Sunday, November 3, 2013

That Tree That's Blocking the View...


I've been grumbling for some time now about the big elm that is obstructing the view of the mountains to the east.  Having it removed is going to require some pricey tree guy work and we keep putting it off. 
 
But for the past week, the elm has been a glorious thing ...  
glowing gold in every light.

It's losing some of its leaves, giving us a glimpse of beyond . . .

The gold contrasts so nicely with the sky -- whether  cloud-filled...

Rainy...

Or clearing and bright blue.

The sun lit up the tree and over its shoulder, a rainbow appeared . . .

I spent much of yesterday in the kitchen and every time I glanced out the window, the tree seemed to be even more spectacular than before. I took almost seventy pictures of it...

Sometimes the tree that's blocking the view, is the view.
Do you think there's a moral in there somewhere?
Or perhaps a Zen koan?
 
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14 comments:

Ms. A said...

I don't think I could cut down such a beautiful tree and it IS BEAUTIFUL!

Kath Marsh said...

The elm is a beauty. And you are a wise woman to see it. And a generous one to share it! thank you.

Brian Miller said...

ah that is def a moral...not to miss what is right in front of us for what we hope to see far away as well...smiles....its a lovely tree...

Pepper Cory said...

At least an amateur haiku-

Gold elm grows taller
And blocks my valley view
Tree-I forgive you.

Pepper Cory said...

Crumbs-once again

Gold Elm grows taller
And blocks my valley vista
Tree-I forgive you

Should have known better than to haiku without coffee!

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Chuckles.

Lise said...

Perspective is everything...I know exactly how you feel. We have many trees blocking the view of the mountains directly west of us, some that are not on our property so they won't be coming down. I suppose it's one of the reasons I love winter so much...no leaves blocking my view!

Inger said...

This elm let you show off all its glorious beauty. Enjoy it during the leafy seasons and then enjoy the view in the winter.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Vicki -- yes definitely some natural force is telling you to live with the beauty of the tree. Elms are dying off in record number -- you are fortunate to have this glorious tree to ponder on as you look out your window. -- barbara

Vicki Lane said...

Nice response, Pepper!

Over on Facebook where this is also posted, one person compared the tree to the Mallorn tree in Lothlorien. I'd thought of that myself... and I have a real feeling we won't be cutting this tree. Maybe some of those to its right could go...

jennyfreckles said...

And in winter you'll be able to see the view THROUGH the tree. Is it reprieved?

Friko said...

You are fortunate you have an elm. Dutch Elm disease wiped out all elms here and on the continent decades ago and we still have no new ones.

You must do as you think fit with your elm but it would be sad to see it go.

Vicki Lane said...

Friko, et al -- I think the elm will stay. I'd already pretty realized this before I did the post -- now Im afraid there'd be protesters and folks chaining themselves to the elm. :-)

With 100 + acres, most in woods, cutting down a tree doesn't seem like such a big deal -- in fact, we mostly heat with wood from the place.

But this one IS pretty special.

Sam Hoffer @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

I think Mother Nature is teasing you and taunting you with the tree's beautify and hoping you'll forget all about taking it down.
Sam