TREES – BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: TREES

Nice to have a challenge for which I am very well positioned, what with living in the middle of the woods and all.

I took some pictures of the wood yesterday because I noticed the first yellow leaves showing on the trees, but they are intended to show color, so it’s back to the archives.

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Natural black and white. Winter in New England IS monochrome. A few minor color accents, but otherwise, black and white.

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I WOULD RATHER BE A TREE

SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2015 WEEK #32

Are you a collector of anything?

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I am a collector of everything. Dolls, Native American jewelry, fetishes, and pottery. Cameras.

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Ancient Chinese Porcelain. Asian sacred artifacts. Wind chimes. First-edition books (new ones, not old ones). Musical instruments.

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And a lot of miscellaneous stuff that just appeals to me.

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Now, if only I could collect my thoughts. They seem to be all over the place.

What is your biggest fear or phobia? (no photos please)

Spiders.

Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?

Fiction, science fiction, and history. I consider biographies as history.

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I read auto-biographies of people I think might prove interesting. Sadly, many of them are not interesting at all.

Complete this sentence: If I Must Be Reincarnated, In the Next Life I Want to Be…

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A tree. Near a brook. In a meadow.

TREES AND THE FOREST

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YOU CAN’T SEE THE FOREST FOR THE TREES.

As early as the 1500s, “you can’t see the forest for the trees” was in wide enough use that it was published in collections of proverbs and slang. As anyone who has been in a forest knows, it can be easy to fall into the trap of just looking at the individual trees, rather than considering the forest as a whole.

Is it really that easy to forget the larger picture if you can only see part of it? Do we forget we are in a city because we’re looking at a building? Really?

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I live in a forest. Not an allegorical or metaphorical one. The real deal. Mainly oak. Some sassafras, maple, and beech. A hint of pine. We used to have a walnut tree, but it went down in a hurricane a few years back.

If you live in a woods, it’s hard to see the forest, but that doesn’t mean you don’t know it’s there. Unless you looking down from above, you can never see a whole forest. But we deduce, infer, assume the larger picture.

Whether or not you can see it changes nothing. You eyes see trees, but your brain knows otherwise. Not seeing the whole picture does not mean you don’t know there is one

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How many trees I can see from my house depends on where I am. From the back deck, I see forest. Fewer trees from the front or side of the house. But what’s the difference between the forest and the trees? Isn’t a forest just a bunch of trees? How many trees do you need before it’s a forest (rather than a bunch of trees)? Is there a definition?

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Despite this, I bet you can tell the different between a group of trees and a forest every time, without assistance.

We don’t need to see the whole forest to know it’s there.

Parts of things embody the spirit of the whole. This is how we understand our world and ourselves. No matter what piece you look at, you retain awareness of its connection to something larger. We are individuals, but part of a family, a company, clan, tribe. Humanity as a whole. Without this fundamental grasp of reality, we could not live in the world.

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So how do you know whether you’re looking at a single tree, or the edge of a forest? Look around. If you see more trees, put your money on “forest.” If you see a parking lot or a giant Walmart sign? Think “mall.”

PHOTO A WEEK CHALLENGE: GREEN, GREEN

A Photo a Week Challenge: Green

Our world is full of colors, but especially the color green. And aren’t we lucky? Green happens to be my favorite color, from bright lime green to a green so dark it looks black. To me, green is the color of life and spring. I love watching plants as they begin to grow and shoot up one or two green stems into the sunlight. I love watching our lawn change from winter brown to spring and summer green. Even the spring air smells green to me. And it makes me happy.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO OR TWO THAT INCLUDE THE COLOR GREEN.