April 12, 2010

Return To The Birch Tree.

Slowly, the nature is waking up after its winter sleep. The yearly cycle of our trees is just about to begin yet again.
Some of you might remember the small series of photographs I posted over the course of last autumn, depicting - or following - the loss of the foliage of a majestic birch tree in my front yard.

This progressive photography is I guess not completed yet, as the season of spring is missing. I am very intrigued by the idea of progress, whether this progress is man made or natural. I love to watch the seasons change, the transition of buds to leaves or flowers, the growth of plants and trees. To document the alterations in foliage of a tree is absolutely rewarding, as the changes are almost always visible within a few weeks.

Thus every Monday I will post a picture of my beautiful birch tree, depicting the changes in images, taking you back from "bare to green". Already now, the tree has visible buds of it's imminent flowers, that will be in bloom very shortly, bringing us the first pollen of the season.



24 comments :

young-ecletic-encounters said...

Very nice post. Great idea to document your tree through the seasons. Johnina :')

Lynne said...

What an exciting time for you, to see the trees coming to life again. Some Swedish friends of ours say the best time of the year is coming soon, when all the trees take on that special new green colour. I miss Sweden. It's a beautiful country.

Kath said...

I love the way you make the seasonal collage. I keep meaning to take photos of our Amelanchier to do the same. Enjoy the Spring weather X

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Life, I'm told, is a birch.

Brian Miller said...

love it when you do these progressions...enjoy all the new life....

LadyCat said...

Your birch tree is magnificent in all it's stages. Looking forward to the new photos.

Jill said...

Love the photos. Will look forward to the installments.
I am particularly fond of Birch trees...do you have Sycamore too? I love them as well...because of the beautiful white bark.

Happy Monday Dear Zuzana!

Sukanya said...

Wow Zuzana. Your pics of the birch tree in August, october and December is just too lovely.

And thanks for those wonderful words on my blog. Im back to being me now :)

Cheers,
Sukanya

Betsy said...

I love these progressions you do...with sun, moon, and growing things in your yard. Without the photos side by side it's easy to forget!

Hilary said...

You know I love this progressive photography. And you know I really don't love winter, but I've got to say that the snowy birch shot is really incredible. Looking forward to see your birch green up.

Cottage Garden said...

Your progressive photographs are such fun Zuzana. I look forward to seeing the progress of your birch tree on future Monday's. Great idea for a post!

Jeanne
x

steviewren said...

You really need to frame your seasons collection. It would make a great conversation piece.

I've been thinking of taking a photo of the trees in my backyard to show next to the one I took 2 weekends ago. Then the branches were still bare. Now there is green all over.

I've got wild violets, trillium, irises, widow's wort, narcissus, azaleas, running periwinkle and a red bud tree all in bloom. I was able to open the windows and listen to birds chirp all day long. It was blissful this past weekend.

Dan said...

I love your timeline pictures Zuzana. Does the tree drop its autumn leaves in winter? The picture looks like they are still hanging on in there!
Best wishes
Dan
-x-

Bachelor said...

I love your birch tree and its many seasonal faces. I can't decide which one I like best. The winter scene is beautiful!
:) The Bach

Radka said...

Ahoj Zuzko, opět máš na blogu nádherné fotografie :))). Tykat si můžeme :)). Já jsem teď byla zaneprázdněná, tak teď budu zase mít čas, tak budu fotit, ahoj Radka.

sprinkles said...

I remember you doing this last year, taking pictures of the birch tree's progress! I'm so glad you're going to continue with it.

Your blog reminds me to pay attention to detail with posts like these. Things can change so quickly and if you're not really looking, you can miss so many wonderful things!

Blogaire said...

I loved your posts from last Autumn Zuzana and look forward to following the progress of your Birch tree again.
I have been busy lately and not blogging as much as I would like but I am enjoying reading your vrecent posts!

Denise said...

it's a wonder how the trees survived on changing season. There's balance in nature. These are wonderful photos.


I am Denise Katipunera

Claus said...

hey! the tree is back! :-))
I love the progressive pictures at the end of the post. Gorgeous! Isn't it incredible how much this tree goes through, yet it always comes back with everything it has?! :-o looking forward to every Monday!
*hugs*

Zuzana said...

Johnina, Lynne, Kath, Cosmo, Brian, LadyCat, Jill, Sukanya, Betsy, Hilary, Jeanne, Stevie, Dan, The Bach, Radka, sprinkles, Blogaire, Denise and Claudia, I am happy that you all look forward to see the tree turning back to it luscious glory.;)
Thank you so much everyone for your always kind words and your time, I love when you visit.
Xoxo
Zuzana

Sandy said...

You have a birch tree in your front yard and we have one (River Birch) in our back yard. I planted mine in front of a row of leyland cypress because I read that the white bark will look stunning with the evergreen background and it does. This spring we have thingies hanging from it that I don't remember seeing before. I made my hubby go out and take some off to make sure they weren't bugs. And they weren't - they are part of the tree. LOL! Ours is starting to bud out now. I love the mosaic of your birch tree in the different seasons. Have a great day Zuzana!

Hugs,
Teacup Lane (Sandy)

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Blog Princess G said...

Your birch is one of my favourite trees ever, in any season. I love your photographic journeys!

Zuzana said...

Sandy, Ji, and BPG; thank you so much for your kind words, I am so delighted to know that you are looking forward to watch the birch tree progression through the spring and into the summer.;) xo