Thursday, July 26, 2007

"Song of the Open Road"

I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree;

Indeed, unless the billboards fall
I'll never see a tree at all.

– Ogden Nash, (1902 - 1971)


Menzo said...

My wife and I have differing opinions about what makes a beautiful tree. I prefer the large symetrical trees such as the Statesville tree that have the opportunity to express their full "treeness". My wife, in contrast, likes the tortured tree that has a story to tell of living through some things. She likes the lopsided oaks that stand in the middle of a pasture having clearly sustained a few lighting strikes and provided some meager shade to some desultry herd of cows. How do you stand on this issue?

Karen said...

Oh! Beauty can be found in so many places. I simply love trees with personality, and I think they can be found in both categories. I do tend to be very intrigued by the melancholy, lonely old trees that have a tale to tell, but I am equally enamoured with the whimsical, the peaceful, or the playful tree. I like creepy trees and gentle funny ones. I think there is something prideful and almost hilarious in the large, full Statesville tree. Upon looking at a tree in it's surroundings I like to get very close and see the detail in it's leaves, pods, or bark. What I don't like are the perfectly ordinary trees that do not set themselves apart in any way. But I like to give each tree a closer look, and the boring ones are actually quite hard to find.