Monday, October 26, 2009
Second Look: A Grand Burr Oak
Safely home and grateful that the long drive went well, despite another full day of rain. So the good side of these rainy days is that some of the autumn color photos are just lovely (I think) and I have a few days' worth to share here.
First up, the grand burr oak that I was introduced to by my friend Steve back in February. It's worth repeating that this tree is probably 350 years old and it truly is just amazing in size and shape. The land around it is all agricultural mixed with some wooded bluffs since it is a part of the Missouri River bottom area. I had to wade through some mud to get a good angle on this beauty, which was bare the last time I viewed it. (I linked the top photo to the winter view.)
The mists and rain were thick and steady which did take the edge off of the colors in this particular series of photos. I find this tree quite wonderful for contemplation because within the time span of this tree's life is the whole history of our country...and earlier! A cursory look at Wikipedia tonight suggests that the colonies were beginning to take shape even as this tree was beginning its' life. So to think about what came to pass over the next three and a half centuries helps me to put things into a better, more healthy perspective.
Thank you to everyone who has left lovely notes and messages here over the past few days. All of your missives were truly appreciated.