Apr 07, 2009

by English Muse

…It’s amazing what a viewfinder can do. It wasn’t until I got my Polariod and began pointing at everything in sight did I appreciate the marvelous architecture of trees…


…Spare, bare branches through the winter… Boughs heavy with fruit and leaves in spring…


…Cypress trees are like those wonderful Egyptian obelisks: Essays in vertical elegance…


…On Polaroid a weeping willow is even more like a poem than it is in person…


…Who knew that all this loveliness was on the other side of the viewfinder…It’s all a matter of viewpoint…


…From my point of view.

PS: My “Trees” set on flickr.


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39 Responses to “The Architecture of Trees”

  1. Miranda says:

    What a lovely and poetic blending of image and text.

  2. Tina Tarnoff says:

    I love the way you look at the world. You are endlessly inspirational.

  3. giulia says:

    Bella, Tina.

    Took quick walk this afternoon to see/count different trees/flowers/etc. about to bloom. Up in a pine there were elongated shapes…for a moment I thought: why are there bats hanging from that tree? No, just lots of bunches of longish pine cones that hung on through lots of wind. Protected tree, perhaps that's why. I'd never seen so many like that before. When I think of it now, I would describe them as banana bunches, not bats. Goodness. More like: Bats. In. My. Belfry.

    ciao & I wish for 9 hours of sleep & will be happy for 5. xo

  4. erinislame says:

    I always love it when you post pictures. They’re always beautiful.

  5. Brian Miller says:

    love the first pic. great descriptors through out…vertical elegance. you are right though, it is all a matter of point of view…in so much of life.

  6. Jill of All Trades says:

    Very cool.

  7. Char says:

    I have always loved “looking up” shots and you have some gorgeous ones here. Thank you for sharing your view of the world.

  8. The Cottage Cheese says:

    May I come live with you? The world through your eyes and words is so beautiful.

  9. Tina says:

    Yes of course ms. cottage cheese! we’ll go thrift store shopping everyday and have tea at the huntington!

  10. Absolutely Not Martha says:

    so beautiful.

  11. Sanctum's Muse says:

    Beautiful! I, too, enjoy the wonder of trees. If you’re interested, I have a slideshow of nature photos I took in Japan on my blog, Penitus Templum. Feel free to look at them.

  12. Tina says:

    thank you!! will visit your blog!

  13. Rebecca says:

    ohhhhh…how i love trees…

  14. Clare says:

    Trees, Trees, glorious Trees. Lovely photos, thanks for letting me escape

  15. B-duB says:

    hey, i took pictures of trees earlier today, too, just outside of my apartment. i’ll put them up soon; let’s compare trees 🙂

  16. Tina says:

    hah! yes, we must compare trees!!

  17. Mag says:


    I like your photo…colorful…made me calm!!

  18. Miss Eve says:

    So true…I love taking pictures about nature…it’s just perfection.

  19. inkstainedwretch says:

    I could not outdo Tina T’s comment: you ARE endlessly inspirational.

  20. Mary says:

    I love your pictures Tina. I also enjoy photos of trees, there is just something about them that I love to photograph and enjoy looking at.

  21. Darrah says:

    I have thought the very same things while laying under a tree and looking up through it’s branches.

  22. N says:

    You know,Polaroid photographing is still a habit of trained designers to get an immediate impression, the only drawback is that the photos need protected from direct sun light as they are not very colourfast.


  23. Charlie says:

    I have always loved laying on the grass and just staring up at the trees. The way they move in the wind hypnotizes me. (I want my polaroid back,the quality of the photos is very soothing)

  24. kle says:

    I love this line: …On Polaroid a weeping willow is even more like a poem than it is in person…. So true.

  25. faustyna says:

    I love your blog! Whenever I just feel the urge to look at beautiful things and think beautiful thoughts, you’re there. Thank you!

    Love from Paris.

  26. Mary says:

    This makes me feel like I’m lying in the grass on a picnic blanket looking up at the gorgeous sky and beautiful trees!

  27. Kelly says:

    oh i love trees! i have a ridiculous obsession with them, and you captured them so beautifully!

    ps. thanks for visiting my site! 🙂

  28. SoFine09 says:

    Those pictures of trees are really pretty!

  29. Becca says:

    I love your Polaroids! They give a wonderful perspective on so many things! You have a great eye!

  30. thesixkents says:

    I wonder if I could get away with designing a house that twisted and turned like a tree!

    Oh, wait – I’ve tried… It looked fantastic (to me!), but probably would cost an absolute fortune to build – and heat!

  31. Mary says:

    Tina, I’ve awarded your the Lemonade work because these trees make me happy! Check out my blog!

  32. sleeping poet says:

    Fantastic photos. I think of trees as the bones of nature…

  33. Joane says:

    Hi. I really liked your writing. Have you ever been in a forest watching the sunlight pass through the trees? It is lovely, if you haven’t, you should do it one day.
    It is refreshing and it clears your mind.

  34. erin says:

    the architecture of trees. i like it.

  35. Jess says:

    I find trees to be so magical– when you stop to consider all they must have seen, how much history a tree holds– maybe the saying shouldn’t be “if these walls could talk” but “if these trees could talk!” Trees are pretty amazing when you stop to think about it 🙂

  36. Ms. Match says:

    Hey, I like yur pictures of te trees. I usd o take pictures of trees as well, but forgotten about it. Thank you for reminding me how nice they can be 🙂
    PS: it woud be lovely if you’d like to exchange links with me. Mine is http://stylebubble.typepad.com/

  37. abby jenkins says:

    Just came back from my first trip to Paris, wishing I had taken more photos of the lovely allees…. j’adore trees….consider me an arborphile!

  38. Tina says:

    I love that!! Arborphile!!

  39. Asianstunner2006 says:

    simply beautiful

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