A Tree for All Seasons

 

100_3969e1  I’ve shown you this huge blue spruce before … it lives in Jack and Sandys’ yard across the street.  There are several reasons I especially notice it.  First of all, when I open our front door, it is directly in my line of sight, so easily catches my interest.  Also, the neighborhood mailbox sets just to the left of it, so at least once a day I walk fairly close to it.  But, mainly I notice it because it is just a magnificent tree.

100_4338f  At Christmastime, Jack decorates it in big, colorful lights.  I took this picture at night last Christmas, and was delighted with the (accidentally) abstract look of it. 

But, I just realized recently that the tree dresses up at least one other time of the year that I had never noticed before. 

About a month ago, I had walked out to the mailbox and could hear a bird singing its little heart out, so I looked toward the song. 

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P1010848(1)x   The bird was high in the blue spruce. 

But, as I was really taking the time to look at the tree to find the bird, I realized for the first time that it was “dressed up” for a new season, Spring, and this time it did it itself!  (So, of course, I went to get my camera!)

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I had no idea that pine cones started out as beautiful red “flowers” on an evergreen.  They were the reddest at the very top, so I assume sunlight influences the amount of color.   

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I’m going to start paying more attention to my favorite blue spruce so that I will be sure to notice any other surprises it might have to share!

Truly, a tree to be enjoyed in every season.

8 Responses to A Tree for All Seasons

  1. Belinda says:

    The pictures that you took are lovely. The closeup view of the bird nestled beside the pinecones would make a nice Christmas card photo.

  2. Sandra says:

    Belinda — I remember the day I took these, and you and I standing at the mailbox discussing this tree — a nice memory, friend.

  3. Linda M. says:

    Hi, yes, I admit, I’m a “Pioneer Woman Comment Stalker”….I’m old & have just found out about all these wonderful things online! Anyway, I so enjoyed the pictures of the tree! Living in FL. I don’t get to see any of that kind of beauty that I miss so much! So thanks for that……..NOW I looked at the bird & went OMG! I’m disabled & now live with my olest son,who’s home is on a lake.The wildlife & birds I see is enough to make the Discovery Channel jealous.BUT the bird,it’s the exact bird that I’ve been watching with their babies for a couple of months (sorry,I have nothing but time, my kids are grown.AND I’m happy after 30 + yrs. of working with the public, the birds & ducks are great for conversation..LOL) Do you know what kind it is? Does anyone know what kind it is? I would love to be able to look it up because they are unbelievable with their young.They watch over them like a mother lion would, attacking birds that are 10 times their size without a thought about it.Anyway, I’m rambled enough already on your blog, I love it by the way, very,very sweet & interesting & that’s a good thing! Thanks! I’m going to shut up now……

  4. C. Beth says:

    Oh, that is just so beautiful! The pine cones really do look like blooms. And I love the serenading bird. 🙂

    Creation reflects the majesty of God!

  5. Candy says:

    Sandy,
    Great pictures. I checked all my bird books and I believe the little songster is a black-throated blue warbler. And, it says you commonly find them in EVERGREENS:)
    Candy

  6. Sandra says:

    Linda M. — Thanks so much for stopping by. I know just how you feel about all the wildlife around when you live on a lake — I know more about ducks and geese than I have EVER known, before moving here on the lake.

    Did you read Candy’s comment? She thinks she knows what the bird is. That’s what is so wonderful about blogging — lots of people helping people!

    Hope you’ll stop back again. 🙂

    Beth — I’m glad you enjoyed this as much as I did! 🙂

    Candy — Thank you so much. You KNOW I could never have told what kind of bird it is. 🙂

  7. Hilary says:

    Beautiful photos, Sandra. Perspective is everything, isn’t it? 🙂

  8. Sandra says:

    Hilary — Perspective and really LOOKING at what’s going on around you. Photography has made me much more of a “looker”. 🙂

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