Sunday, November 22, 2009

Olive tree against a stone wall

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This was really more of an olive trunk, rather than a whole tree. In fact, I'm not sure it was still growing at all. If I remember correctly it was now just a decorative piece in the garden, a semi-living sculpture if you will. To me this one looks like a figure with its arms upstretched.
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November 22nd. Still hanging in there with NaBloPoMo.
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33 comments:

Kilauea Poetry said...

It sure does! Wow..I like this Robin..it's great in mono against the stone. I wonder how tall they get? By the looks of this, I bet they get pretty big.

Robin said...

They actually get more wide and twisted looking than tall. I'll be posting an example of a really huge one later this week (probably for WW).

Dina said...

"Semi-living sculpture"--that's nice.
Olive wood always seems alive, even when it is physically dead.

Anne said...

Like it a lot Robin :-)

Aileni said...

I feel that tree is saying - 'Nothing like a good stretch'.

ElinS said...

It sure looks like a figure! Facinating picture :)

Bengbeng said...

Semi-living sculpture-> i like the way u described this

uncleawang said...

That is very striking.Beautiful !!.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I love it. I could spend hours looking at it, but there's also this strange compulsion to touch it, maybe even hug it. Weird...

Icy BC said...

It's so beautiful in black and white!

moneythoughts said...

I thought olives came from a jar. I guess you learn something every day. Nice shot, but I would like to see it in its natural colors too.

@nemonen said...

Very nice shot. Love it!

BJ Roan said...

I think you're right about the arms. Nice contrast between the rough, crooked tree and the straight lines of the wall.

RuneE said...

One of the most versatile trees there are. I even drink a bit of it each morning.

John`s Photography said...

Very nice shot!

Sylvia said...

Olive trees have a very strong character. This one looks like a human body!

michael bird said...

Reminds me of the ents, those creatures from Tolkien's imaginative world. Did the one pictured share any of its wisdom with you?

Vita Stunder said...

Love it Robin!

Dimple said...

I have never looked closely at an olive trunk before, thanks for posting this!

Carver said...

Great shot. Their is something very appealing about the tree against the wall. Maybe it's the mix of textures and lines.

Irene said...

Nice image! The tree is like a sculpture against the wall!

kaye said...

Now there is a picture that says "Jerusalem" without any words. I absolutely love it. It is symbolic of so many things. Thanks for sharing it.

awarewriter said...

You really got the tones and textures on this one. Looks like a toned platinum print.

Paula said...

Hi Robin! I love knowing that's it's an old olive tree, live or not. It's very iconic from a western point of view.

Elisabeth said...

Very nice...good capture...i like it a lot.

Mojo said...

Whatever you call it, I call it awesome! totally digging this.

Mama Zen said...

I see a figure, too. Very cool!

bermudabluez said...

Beautiful picture!!! And yes...I see the figure too!

Calico Crazy said...

Fabulous photo! I loved your description too. The tree, living or not, has such character. ~ Calico Contemplations

Quasi Serendipita said...

This is beautiful. (And I can see the figure as well!)

Daryl said...

Lovely .. looks as if 'he' woke from a long sleep and needs a stretch

Rivster said...

Gorgeous shot. I love the juxtaposition of the knotted trunk against the stones.

anymommy said...

I just love your pictures. Every time. This is one of my favorites.