52 Weeks Of Donna's Life

Donna's Photo Challenge

21. It Happens Over Time

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0Y3B0900Dead Tree

A once green and leafy Live Oak now lays on a dune on Cumberland Island, Georgia. It had stood, rooted in its sunny, sandy soil lending stability to the dune and the plants and animals living around it. After many years of withstanding the ocean’s salt-laden breezes — and winds — the tree succumbed. Though not showing signs of being attacked by insects, perhaps it was weakened by some sort of bug or disease. Any trace of leaves has long since been erased while most of its minor limbs and branches have been blown or broken off. Now, still partially rooted in the dune, it shows the bleaching effects of Georgia’s intense sun and the smoothing result of sand being driven by the ocean breezes and winds. Some bits of bark remain on the trunk of the tree but it lies there deteriorating as nature causes further demise and it will eventually become part of the surrounding earth.

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Author: donnagf1

An enthusiastic amateur photographer, I enjoy picturing the events, people, animals and things in my life. And so joining in the "52 Week Challenge" of interpreting life through a lens sounds as if it will be a lot of fun -- presenting my view through the lens and seeing how others in our photography group interpret their views concerning a given subject.

12 thoughts on “21. It Happens Over Time

  1. Beautifully written and beautiful shot!

  2. Great capture!

  3. Great description – there are a lot of limbs on that tree! This is a great photo.

  4. The tree almost looks like it is turned upside down to me. Nice shot and story.

    • Thank you — Come to think of it — somewhere I heard that some trees (like the oak) have as large a root system as the branch and leaf canopy so it really does look as though it is upside down.

  5. Well written. A dead tree like that can become so artistic at mother nature’s hands.

  6. You are so right — Mother Nature is a true artist!

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