Moments of inspiration can arise any time of the day, as some of us are morning people, afternoon folks or night owls. There’s no rhyme or reason, that I know of, for the time of day for lighting the creative fuses, although I do understand that the distribution of preferred time of day is a tribal survival mechanism.
I’m neither a morning person nor a true night owl, although there is something about the quiet of the morning, before everything is stirring, that is very attractive to me; it allows for that meditative time, when all that surrounds us can be breathed in.
One such moments found me by the yoga tree…
As it was late Winter, morning was not coming too early for me to catch it and this moment shortly after sunrise was just magical!
The Final WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has presented their final theme of All-Time Favorites, which, while being a bit sad that it’s their last prompt, is a great way to finish.
Today’s favorite is one that a lot of people have commented on over the years. It also is one of my favorite subjects, as I took many photos of this particular tree over the years. Yes, of course, I’m talking about the Yoga Tree, which has been the subject of many a shot. Among all those images, it is not easy to pick just one that stands out, though!
So here’s my choice…
The Wise Tree is one of the early captures of this wonderful tree in the series that stretched over three years. The cloud pattern is waht drew me in for this shot, and I was not disappointed when I got there!
The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the very hopeful theme of Awakening, which is a great way to think about sunrise!
Sunrise and sunset are probably most photographers’ favorite times of day for the beautiful light that they produce. Or course, sunset is a bit easier on most, as it doesn’t require getting up early in the morning, but for my money, there’s nothing like sunrise, particularly in Winter, as it’s crisp and refreshing!
Here’s one of those mornings…
As the Sun comes up, the Yoga Tree stretches her limbs toward the sky in anticipation of a day filled with energy and recharging.
The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the very hopeful theme of Rise/Set, which asks to share some of our favorite sunrises or sunsets.
There are a couple of these that come to mine, so I may do more than a single post in response to this challenge. Of course, those of you who have followed my blog for a while know what is coming next: the Yoga Tree! I have captured her beauty around the time of many sunrises, as she stood proud in the fields.
This one may be a good place to start…
All we need is a bit of Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool album playing in the background, and we can be one with the Universe!
This challenge immediately made me think of a tree that has been a significant part of my photographic life: the Yoga Tree! Her variation across the seasons is nothing short of fantastic, as she adapts and graces the landscape with beauty every day.
Here are some examples of this lady of the fields:
Birth of the Sun
Sol, it arises!
These days, she is surrounded by a compost farm, which is not a fitting place for a lady, so these images (and many more!) are a wonderful reminder of days gone by.
Welcome to the 90th round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge! In the first TPC of the new year, you got to Recycle, which allowed you to take the old and have it turn into something new.
Your entries focused on everything from recycling to rediscovering and improving ourselves; lots of interesting approaches to this theme that really showed off your creativity. Thank you for another week of fun reading for me; I’m getting spoiled by all of your amazing posts!
Nature’s recycling takes us through the seasons…
Sol, it arises!
The Yoga Tree has seen her share of recycling, as she stood across many seasons; in Autumn her leaves fall and join the undergrowth to be covered by Winter’s snow; in Spring those nutrients start their trip back into the tree, as she recovers into her full glory of Summer.
The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:
By Sarah takes us out of the old year into the new with a great steampunk look by Sarah and her husband; go check it out!
This week, pensivity101 tells us how she recycles Christmas card to create new cards; the designs look amazing!
This week’s contribution in theonlyD800inthehameau show us a poubelle, as a starting point for recycling; what’s a poubelle, you ask? Go look!
Nicole sbrings us a wonderful piece of what can be made with recycled items in Une Photo, Un Poéme; great place to sit!
Xenia’s post in whippetwisdom talks about the old becoming new with her whippets having a blast!
Bullyboy’s entry for this theme in Travel387 is a beautiful image of a flower, that is also recycled as a cancer drug.
What is the thing with feathers that perches in Black Body? It’s simply beautiful to look at!
Liz McCafferty writes a wonderful post about the history of the grammophone, recycling old components.
In this week’s entry from ForgivingConnects, Debbie focuses on how the old parts of herself have recycled to be the new self; we can’t ever escape our old selves, but rather recycle and improve ourselves.
In VickiMD87, we get to see some rather interesting pieces coming together, as human debris does not turn into a pearl.
The WordPress Daily Photo Challenge provides the theme of Transformation.
One of our most constant companions, that contribute greatly to our existence on this planet, are trees. These stately producers of oxygen, building material, shelter, shade and so much more, were often worshipped in ancient times for the magic they contain. My appreciation of trees has shown itself in quite a bit of my work, and, in particular, one tree: the Yoga Tree.
Over the years, the Yoga Tree has transformed herself in response to the seasons, as well as her environment, as you can see in the Winter images. She has always stood with pride and dignity, even now, when she is surrounded by the detritus that makes up a compost farm…
Here’s a look at some of her transformations…
The Wise Tree
The Lady in Snowdress
Stately in Summer
Steeped in Color
This tree has brought me much joy over the years that I photographed her, and I hope that some of these images bring a bit of joy to those who view them.