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.


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

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

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

  4. 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!

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

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

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

  7. Very beautiful pictures and poem!

  8. Love the angles of the photos -

  9. beautiful photos, Ann, great perspective!

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

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

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

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

  14. 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?

  15. 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

  16. Love the blooming!!!
    Happy Monday!

  17. 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

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

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

  20. 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

  21. 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?

  22. 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! :)

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

  24. 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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