Friday, April 27, 2012

Linked 52 - Trees

I'm thinking that there are going to be some fabulous photos of beautiful trees from all the other ladies.

I've realized I am not a photographer, I just take photos for fun, which is okay with me. For this weeks word, I was looking around my yard and noticed that we have some sorry looking trees, oddly shaped, tilted, dead branches, so I decided to go with the odd, strange, non-perfect trees and find some damage to photograph.
Almost a year ago, we had a pretty nasty tornado rip though the area near me and even though some of the trees have been down, cut up in chunks, split and chipped, there are still a bunch of trees that are down, leaning, broken, and split that have been left to Mother Nature.
I took a little drive and photographed some of this left over damage. These are near Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden.

These following few are from shortly after the tornado, further north along the Mississippi River.
(I love this artwork someone left on one of the huge stumps)

You can just make out an island below, that used to be a Heron Rookery. The island was full of trees that were full of huge Heron nests that were full of baby Herons and their moms. Dads could be seen flying around looking for their families that were no longer there. It was so sad.

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Jenn said...

Wow, those are powerful. We live in a tornado-free area and I see those stories on the news but then the story ends and I don't realize what's left behind.

Anonymous said...

We don't have tornadoes here and to see the damage is breathtaking. I can't imagine living through storms like that. Yikes.

Heather M. said...

oh wow, i can't imagine the devastation. beautiful photos. thanks for sharing.

Naomi said...

Nice captures! Tornadoes terrify me...and you mentioned the Eloise Butler garden. I really want to go there some day, I have not been there yet!

Amanda said...

But are ARE a photographer!! If you're making pictures, you are a photographer. :) I have struggled with this in the past too but I feel like I'm finally moving past it. I, too, make photos "just for fun" and for me, that's enough. :)
Tornadoes scare the daylights outta me. The past few summers we have had some wicked weather, haven't we? Hoping maybe this summer will be less eventful. :)

Andrea said...

That third photo is breathtaking with the light streaming in through the trees. Gorgeous!
These are powerful photos. They show just how strong mother nature can be. The one with all of the roots showing would be the one I'd probably spend all of my time investigating.
You ARE a photographer! Yes indeed! You enjoy taking pictures of things you love - then to me you are a photographer! :)

Rhonda said...

We lived in Nova Scotia when there was a big hurricane. The first of my life (and probably only) and I was amazed at the damage that could happen so quickly!!! Great shots!
(And you ARE a photographer if you take shots... which you do :)

Jessica said...

Nature is so powerful and beautiful and horrible. Thanks for sharing these.

stacey said...

I really hope this summer is less eventful! We had a tornado pass through just a few blocks from us last summer. Scary!!

You must live near North Mpls? Is this where this was from last summer?

Love the sun flare you caught in some of these. And LOVE that tree stump art work!

Jean said...

Oh wow! My brother went out that day to look at the damage, too!

It is so strange when it hits the city like that! So strange.

I've witnessed a small tornado, but was a good mile away :) It is something beautiful to witness though harmful to things & ppl around us.

Carla said...

I was not far from the tornado that day. The devastation was amazing. I had to google Eloise Butler garden. I probably live 10 minutes from it but have never heard of it. I had a family from my work that had the front of their house ripped off in the tornado last year. These photos bring back many memories. I'm crossing my fingers for a less eventful spring/summer this year.