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Light Play

This morning the dogs let me sleep in until about 6:00. Then Emma tapped the edge of the bed. Bleary-eyed, I let her and Ruby out and wandered around the yard waiting for them to do their business. They were more interested in what might have spent the night in the shrubs by an old tree stump. Maybe a rabbit or a raccoon? I wandered away a few feet and what I saw made me run back into the house to get the camera.

I didn’t care that the ugliest hydro pole in the world was front and center of my photo. I just wanted to record that rainbow.

The first rays of morning light were doing strange things. The hedge around our place is usually all the same colour, but when the light hit patches of it, you would think it had two kinds of trees.

These are all western red cedars with no colour variation (except today).

When the sun went behind a cloud only moments later, the sky turned dark and so did the hedge. You are looking at the same stretch of hedging in the photo below as in the photos above.

The cloud hiding the sun moved on and the morning rays went to work again.

It was a real light show out there this morning. I’m so glad I didn’t sleep through it.

Trees – The Versatile, Big Plants

13Trees are important to our world. They serve so many necessary purposes, providing us with oxygen, shade, and shelter, just to name a few. Perhaps because we know they are so vital to us, we appreciate and admire them in most places they grow.

One of the locations where trees are enjoyed by a lot of people is in a park or camping/picnic site.



They catch the morning light and make it special.


And they add a warm glow to the evening light.


Without trees, a beautiful sunset might be boring.


Their thick bark suggests much needed protection from extremes of hot and cold temperatures.


The bark is protection for the inner passageways that carry water and nutrients, sometimes for very long distances, until the crown of the tree is reached. (And, of course, we need the moss on the bark to show us where north is because, if you’re like me, you’ve left your compass at home).

8This island of trees provided shelter and a resting place for many a bird. The day I took this photo, it was loaded in roosting pheasants. They were camera shy and left before I could ask for their co-operation.


A nuthatch decided she wanted to nest in a tree without all the mess of limbs and leaves. What a lot of work to hammer out a nest in this hydro pole. I had to run to take an Advil after watching her work so hard to chip away the wood.

12Trees have personalities. Here they are having a pow-wow, or maybe it’s a stonehenge-style huddle.


It’s no wonder the evergreens need to keep their overcoats on all winter to protect against the snow and cold.


Other trees like the maple, drop their leaves each year. They just keep on dropping and dropping. When it’s time to rake the yard, I have a better understanding of the Canadian motto, “The maple leaf forever.”


Some trees have a very hard time in the winter. Snow weighs their branches down and high winds snap them off. It’s a tough life being a tree.


Some trees are sacrificed for the sake of irrigation and hydro-electric power, as was the case in this dam on the Missouri River.


Some lose the battle all alone…


while others, like this crabapple tree, reward us with their bounty.

17I hope you’ve enjoyed this “tree”t today.