Monday, May 19, 2014

Thematic Photographic 295 - Trees & Branches

Standing, for now
London, ON
March 2014
We're going with trees and branches as this week's theme because of a rather sad moment of realization I had just last week.
I was pulling into the parking lot at our son's school as I had done countless times before. This place has been our home away from home for more years than I dare admit - my wife teaches there, and our older kids studied there, too - so the entire campus is pretty much committed to muscle memory.

And something on this morning seemed off.

At first I couldn't quite figure it out. But then it hit me: The sky was a lot more open than I remembered it. The stand of old growth, delightfully tall trees at the edge of the parking lot had been partially cut down, leaving a gaping void where lush greenery once stood.

I immediately thought back to the photo above. I had taken it as part of a series this past March. The kids were attending an after-school program, and I was waiting in the parking lot with little to do beyond fiddle with my camera and stare. So I took a walk in the snow and shot the moment.

Little did I know that this would be the last picture I'd ever take of this particular tree.

And so we have this week's theme. Because they can disappear in a blink.

Your turn: Shoot a tree, or branches, or, as you can see here, both. Post the result - or results - to your blog or website, then leave a comment here letting folks know where to find it. Visit other participants through the week to share the photographic joy, and feel free to invite a friend along for the ride. For more info on how Thematic works, click here. Thanks again for making this such a highlight. Enjoy...

14 comments:

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Hey Carmi, I am back... hope all is well w/you! found this one for this week's theme
http://afreshstartwithkalei.blogspot.com/2014/05/tp-295-trees-and-branches.html

Magaly Guerrero said...

That terrible feeling of seeing the empty spot that used to be made grand by a tree. Let's hope they plant another in its place...

Here is my post:
http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/2014/05/sometimes-i-wish-they-would-bite-back.html

Alexia said...

Great! I love that big solid bark-y trunk shot

I'm putting a golden version of trees and branches here.

RANU CHAKRABORTY said...

We have a jail term for cutting trees here..... even the local bodies aren't allowed to do so without a valid reason.

http://rcbspinkcloud.wordpress.com/2014/05/17/labyrinth-abstract/

evao28269 said...

it looks like there are no regulations in our neighborhood.
Here's mine http://evasmoodboard.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/4904/

Karen S. said...

It's always so interesting to learn about these quaint, little happenstances in your life. I have encountered a few of these losses as well. Nice to meet the memory of this dear old tree, in this cool capture. Here's mine

http://twincitiesblather.blogspot.com/2014/05/thematic-photographic-295-trees-and.html

Gilly said...

I love trees, so here are my favourites! http://gillymaccsphotos.co.uk

Bob Scotney said...

Blossom and a bit of a mixture from my village and the local wood.
http://bit.ly/1obNvNc

fredamans said...

Beautiful abstract photo.

http://fredamans.blogspot.ca/2014/05/trees-branches.html

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...
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ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

My trees and branches (and birds and butterflies).

2nd try...cutting and pasting is hard work!
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Michèle Dextras said...

Back to a French text this week and trees and branches!

Trees and Branches

Bob Scotney said...

This iw two weeks in a row that a bitly short link has disappeared without trace. It probably couldn't get out of the wood for the trees.

http://bobscotney.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/trees-and-branches-thematic-photography.html

mmp said...

Hurmph, missed this, too busy IRL. Still, knowing you it will come around again soon!