lone oak tree

ElDoradoSierra foothills…. ~1974

Do you know that even when you look at a tree and say, `That is an oak tree’, or `that is a banyan tree’, the naming of the tree, which is botanical knowledge, has so conditioned your mind that the word comes between you and actually seeing the tree? To come in contact with the tree you have to put your hand on it and the word will not help you to touch it. 
― Jiddu KrishnamurtiFreedom from the Known


41 thoughts on “lone oak tree

    • I am so very glad you enjoyed it! It’s been one of my favorites for a long, long time, but time hadn’t been kind to it. Luckily some new software helped to restore it pretty much. I love the thought of elf hats from acorns! 🙂


    • Hmmm… might have been one for the ‘lead in lines’, but I seem to have quite a few of those since that particular concept seems to come rather naturally to me.


  1. I really like those words, Gunta. Sometimes I feel lacking when I can’t name some beautiful flower or tree when I’m out hiking…but then I think that it doesn’t matter, because with the naming and the label comes an expectation of what it should and shouldn’t be…and that just messes everything up. Touching and smelling and seeing are so much richer than a name. Well done, my friend….and I really like your image of that lone tree, too. 🙂


    • Thank you ever so much, Scott. I had thought this image from way, way back had been lost beyond redemption. The negative had faded and the scanning wasn’t the greatest, but then along came the magic software and one of my favorites has been resurrected once more! 😀


  2. This looks like such a serene photo, but a bit melancholy for me as well. Perhaps it is because we do not care for these magnificent wonders of nature as we should.


    • For me the melancholy comes from not seeing these trees as often as I did when living in the Sierras. I’ve also picked up hints that these trees are not doing as well as they should from uncertain causes.


  3. The oak tree…and somehow the green, green grass of home comes in mind… A fusion of emotions when I am looking at the photo – powerful, yet lonely, majestic, yet mystical and with a tinge of sadness. Somehow. Skaisti, Gunta.


    • Something inexplicable draws me (and apparently others) to these solitary trees. I particularly love the intricate lacework of the oaks when they’re bare of leaves. I’ve heard bits that these mighty oaks are being struck down by some mysterious force lately. Truly sad and a great loss.


  4. What is it about a lone tree that’s so inspiring? Dreamy photo! And hey, thanks for the shout out on your post regarding Hanging Lake. I’ve been having internet troubles. We were actually scheduled to go to Hanging Lake when we were in Glenwood Springs, but hubby is still not ready to hike due to a moving injury. Next year for sure. My sister-in-law had brought it to our attention about a month ago and I’ve heard you can still hike behind the falls. This location is high on our next summer list 🙂 Love your old photos!


    • I can’t answer your question about the lone tree, but I agree. Glad to do the shout out. I’m hoping to see some updated shots of Hanging Lake. That one obviously stood out in my memories from times past, long ago… 😉


  5. I am a tree hugger. Yesterday on my bike ride I stopped and asked total strangers why they had cut down their magnificent oak tree..I was so sad. I have many pictures of this particular tree. They were not particularly interactive…smiles.

    This is a $#%^@&*&$# awesome photograph !


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