Saturday, September 28, 2013

...the capacity to live...

"Every morning, when we wake up,
 we have twenty-four brand-new hours to live. 
What a precious gift!
 We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours
 will bring peace, joy, and happiness
 to ourselves and others"
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~

this is an apple tree.
that i climbed often as a child.
mostly to pick the best apple.
before it hit the ground.
to meet the fate of bruising.
it goes through each season.
bearing no fruit, no leaves.
it has no leaves to drop in the fall.
yet in death.
it stands proud.
it still brings my heart joy.
enjoy the moments.
just BE.


Jim said...

Great shot

Sylvia K said...

Wonderful old tree and great shadow shots for the day, Robin! I hope your weekend is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Ralph said...

Although this tree no longer bears fruit, it still affirms life. The memories of the tree are still alive inside you even over the years - thus is is still alive as it stands although weathered. It lives in your heart :)

Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio said...

I know what you mean about that tree still bringing joy to your heart! I have one in my back yard that is long gone, but I wouldn't let my husband take it down. Instead, he put a sting of lights on it and it comes on every night, bringing backyard magic to us each evening.

Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio said...

Last weeks image explanation has been added to the post! Thanks-I meant to do that and lost sight of it.

Catherine said...

Beautiful colours and textures in this shot

Chubby Chieque said...

Hi Rob...
The sweet old memories always stay, no matter what.

Love the thoughts of LIFE.

Have a blessed weekend.
/CC girl

Tilda said... I got through the morning knowing this was the 33rd anniversary of his death, and then I saw....the tree, and your words.
Then I lost it. I remember when it was young, like him, but it stands still, and is beautiful even in its dead state. Trees have life long after the leaves and apples no longer come. They have the ability to bring tears.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

There's something warm and generous about this debarked tree...

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such wonderful weathered beauty in this old tree. It is clearly a storehouse of precious memories. May it live on.

BLOGitse said...

Beautiful. This kind of trees have special effect when playing with shadows...

Thanks for having URL/name comment option!

Mascha said...

The trees are slowly dying
and monuments are to us even in death ...
The fruit trees of my childhood were all blown away :-(

Good to see the patterns of the crawlers in the wood,
beautiful pictures!

Kathe W. said...

sweet tribute to a tree that gave so much for so many years. Have a wonderful day.

MyMaracas said...

Trees can be such wonderful companions in childhood. It's nice that yours still stands, even if its apples are only a memory.

Prairie Jill said...

Gorgeous scenes from a beautiful fall day!