Thursday, January 29, 2009

SKYWATCH FRIDAY – Suncatcher Tree (Lake Erie)


This is one of the two red maples in my backyard by the breakwall. I like the way the branches on the left seem to have caught the sun, and are holding it’s light from the rest of the sky. Of course that didn’t really stay that way - the sun moved steadily to the other side of the tree, and the whole sky went from citrine to crimson to dusky purple.

Even though I've been giving winter a hard time on this blog lately, one of my favorite poems is most definitely in praise of the season. To me, it expresses the love felt by a true specialist in melancholy.

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.

I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night's decay
Ushers in a drearier day.

Emily Jane Brontë



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33 comments:

bobbie said...

Your suncatcheer tree makes a lovely picture. I like the curves below.

Kallen305 said...

What a nic picture. I too love how the tree seems to be holding the sun.

Wonderful poem.

mom/caryn said...

What a lovely thing to see when you look out your window. The branches do indeed seem to be cradling the sun and holding the rays a little longer for your enjoyment.

That is a melancholy poem. I don't think I've ever thought to sing when a drearier day is ushered in. I'll cerebrate on it a while.

Lin said...

interesting poem and it fits with the photo...

Regina Marie said...

Hi there..lovely pictures and poem you shoveled up-ha
Your discription captures the true essence of the maples set against the backdrop of winter- in your yard!
I'm in the tropics but it's been a bit cold (nights mostly). We're babies though. We've been having snow on Mauna Kea (Big Island).
http://weather.yahoo.com/forecast/USHI0022.html
I've never seen so many beautiful pictures of snow everybody's been posting lately!

dennis said...

Dennis loves the sun held by the tree!

Dennis didn't know Emily's middle name was Jane.

Guy D said...

Beautiful shot Deborah, I love the sky as well as the snow formations on the groud.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Ron Russo said...

My attention fell to the branches on the left also but I saw them reaching out to the other tree out of sight except for its branches that appear to touch the other.
And the poem is wonderful. I am reminded of the verse (forgot exactly where) that says "This is the day the Lord hath made. I will rejoice and be glad in it".

Som Mine Dager Er, said...

Nice picture of the tree. This is how it is i Norway at the moment too. Can't wait until the bare branches start to grow leaves.

Marit
Norway

Aleta said...

I love Emily Bronte. Lovely picture!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

A serene beauty! Winter may be cold,,,but it's also beautiful. ;-)

Sylvia K said...

I love the sun catcher! And what a great poem, too! Thanks for sharing them both! Have a good weekend and stay warm!!

nina said...

I like that snow drift.
Wind carves such flowing shapes!

Wren said...

A lovely photo, and a new (to me) poem. a nice combination.

The Ridger, FCD said...

Gorgeous - I do love bare limbs in the winter sun.

Carol said...

great photo...love the light in the tree...so much snow!

George Townboy said...

That's an awesome photo!!

PJ said...

I like your beautiful description, contrasted with this pale tableau it makes it very mysterious.

Etje said...

What a beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing

Babooshka said...

The silvery blue light is so gorgeous.

Tess said...

just magnificent!

Ruth said...

That is a beautiful picture. I can hardly wait to see the area in the summer!

Indrani said...

There seems to be no houses nearby. It is a beautiful view with no obstacles in the range.

Naturegirl said...

Deborah you have captured the bleakest time of year perfectly in this photo..yet I see the beauty in it.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful picture, Deb.. I like the sun's rays --around the tree limbs. Beautiful!!!

Neat poem also..
Hugs,
Betsy

gel said...

stately photo, strong shot
I love trees and sky
Enjoyed this poem by Bronte that accompanied it. I was introduced to her as a very young child.

Jim said...

Hi Deborah, I take it you are taking Emily's advice now and have started smiling over that snow.
All that snow! Ooooh, ooooh my.

But then your sky is pretty. Brrrr, it makes me cold just looking at it.

Happy SkyWatching. I'm up, finally. Nice and warm beach scene there, just for you.
..

Cloudia said...

"from citrine to crimson to dusky purple." BRAVA! Aloha-

hitch writer said...

lovely poem...

he looks a bit lonely out there doesnt he ?

magiceye said...

that was beautiful.....

Rose said...

You described it just exactly right...and it is so pretty.

Dewdrop said...

I would have loved to have seen that sunset. You described the colors beautifully.

What is a breakwall?

"Ice Pony Girl" said...

Enjoyed this every much. Thanks!