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The Watcher


Looking up through the most massive and ancient Southern Live Oak tree I’ve seen yet this lifetime, this is “Mags,” who has resided in what is now Lichgate in Tallahassee, Florida. I cannot even describe just how large Mag’s trunk is, perhaps large enough to encompass 20 people? Maybe more? This is a view looking up just one of her branches. I look at this picture and see her head leaning back and arms outstretched as she stands tall, watching over all that occurs in her domain.

Lichgate once belonged to Dr. Laura Pauline Jepsen, a Florida State University English Professor for more than 30 years. She sought out a location to build her dream home, an English Tudor cottage, and it was this tree that led her to build at this location. What an inspiring quote from Dr. Jepsen herself:

It was a tree to inspire poets.” 

Thanks to Laura Jepsen, through her donation of Lichgate, many generations of Tallahassee residents and visitors have enjoyed this piece of heaven on Earth, tucked away, and just waiting to be discovered by the next lucky person. The minute I saw one of her huge branches, I gasped in awe. Mags is truly one heck of a tree.

And I do love trees. 🙂

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Signs of Life


It’s that time of year here in sunny Florida where fall and spring somehow overlap and sometimes summer sneaks in for a day or two. This year the plants, trees, flowers, and wildflowers (aka “weeds”) all started blooming very early because Mother Nature just couldn’t make up her mind. One day fall, next day there’s yellow stuff (aka “nasty pollen”) everywhere, and by everywhere, that’s exactly what I mean. It falls so quickly that if you’re outside for more than 15 minutes, you’re coated with that yellow stuff too. And most likely, a sinus infection.

But such is life, an ever-changing, unpredictable, beautiful yet sometimes painful, life.

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Bared Branches, Twisted Souls


Sometimes life isn’t what you expected, sometimes you feel like a tree with vines suffocating you with its bared branches, revealing your twisted soul.

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Nature’s Art

trees sky

This tree always intrigues me and I have quite a collection of iPhone photos from my daily walks. Fortunately, I had my camera with me the other evening. That sky behind the tree is nature’s art.

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Macro Monday | 02-16-15


One of those “artsy-fartsy” shots I discovered while trekking some woods in Wakulla Springs State Park, Florida. 🙂

To see other Macro Monday entries, click here.

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Wordless Wednesday | 02-04-15


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A Word a Week Photograph Challenge – Inside


Inside the branches, Mother Nature says goodnight with the brush of her palette.

To see other interpretations of Inside, check out Sue’s blog here.

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Another Tweeter


(Two images) I don’t know the name of this bird, but he/she sure did have a beautiful call. Actually, lots of calls and clucks. Very interesting to listen to!

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Tree Bird


(Two images)