June 07, 2010

From Bare To Green...

Considering we have reached June and the onset of the summer season, this signals the finale of my Monday Birch Tree Updates. This installation of my progressive photography (as once termed by Hilary, my good friend) also completes another series of my autumn Sunday updates From Green To Bare, which took place last year.

Never before have I payed such a close attention to this magnificent tree in our front yard, as during these past ten months. Not just to the tree itself, but also the changes that the adjacent trees and plants undergo between seasons. I have closely studied the yearly circle of the Birch and became familiar with the progress instigated by nature and ultimately by the ecliptic journey, which our Earth travels around the sun. The tree has almost become my friend, that silent sentinel, which I can gaze at every morning from my kitchen window, as the world greets me with yet another day. In twilight and bright sunshine, in still summer air and in windy autumn, green in foliage and bare in snow, it has been there to add ambiance to my views. Always the same, yet always different.

Nature is magical at the very best. If we only pay the slightest attention, miracles await to be discovered on daily bases. No need travel far and away, the best usually lies just a few steps from where we live.

Thus without further ado, here is a compilation of the four seasons of my majestic friend; The Birch Tree.

(Please click images to enlarge)



25 comments:

Alesa Warcan said...

Your photo comparisons are great!
I especially like the fours seasons one! : j

Elizabeth said...

Great pictures. Did you enjoy the sunniest weekend one could wish for?
Today it is raining cats and dogs. Even a blackbird sought shelter in our bird feedinghouse.

Tony Single said...

Wow. I wish I'd kept a photographic record of the liquid amber tree that used to be in my parents' front yard.

I remember it being so light and airy in the spring with its rustling halo of green. And it was always such a dark and foreboding presence in the autumn with its black trunk and fiery mane.

Nature has a personality. It really does.

Paul C said...

How interesting that you provided this vivid portrait of a beloved tree. We had a clump birch which looked very similar to yours. At twenty years old it was overcome by the birch borer which eats away at the cambrian layer and kills the tree. Now we have a Riverdale beech in its place.

Zuzu said...

I love your progressive photography mosaics, Zuzana.

We are starting our 8th year living up here in the Colorado mountains, and I could never imagine moving away from here. Each day is full of little surprises, and the view constantly changes and is ever inspirirng! :)

Happy Monday, dear friend!

Brian Miller said...

nature is magical...i love to go out on the back deck and mark the progress of the seasons in her beauty...love these series b/c of the same feel that i get in your part of the world...

Queenmothermamaw said...

What a wonderful photo story you have created. We have the Riverbirch in our front yard and I have photographed it in all seasons. I love the bark that comes off in the fall and winter and use it for art projects.
Great story. Blessings
QMM

Donna said...

Beautifully said, and beautiful photos, Zuzana.

Hugs,
Donna

Keith said...

Those photos are beautiful. I love to see what trees look like throughout the seasons.

Nessa said...

I love your seasonal montages. They really bring home how things progress in cycles.

sprinkles said...

I shall miss your tree collages! But alas, all good things must come to an end. It was a nice reminder to not just take things for granted and to really look at the small details because you're probably missing out on a lot of beauty otherwise!

It's also inspired me to take a closer look at the things around me. I hope I don't forget to continue to do just that.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, Zuzana...there is SOOO much to love about this post!!! Your words are pure poetry..."No need travel far and away, the best usually lies just a few steps from where we live." So very true and so very wise. And the birch itself is magnificent...That snow picture, in particular,is simply stunning...It is ALWAYS a pleasure to share a morning cuppa with you!! Love you, Janine XO

Holly said...

Oh my goodness all of those pictures,...it's amazing! I am HAPPY that the weather is finally treating you right!!:):)

Your magenta post was breathtaking as well. I hope you are doing wonderfully!
xoxo Holly

Betsy said...

It really has come full circle! And each stage is beautiful in it's own way!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

I love the different seasons! How amazing the lush green of plants and trees that survived an Artic winter! That is truly a miracle to me!

Absolutely Ladylike said...

Your Birch Tree look wonderful in every season dear Zuzana...I love your photos...and I agree with you about the miracles around us...it's a great reminder for me too :-) Thanks!

Much love: Evi

Snowbrush said...

How beautiful and interesting. Thank you.

Claus said...

I love your progressive photography, and that collage of the four seasons is simply gorgeous. Curiously how time flies by and one doesn't notice all of the sudden...your summer is here now, after a long wait. I'm glad your are having it around!!
enjoy it!!
*hugs*

Claus said...

I love your progressive photography, and that collage of the four seasons is simply gorgeous. Curiously how time flies by and one doesn't notice all of the sudden...your summer is here now, after a long wait. I'm glad your are having it around!!
enjoy it!!
*hugs*

Jill said...

I just love it when you do these month to month/season to season comparisons Zuzana!
LOVELY!

Rajesh said...

You have beautifully captured seasonal changes. It is magical.

Hilary said...

Those four season shots are just beautiful. I love how you do this progressive photography (thanks for the the plug!) and wonder.. what's next?

Gal Friday said...

The birch photos are wonderful(especially like the four seasons one in the middle)

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Look at the step by step photographs.. It looks like animation!!! Lolz!!!

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Zuzana said...

Alesa, Elizabeth, Tony, Paul, Zuzu, Brian, QMM, Donna, Keith, Nessa, sprinkles, Janine, Holly, Betsy, C or V, Evi, Snowbrush, Claudia, Jill, Rajesh, Hilary, Tina and Bhushavali – thank you everyone for your amazing and beautiful comments. I am so delighted to learn that you all enjoyed my updates and never grew tired of them.
I agree with you, the four seasons images of The Birch are the best. I will have to come up with a new subject to follow in the future.;)

Thank you all for stopping by, your visits are always very much appreciated.

Xoxo,
Zuzana