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Alone but Not Lonely

Birch trees are one of my favorite trees in the world.
THIS birch at the family cottage in Michigan is my favorite birch tree in the Universe!  It sits in the middle of our grassy beach and shades us come summertime.
See how it leans with longing towards the frozen lake!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]

Alone but Not Lonely

Birch trees are one of my favorite trees in the world.
THIS birch at the family cottage in Michigan is my favorite birch tree in the Universe!  It sits in the middle of our grassy beach and shades us come summertime.
See how it leans with longing towards the frozen lake!

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]

comments (40)

  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 11 Jan 2008, 00:05
Your own birch parosol.
Lovely shot Ginnie and the B&W works really well with this shotsmile

Hope you arrived safe and sound MY FRIEND.smile

It's nearly time for lift off!! The count down has beguntonguetongue
Ginnie Hart: I DID arrive safe and sound and soon you'll be doing the same! Yes, the count-down has begun. I hope you're ready. I sure am. smile
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 11 Jan 2008, 00:44
I really like this shot, Ginnie. The tones work well, the quietness of the scene is emphasized by the lack of color, and the snow has great depth - I thought it was sand at first because of the details in it.
Ginnie Hart: I like the idea of quietness, Jewlya,because that's exactly what this place does for me: it calms me down. Thanks.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 11 Jan 2008, 01:23
The Tree Whisperer is among us.How wonderful, Ginnie, that you are able to communicate with our very distant relatives.
I think this friend should be very pleased with the very fine winter portrait.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, I like that, Ray: the Tree Whisperer! I'll remember that the next time I see her. I'll call her the Tree Whisperer from now on! Thank you.
  • Suzanne
  • Canada
  • 11 Jan 2008, 01:31
I'm with you about the birches..I love finding them all tossed in together as the light catches their white bark..this lone one is sitting pretty leaning towards the beach..I can just imagine it in all it's summer glory.
Ginnie Hart: It looks like a lot of us like birches, Suzanne. I like that camaraderie related to Nature. Thank you.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 11 Jan 2008, 03:08
Blends right into the winter scene. This lake looks great in winter!
Ginnie Hart: Yes to both, Martin! Thank you.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 11 Jan 2008, 04:25
An other picture of winter wonder land, the color and the way you cropped is splended, almost diagonal, this tree, if it could talk, will have lots of nice stories. like he boats from yesterday tongue . Ginnie dit is weer één van jouw juweeltjes, welcome back in Holland, for me the count down starts too tonguetongue
Ginnie Hart: This tree has seen so very much, Astrid, in all kinds of weather, I'm very sure of it. I bet it has heard myriad whispers of love and longing over the years. No wonder Ray has called it the Tree Whisperer! Thank you for the kind welcome back to your country, my second home. I can hardly wait for another SC meet-up next week! smile
It makes think of a parasol though the situation is very different ! smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Flo. Thanks. smile
  • rags
  • United States
  • 11 Jan 2008, 05:41
such beauty!
Ginnie Hart: It really is a beautiful place, yes, Kanyi! Thanks.
  • Ferdi
  • South Africa
  • 11 Jan 2008, 06:42
Briliantly composed Ginnie ! Love it !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ferdi. You're a sweetheart.
beauté et grâce dans cette photo superbe
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, O-P: beauty and grace. Thank you.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Jan 2008, 07:09
Wonderful- a poem of pic! White roundabout, and the white of the birch matches to the white of the snow and the white of the sky- a picture of an absolute harmony- for me, and I'am only standing and looking, astonished about such a beauty! I like the fine crossing of different lines in the composition and perspective of the photo, too!
Ginnie Hart: White, White everywhere, Philine. Harmony. I like that! smile Thank you.
I love the lean on the tree it is definately saying something. A very tranquil shot well done.
Ginnie Hart: It's full of tranquility for me as well, Shakara. Thank you.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Jan 2008, 07:58
This is lovely Ginnie. I think the composition with the tree on the diagonal is very strong.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ingrid!
Looks like a great place to do some cross country skiing smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh, I would like that, Magnus. I used to have x-country skis when we lived in Madison, Wisconsin, years ago, but no longer, I'm afraid.
I like birch trees too Ginnie.
Nice diagonal of the tree being at an angle of 90° with the lake line in the middle of the picture. I know, I am a very goemetrical person...
Very nice B&W shot
Ginnie Hart: HA! All of us geometric geeks on SC! smile I love it. Thanks.
I had a discussion with Louis this week about birch trees so I hope he stops by. Lovely shot!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. I would have loved to hear that conversation, Mary. smile Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 11 Jan 2008, 10:20
Very nice in b&w. The simplicity is lovely.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, sister!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Jan 2008, 10:55
Robert Frost, Birches
Robert Frost, Birches
WHEN I see birches bend to left and right
Across the line of straighter darker trees,
I like to think some boy's been swinging them.
But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay.
Ice-storms do that. Often you must have seen them
Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning
After a rain. They click upon themselves
As the breeze rises, and turn many-colored
As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel.
Soon the sun's warmth makes them shed crystal shells
Shattering and avalanching on the snow-crust—
Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away
You'd think the inner dome of heaven had fallen.

