To join in the fun of squares this month, create your square post and include a pingback to any of my daily square posts in July. Don’t forget to use the theme’s tag – TreeSquare, and I’d love it if you left a comment.Becky B.
In this month’s square’s challenge I will start at home and spiral farther and farther from our home in Prescott, AZ to share different tree species in my travels. All of these posts will work for both Becky B’s Squares and Cee’s Flower of the Day, #FOTD. In addition, I want to introduce you to Mama Cormier, if you don’t already know her. She hosts Thursday Trios.
Apples That Aren’t Crabs
I’ve told you my crab apple tree story. Right? I was three and very crabby. I caught the neighbor boys “stealing crab apples” off MY tree. I screamed and brought mom and the neighbors running to see what those horrible boys had done to the precious little toddler. You all realize that Grandma needed every one of those crab apples to make jelly and I was the crab apple monitor.
Fast forward a few decades, and now I’m like the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. I’m trying to do a post about somewhere else, but it’s a struggle to get out of Arizona once you’ve been here. There is so much to see.
A few years ago Vince and I happened onto this wonderful historical apple farm in Slide Rock State Park. It was a paradise. You go and you’ll never want to leave. I found this picture in my archives, and guess how many people I snapped at – right, THREE! A trio for Mama Cormier at the Apple Farm. It’s also square, so it works for Becky’s #TreeSquare today.
“The Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic apple farm planted in 1912 located in Oak Creek Canyon.” .https://azstateparks.com/slide-rock/explore/apple-orchard
Ubiquitous Oak Trees in the San Joaquin Valley
This next picture of Bob’s Barn came from my Elderwood, California archives taken in December, 2014. The trio of vintage oaks begged me not to crop them, even for Becky’s Squares. The colors, especially the sky were drab. It probably was a drab day anyway.
Cee and I worked on this photo today in Bridge. I had already tried working with it, but let me show you the metamorphosis this trio of oaks endured.
After I worked on it on my own, I thought it was a little dark and dreary, and maybe I even liked the original picture better. I wanted a better sky, but sacrificed too much to get it.
The third picture added in some clarity and vivid colors as well as having some blue sky on the left. The trees look good and the barn is brown. The grass seems a little fake to me, but grass in December is vivid green if there has been any rain. I worried about the green walls in the barn until I realized those were holes in the barn exposing the beautiful green foothills.
The final picture retained some of the native charm of the first photo but made the color of the trees the color they probably were at that time of the year. Which picture do you like best?
A Tiger Oak Hall Tree for Becky B
My husband is the decorator in our family and he found this antique hall tree. He coyly took me to the antique store to approve it, and I didn’t like it. I could visualize it collecting coats and dust and generally looking messy in my hallway.
What he didn’t tell me was that he had already put it on lay-away. I found the lay away receipt cleaning his drawers. He had a lot of ‘splaining to do.
You realize it rains at least 10 inches each year in Elderwood, CA unless there’s a drought. It did collect a ton of dust, and always had way too many coats on it and was the first thing seen when anyone walked in the front door. But people loved and admired the beautiful wood and the unique piece of art that it was.
We brought it with us to Prescott, and have no place in our home for it. If anyone would love a beautiful hall tree, let me know.
Looking Backwards and Forwards
Did you miss Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays yesterday a new topic of Exploration? Thanks again to Terri Webster Schrandt for hosting last week. Catch her on Sunday Stills each week.
I’m so excited to announce that Cathy Cade will be hosting her friend Wendy Fletcher for August Story Chat. Wendy Fletcher is the leader of Cathy’s u3a writing group. For more information about Story Chat and how you can contribute, see my Story Chat page. Don’t forget that Gary A. Wilson’s story, “Sometimes a Miracle” is still open for comments.
The Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) is already coming up on our fifth post right here on my blog at 9:00 am tomorrow. I can’t believe it’s been over a month! Thank you all for your many interesting responses. It’s been fun to travel all over the world through your posts. Please post on Cee’s blog until Friday.