Monday, October 26, 2009

Second Look: A Grand Burr Oak

The top photo of the Burr Oak links to its' earlier, winter photo.





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.

14 comments:

FishHawk said...

After the devastating ice storm we experienced a couple of years ago, all I see now when looking at a wonderful tree like that are limbs ready to be stripped from the trunk. Be assured that I don't like it a bit.

PJ said...

a magnificent tree! it really shows just how strong the powers of nature are. this is a living entity that has withstood everything the universe has sent its way for hundreds of years. truly majestic!

hugz!

Split Rock Ranch said...

What a majestic and awe inspiring tree! Great photos, as always. Glad you made it home safely. How is Dakota's foot?

Over The Top Aprons said...

Your work is beautiful - as always. I love the photos of the trees!!

Sandee said...

That makes this tree even more special. It's been here to watch the birth and growth of this country. Awesome.

Have a terrific day. :)

Theresa said...

What a beautiful tree and your photos, as always, are awesome!

New Tips, Trick, Cheat Games said...

very cool picture, look so peaceful to me

askcherlock said...

A beautiful tree with so much history entwined within. Thank you for sharing this.

Ann said...

No matter what the trip may be, there's nothing like coming home again.
love the tree. It is amazing how many years they can withstand.

Sharkbytes said...

I really love big old oaks like that. Grand picture!

Ratty said...

That really is a great old tree. If we could only see some of the things that happened during that tree's lifetime.

Lin said...

Doesn't a lovely tree like that make you think--about what it has been through, what storms and what sunshine has pelted its bark? And yet it remains, strong and resilient. I think your tree has sent you a secret message.

ArtSnark said...

very cool - thanks for sharing

Mulled Vine said...

We have two large oak trees in our little English garden. Very beautiful, but sweeping up tons of acorns and leaves every Autumn doesn't half take the joy away! :)

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