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The Perfect Christmas Tree

That same day last December as yesterday's pic at the Michigan cottage, I took this shot looking directly across the lake.  We all debate about if it's possible that a tree could be so perfectly shaped naturally.  I don't know.  Do you?

BTW, in the summertime, probably every one of us, at one point or another over the years, has swum across the lake in this spot.  The lake is shaped like a horseshoe and this is where the neck would be.



The Perfect Christmas Tree

That same day last December as yesterday's pic at the Michigan cottage, I took this shot looking directly across the lake.  We all debate about if it's possible that a tree could be so perfectly shaped naturally.  I don't know.  Do you?

BTW, in the summertime, probably every one of us, at one point or another over the years, has swum across the lake in this spot.  The lake is shaped like a horseshoe and this is where the neck would be.



comments (11)

Bravo !! I'm very fond of this kind of picture with water reflection and autumn colors. This one is very beautiful and gives an idea of quietness and infinite : Thumbs up !!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a bunch, Zeb. Those willows do give the feel of autumn, even though the other leaves are long gone. In the early morning, the lake is like glass. I love that feel.
  • Ruth
  • 27 Jan 2007, 13:20
Oh! you captured the red house over yonder and the ochre of the willows. So lovely.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ruth. You know all about this place of wonderful peace and lovely calm. An oasis for our souls! Thank you.

Oh yes, adding saturation helped to pull out that red house and the willows. smile
You are really showing your talent with these lake series, Ginnie! I like it that you didn't crop this picture in the traditional way, with the line of the coast in the center of the photo: it would have looked lovely but it would have lost that far-away, look-how-much-we-used-to-swim effect.
I am not sure about the tree, it looks too big to be man shaped; does somebody take advantage of its shape and dress it up for Christmas?
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Samira, I've been indoctrinated for so long about using the rule of thirds that I never even think of a line in the middle any more, unless I can't help it. So glad you like it this way. And yes, you're right, I also wanted to show just how far it was to swim across--far but not really too far. You're a sweetheart. Thank you.

I have never seem that tree dressed up for Christmas but that doesn't mean they don't do it. I'm not there every end of the year. But it would take a truck-lift to decorate it, I'm sure! And it'd be perfect.
  • El Dani
  • Gulubú
  • 27 Jan 2007, 18:04
Amazing. Those touch of color in the predominantely monochrome picture work really well. I agree with Sam in the not-cropping issue.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Dani. I appreciate your comment.
That's beautiful, Ginnie!

What a perfect bottle brush tree.

It looks as if someone limbed the bottom of the tree and the rest is natural. I'm guessing but I think that when a tree has enough space around it to grow evenly - it does.
Ginnie Hart: That's a good thought, Josie, about how trees grow 'perfectly' if they have enough space! I think you may be right. That may be true of all of us?!
  • chris p
  • the Isle of Wight
  • 27 Jan 2007, 20:10
Beautiful view Ginnie, the different tree shapes work well together smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chris. You know that I always value your comments.
  • jelb
  • France
  • 27 Jan 2007, 20:22
Bonjour,
Wonderful reflection! Very nice tones! Bravo!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Jelb.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 27 Jan 2007, 23:00
A truly beautiful and magical scene Ginnie. I could look at it for hours, absorbing the feeling of the place, it's so peaceful.
Ginnie Hart: It IS very, very peaceful, Ellie...in the morning! Come afternoon in the summertime, the speedboats and jet skiis are racing back-n-forth all over this place. I love the quiet hours before and after when it IS magical. Thank you.
  • Louis
  • 27 Jan 2007, 23:23
A real great pic. I agree with Samira - this series was of very high standard. But so was the art in the park, etc.

The tree can be so symmetric au naturel - i am sure. Forresters explained to me how the plant different tree types for different purposes. Some conifers grow straight, but slow (i guess like this one) others like the good old pine grow fast, but need to be trimmed to grow into a straight pole. So in the 7 years the tree grows to harvest size it gets trimmed - those other types of conifers grow too slow - not so profitable.
Ginnie Hart: Now I feel enlightened, Louis, thanks to you. smile So much to learn about such things as "simple" as trees! Thank you for your kind comment, as always.
Thumbs up. Love the way you have cropped this in the camera
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Aksel. Thanks.
This is lovely and serene - really like this shot
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Pete, for backtracking here and commenting. That means a lot!

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