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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Skywatch Friday

For today's submission I've posted a photograph I took in November, 2006. We were driving a narrow road on the way to the market town of Marlborough in England when John had to stop and check his map for directions. I looked out the window and saw this tree looking so stark against the grey November sky. I loved the look of the bare trees, all craggy and gnarly. We don't seem to have these types of trees here in Canada.

40 comments:

dot said...

Nice shot and it is unusual looking. I wonder what it looks like in the summer.

Sandy Carlson said...

This is a grand and noble tree. You have captured it beautifully. It's very grand with that dramatic sky. God bless, and thanks for stopping by!

Andrea said...

Wow that tree is all crooked. Very unique.

Sharon said...

What a great find! That tree is wonderful and you captured it with a great background!

Meggie said...

Hey Leslie: This is my first visit to your post. I retired from 32 years of school nursing in 2005. I'm a widow also and stay quite busy but also like quiet time at my farm house. When is your grandaughter due? What a joyful event!
Cool looking tree in your photo! I agree with Sandy, it looks almost noble.

Misty Dawn said...

I really love that tree! That is AWESOME!

Dottie said...

I love the look of that tree. It look strong, but yet at the same time reminds me of something in a creepy type movie...like it could easily come to life. Great photo.

Lilli & Nevada said...

neat shot of the tree and the sky. The tree has a lot of crooked branches

Juliana RW said...

the combination strange tree and sky, makes your photo, great!!

Will you visit my Sky Watch #2 Thanks.

Ida said...

Nice November sky and a noble tree. :)

ArneA said...

That is one of the best so far.
Been through 24 and yours are in top division

RUTH said...

I love the look of leafless trees agains the sky. Great shot :o)

Casdok said...

Interesting to hear you dont have trees like this in Canada.
They are lovely though.

Edmund (the explorer) Nesbitt said...

Oooooh next time you are in England we will have to meet up for a cup of tea!

Randi said...

What a beautifully old tree ...and the sky behind it was great!!

Ellee Seymour said...

This is stunning, very atmospheric, I look its crooked branches.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Looks like a Oak... but in this setting it as to be a magical tree for sure.

Bing said...

I love the tree...with the sky on the background.

Petunia said...

It is a very good picture! like it very much!

the walking man said...

We have a similar thing here in Detroit, it is described perfectly by you Leslie, "all craggy and gnarly."

Only ours isn't a tree and lays around all day on our futon. And no it's not the bear killer dog.

Peace

mark

DeeMom said...

That tree reminds me of a very old Oak tree. There are several I drive past here in our area that I know to be Oaks, so that is my only reference point.

Wonderful picture.

DarylE said...

I love this tree .. like dot I wonder how different it looks with leaves!

RuneE said...

Great silhouette!

Angie said...

Hi,
I had to see this tree as Dot had told me that it is very similar to one of the pictures on my own Skywatch and I can see what she means.I must admit I've got a thing about trees and this is just beautiful!

Nancy said...

I love the photo and I am with you- I haven't seen a tree like that, it makes me wonder what kind it is. Have a great weekend!

meggie said...

What a wonderful photo!!

Marie said...

What a beautiful old tree! Nice sky too!

Mike said...

A lovely silhouette!
My Skywatch

Sonia said...

Beautiful photo! Love the bare tree!

Shirl & Lola said...

I too like these grand trees. Sadly, sometimes it is a sign that the tree has stopped living but is still standing, usually hosting parasitic plants that give it the appearance of being alive still. Nature is very clever.

Not having lived far from Marlborough and having travelled through there for over 30 years. I've probably pondered that same tree. Small world, isn't it, Leslie?

Joyismygoal said...

Is that a kudzu tree? It is cool

Willard said...

I like the photography very much. Good subject and well captured!

Josie said...

That's beautiful, Leslie. That would make a wonderful drawing.

Nancy said...

What a lovely picture of the magnificant tree.Love the way the sky frames the tree.

Siani said...

Gorgeous pic - that's my favourite kind of sky shot - a stark tree silhouetted against a winter sky. Thanks for the link, BTW - I've just added you to my blogroll, too. Have a lovely weekend!

Max-e said...

That is a really nicely composed shot

Andrée said...

I love the fractal aspect of naked trees. This one is particularly fascinating. Halloween-ish? Wonderful photograph. My Sky Watch is here. Thank you.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

That is beautiful - and so very English.

granmal said...

I love twisty looking branches like that. Cool picture.

Anonymous said...

I didn't understand the concluding part of your article, could you please explain it more?