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    I miss the trees in Minnesota. I hope to get back this fall so I can see the leaves change.



    I miss pine and birch especially.
    I don't wanna!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owl View Post
    Trees lend themselves nicely to a host of metaphors that shed light on human experience.


    As Entropie pointed out, they're well grounded. They're content to stay where they are and use only what is given them in order to grow and produce their beautiful raiment. They use light, a metaphor for understanding, and turn it into life giving oxygen and carbohydrates that benefits others. They send their roots deep into the earth to reach water that is unseen, and water is a common metaphor for that which gives life. And have you ever wondered how plants make fruit? They take water, light, and minerals and turn these elements into oranges, etc. I can't do that. How do they make such brilliant colors out of dirt and water? How do they create such wonderful flavors out of mud? That is a great metaphor for developing the unseen potential in things that, at a glance, seem worthless or plain. They provide shade in the heat, and, in death, they provide warmth in the cold...

    Trees are cool.
    I <3 this.
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    Trees kick ass. I've always been a fan. Go to California, some sweet treeage there.

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    Booya, things are just starting to change now. We're going to have an early winter, I think.

    We have a stand of sumac in our backyard and they are glorious in the fall.

    Your pix made me happy. (And I know what booya is!)
    "No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer

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    Quote Originally Posted by booyalab View Post
    I miss the trees in Minnesota. I hope to get back this fall so I can see the leaves change.



    I miss pine and birch especially.
    Those are so pretty.

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    [IMG]s439.photobucket.com/albums/qq120/anjanita1/?action=view$current=2006_1031Image0011.jpg[/IMG]

    Here's one for symbolism, Sunshine. My ISTJ husband, who wouldn't see a metaphor if it swatted him over the head, took this picture the night he buried his brother.
    "No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer

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    Oh heck. What did I do wrong?
    "No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anja View Post
    Oh heck. What did I do wrong?
    I think part of the URL is missing. It doesn't start out with "http://www." That part's missing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunshine View Post
    I find trees to be so symbolic? When I see paintings with trees (not landscape paintings that are obviously just there to be pretty) my reaction is always to think that there is some deep meaning the artist is trying to convey.
    * Alive but immobile and silent.
    * Expansive yet buried and hidden.
    * Larger than we are.
    * Possess a human like shape.
    * When we approach them, they cover us in shade. This removes us from our previous context.
    * Long-lived.
    * They put forth fruit or nuts or seeds.
    * They are simple and yet complex. See fractals.
    * They are easy to draw or paint.
    "Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave."

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    I think it's because tree's connect us to mother nature.

    In it's purest form, it represents life, health, age, wisdom. To think of every leaf that grows onto a tree and how it falls back into the ground, also symbolizes life in itself- the metamorphosis of its birth, growth, death, renewal.. That's why they are beautiful.

    I know. Cheesy explanation, but true.

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