Point of Light

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Like a projectile moving at quantum speed it enters your eye. Before you blink or squint your optic nerve has been blasted by this thing we call “light”. Like a dart hitting the bulls eye this light has hit its target and temporarily blinds you.

I thought this morning what’s the point of this post? Play on words intended. I realized I didn’t know what the point is. I just liked the photograph. Is that a good enough reason to post something…because you like it? Maybe.

Certainly, this image tells us several things worth noting. Sunlight can be extremely intense. Autumn has arrived as the leaves of our maple tree can attest to by their change in color, and dropping to the ground in droves. I like trees and nature. I enjoy color. I like to see the unusual and snap it with my camera-even if no one else sees the result.

Fall is such a wonderful time of year. Nature displays her beauty in unique and vibrant ways. The warmth of summer begins to change to the cold of winter. The days are shorter. School is in full swing. Football is halfway through its season while baseball is winding down via the World Series. Hunting season starts. Wardrobes change. Even food choices change.

Perhaps the point of this post is simply to express myself. You should do the same as it is rather fun !

On the way to Oz

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This was such a fun photograph to take. Cheryl brought this to my attention well over a year ago after I had completed some branch trimming. The past year or so has made the facial image even more real than before so she directed my attention to the tree again.

The tree is a mature, but not old, Pin Oak. Over the years I have pruned the lower branches as an act of survival or I would have been decapitated while mowing the lawn under its umbrella of tough twigs and branches which seem to bend toward the earth at an ever-increasing rate. I suspect healthy growth and gravity are the culprits. Good for the tree…bad for the man.

The result you see was not intentional. However, I believe I created something akin to the apple trees in the movie, The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion all needed to pause for a refreshing break while on their way to the magical city of Oz for some much needed help. As soon as the nearby apple trees were located while in the enchanted forest, Dorothy plucked an apple from one of them (which looked very similar to this guy). The tree asked her how would she like having an apple plucked from her and then began throwing apples at the group. They hurriedly moved on!

It is a good thing Pin Oaks don’t grow apples. However, they do grow many pin oak nuts which the squirrels love to eat. Perhaps that is why I always see the squirrels scurrying past this tree at a faster rate than any other! They may have had a knock or two on their heads!

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