Monday, May 16, 2011

Day 136

Second post of the day. Yay! I'm caught up. 

I have been thinking about an article I read, that I cannot find now, about taking photos of everyday things. Your routine, what walking out your front door looks like in every season, etc. I have really wanted to get what some of those things are, but we live in the city, and right out the front door isn't as pretty as one might think. So I didn't do it for a while. But, in the back of my mind, I might really appreciate this one day. 

So here I have it. What I see out my front door every morning. My flowers, the sidewalks, my van, the neighbors houses, and whatever little critter can get away fast enough up the gorgeous maple trees. These maple trees are special because all 3 of my kids have climbed them. They've had swings hung from them, they've had friends swing from the branches, and it reminds me of the Shel Silverstein poem "The Giving Tree." But in this case, the giving trees. 

Day 136
ISO 200, f/3.5, ss 1/500, 18 mm

The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein

    Once there was a tree..... and she loved a little boy.  And every day the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest.  He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples. And they would play hide-and-go-seek.  And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade. And the boy loved the tree.......very much.  And the tree was happy.
    But time went by.  And the boy grew older.  And the tree was often alone.  Then one day the boy came to the tree and the tree said, "Come, Boy, come and climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and eat apples and play in my shade and be happy."
    "I am too big to climb and play," said the boy.  "I want to buy things and have fun.  I want some money.  Can you give me some money?"

    "I'm sorry," said the tree, "but I have no money, I have only leaves and apples.  Take my apples, Boy, and sell them in the city. Then you will have money and you will be happy." And so the boy climbed up the tree and gathered her apples and carried them away.  And the tree was happy.
    But the boy stayed away for a long time... and the tree was sad.  And then one day the boy came back and the tree shook with joy and she said, "Come, Boy, climb up my trunk and swing from my branches and be happy."
    "I am too busy to climb trees," said the boy. "I want a house to keep me warm.  I want a wife and I want children, and so I need a house.  Can you give me a house?"
    "I have no house," said the tree. "The forest is my house, but you may cut off my branches and build a house.  Then you will be happy." And the boy cut off her branches and carried them away to build his house.  And the tree was happy.
    But the boy stayed away for a long time. And when he came back, the tree was so happy she could hardly speak. "Come, Boy," she whispered, "Come and play."
    “I am too old and sad to play," said the boy. "I want a boat that can take me far away from here. Can you give me a boat?"
    "Cut down my trunk and make a boat," said the tree. "Then you can sail away...... and be happy." And so the boy cut down her trunk and made a boat and sailed away.  And the tree was happy.... but not really.  And after a long time the boy came back again.
    "I am sorry, Boy," said the tree, "but I have nothing left to give you.  My apples are gone."
    "My teeth are too weak for apples," said the boy.
    "My branches are gone," said the tree. "You cannot swing on them.”
    "I am too old to swing on branches," said the boy.
    "My trunk is gone," said the tree. "You cannot climb."
    "I am too tired to climb," said the boy.
    "I am sorry," sighed the tree. "I wish that I could give you something --- 
but I have nothing left. I am just an old stump."

   "I don't need very much now," said the boy. "just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired."

   "Well," said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could, "Well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest." And the boy did.  And the tree was happy.


karren said...

I have that book and have always lked the lesson it teaches. You are right...some day this photo will be a treasure.

Kim said...

looks very peaceful!

Jennifer said...

Your neighborhood looks lovely to me.

Kristal said...

It does look so pretty.

Candi said...

We do need to capture these moments...our kids grow up too fast

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

Lovely view looking out the front door, but the best view is looking back in

Leslee said...

One thing that Mommytography 365 projects have shown me is to see ordinary as extraordinary!! Love your front door view...

Anonymous said...

I love that story! Beautiful shot!

Flower Photography said...

That is a gorgeous shot love the shadows!

Missus Wookie said...

Hey you have green outside your door rather than a brick wall which I had in one house. Fun to see the everyday - and yep those are cool trees.

Kristin said...

I adore shots like this and am thankful that our 365 project motivates us to capture the simple, ordinary things in our lives that so often get overlooked. I bet you'll treasure this photo many years from now when you might not live there any more. I could also see taking another shot from this same angle in Fall and Winter and then doing a montage of them to show off the seasons...something we really don't get here in TX.