(this poem would matches quite more the winterwonderland-pics of the Dutch members from SC!)
Ginnie Hart: Like Mary has a song for everything, I think YOU, Philine, could find a poem for everything! smile Thank you for that wonderful effort you put into your comments.
A nice winter shot Ginnie. Hope you has a good trip.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bernie, and yes, I did. smile It's always good to be back in my second home!
  • alex
  • Idaho
  • 11 Jan 2008, 13:39
Birch trees are rather nice, aren't they ginnie? Unfortunately, it's difficult to get them to thrive here in Idaho...we used to have a couple at my parents' house, and they always got beetles and died. sad this one looks quite content!
Ginnie Hart: I like the thought that this tree is content because I totally agree with you, Alex. Thank you.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Jan 2008, 14:20
Dag meid, hoe zit't daar in Mokum?

This is an excellent picture and going straight to my likeys.
Ginnie Hart: I'm not THAT good at Dutch yet, Louis!!! smile

But I sure understand English and am honored. Thank you.
Not sure how you consistently deliver great images, but I will sit back and enjoy the ride. Kudos.
Ginnie Hart: You're such a sweetie pie, ChiChi. Thank you.
  • Ann
  • Sucé sur Erdre - France
  • 11 Jan 2008, 15:06
Just magic !!! It could have been sand instead of snow ... Very poetic shot !!!
Ginnie Hart: That's what someone else said, Ann. Thank you kindly.
lovely monochrome shot!
i like the solitude feel to it
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Kairospix!
Nice and graphic.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Appropriate title. Like how you composed this single tree with the background. Great image.
Ginnie Hart: I always appreciate it when you stop by, John. Thank you kindly.
  • Reza
  • Canada
  • 11 Jan 2008, 16:06
Very strong composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you very much, Reza.
Ooh! Lovely! I love birch trees too. This is another photograph making me long for snow.

I remember when I staying in Minnesota, there was an exhibition of Bev Doolittle`s work. At the far end of the gallery was a life sized version of this painting:


It was breathtaking. I could imagine it would appeal to you too. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh, thank you, Roz, for that link! That is one of my most favorite art pieces in the world. I just love it and never tire of looking at it. Thank you, thank you!
  • blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Jan 2008, 18:02
The lonely birch, one of my favourites too. I had a spell of photographing close ups of the bark unravelling! The dark bush on the right makes all the difference to the shot, looks like he is crowding the poor birch making him lean away ;o)
Ginnie Hart: Yup. That bush/tree on the right is the beginning of the state woods, Mike, and everything is crowded from that point on. I see so many of us love birches!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 11 Jan 2008, 19:58
Lovely capture Ginnie that lends itself beautifully to B&W. And of course I love all that white stuff.
Ginnie Hart: I bet you do, Aussie, now that you're into your summertime. Thank you.
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight (UK)
  • 11 Jan 2008, 22:44
Winter wonderland smile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Chris. Thanks.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Jan 2008, 22:59
Crikey, is that really the lake in the background? Is the ice safe to stand one?

Gorgeous scene Ginnie, I like silver birch trees too, and thank goodness they'll grow in our garden
Ginnie Hart: No, the lake was not safe to stand on, Ellie--not frozen enough except to hold the little snow. But I have many memories of skating and walking around on it, especially at night. It looks like lots of us love birch trees. smile
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • 11 Jan 2008, 23:00
Birch trees are a symbol of Russia, Ginnie. Looking at them always makes me home sick.
Ginnie Hart: I didn't know that about Russia, Viktor. Glad I reminded you of home! Thanks.
As you may have guessed I like simple landscapes. This presses all the right buttons for me Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank for saying so, Bill. That means a lot.
Hi Ginnie. Greetings from warm Singapore. Your shots make me miss the snow. Though I'm sure I'd be complaining about the cold if I were at your place.
Ginnie Hart: You're in Singapore?? Lucky you! I'm quite sure you've had your day in the snow, Duane, and know what it's like. The nice thing about living in Atlanta half the year is that we don't have to deal with as much of the cold. The bad thing is that we rarely get snow, which I do miss. Thanks for stopping by! That means a lot.
  • Nigel Clack
  • a puddle in Gloucester
  • 13 Jan 2008, 10:33
Very nice tones, I love these trees too.
Ginnie Hart: It looks like a lot of us are partial to birches, Nigel! Thanks for stopping by.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 13 Jan 2008, 13:59
Your own private shelter for so many memories...what more can we ask of a tree?! And because she's your favourite she leans and she leans trying to hear your footsteps on the path (yes...trees are able to miss someone smile)
Ginnie Hart: You know how to capture my heart, Lina. Thank you.
I like much this composition but she had preferred one more a taking towards the left, to avoid the dark spot of arbol of the right. The glance goes away for there! Oppsss! wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! I like your imagination, José-Angel. smile
  • Aksel
  • Norway
  • 16 Jan 2008, 15:00
I like how you let the birch grow out of the pic, very nice composition imho
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Aksel. Thank you.
Nice winter shot and clever choice of B&W Ginnie !!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Zeb!

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