Sunday, May 1, 2011

The trees

"The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost being said;
The recent buds relax and spread,
Their greenness is a kind of grief.

Is it that they are born again
And we grow old? No, they die too,
Their yearly trick of looking new
Is written down in rings of grain.

Yet still the unresting castles thresh
In fullgrown thickness every May.
Last year is dead, they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh."
-  Philip Larkin, The Trees

I found this poem on this page and thought it was quite appropriate for these pictures.


Julie Harward said...

Oh, so pretty signs of Spring! We are still in a world of cold here though...;/

Laura @ live.laugh.photograph said...

very appropriate indeed!! i'm so excited that spring is here!

Donna said...

Hello, spring!

BeadedTail said...

Lovely poem! New leaves are one of my favorite signs of spring!

LDH said...

Love your photos especially the last one! Our trees are just like yours. Soon they will be completely full and we will be enjoying the shade and beauty they provide. I won't think about all the raking come the fall as I love trees.

Perfect poem!

Ginny said...

I had to bookmark this website, it's really good!!! Love your tree pics, especially the last one. What is it?

Sandee said...

The poem and the photographs go together exceptionally well. I like them both.

Have a terrific spring. My best to Duke. :)

gayle said...

Very beautiful pictures and poem!

Country Mouse Studio said...

love the images

Grace said...

Love the angles of the photos -

Tanyia said...

beautiful photos, Ann, great perspective!

tahtimbo said...

Great poem! Those pictures are terrific, especially the last one. Spring has sprung (I hope for sure this time).

allotments4you said...

Lovely poem and some great pictures...we are well passed this stage in our season now...we barely have any blossom left!!

Anny said...

Very beautiful pictures today Ann.. especially the 3rd picture. Its majestic :) Lovely poem. Thank you for sharing.

Jen said...

How pretty! Somehow, spring always seems to catch me by surprise (one minute naked trees and the next minute there are leaves everywhere :o)

FishHawk said...

You live a good 400 miles north of us, and yet, your trees look to be at about the same budding stage. Does this mean that we ain't been livin' right?

Sandra said...

I love the trees with the leaves, without the leaves, with the blooms without the blooms and love love the looking up through the trees. these are really beautiful Ann

Donna said...

Love the blooming!!!
Happy Monday!

Out on the prairie said...

I love that last shot Ann. The understory of the forest is growing fast so there are only a few weeks to get in before it become too dense.I can't stay away from buying flowers, I am going to try not to today.LOL

Russ said...

Very nice pictures Ann. The poem is very appropriate. I am officially declaring it to be Spring on Friday.

Anne said...

What a lovely poem. Your photos show that spring has definitely sprung.

Ann said...

julie I hope spring finds you soon

laura me too, I even put away my winter coat

donna hello, hello hello, so glad it's finally arrived

beaded tail first time I read it, I rather liked it

ldh I love them too. and it's so sad to see them so bare in the winter. They look cold and lonely

ginny I hadn't looked all through it yet but I plan on going back

sandee well thanks, glad you liked

gayle, thanks

country mouse , thanks, I have tons of pictures of trees

grace, thank you very much

tanyia why thanks sis

tahtimbo it wouldn't dare change it's mind

allotments4you guess you could call us late

anny thank you, I liked the poem

jen isn't it amazing. it seems like it all turns green over night while we sleep.

fishhawk hmm, could be. Must work on that

sandra so many interesting features in each and every one of them. I've always love looking up into the trees too. makes for a great shot I think.

donna we're having a blooming good time around these parts.

out on the prairie LOL, I think I need to go out and buy some flowers. Start fresh with some of my flower beds, they are a mess

russ thanks. Will there be a celebration on Friday? :)

Anne and hooray for the springing of spring

Sher said...

Love the bottom picture! What a great representation of Spring. There is just one thing missing from today's photos. Hmmmm wonder what, I mean who that is?

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Lovely poem! Lovely picture!

Zach (Fledgling Blogger) said...

Wonderful! Inspirational! :D

We should plant more trees. :)

I miss being around here. I was like in a hiatus from blogging. Now, I'm back! :D

I made a special mention of you in my latest blog post. By the way, my new blog URL is now . You can now update your blog link. Thanks a lot Ann and send my warmest regards to Duke! :)

Catherine said...

How wonderful that your trees are springing to life Ann! There is truly no lovelier green than that of spring!!
xo Catherine

Ann said...

sher hmm, could you be thinking of Duke? :)

sharkbytes thanks,

zach I'm glad to see you back, I'll be hopping on over to see the new blog in a minute

catherine you are so right.

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