photo !!

Linnea W said...

Yes, when I was younger, I could have run up that tree without any effort at all. Now I have to take yoga to try to stay flexible enough to just bend over to pick something up or tie my shoe laces! Very poignant words and beautiful photo. It does say something about your lovely community. By the way, I was in Bend many years ago and just loved it. I remember walking around that lake and marveling at the majestic old homes that lined the waterfront. Have fun finding cool things to photograph in Bend! Enjoy the weekend...

Jilly said...

Lee, a beautiful tree and image of it. Welcome to the City Daily PHoto community. Artistically pleasing images, like this tree, are indeed part of your town. An insect is, music is, a flower is - you are showing us your town through your eyes and that's how it should be. Bravo!