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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Nature's Beauty...

Sometimes, the prettiest photos are about nature at its finest. Not in a garden planted by anyone, but just out in nature.

So today, I am posting pictures of things just in nature that anyone going for a hike in the woods might find.

First, remember when I photographed the apple blossoms? Well, look at the little apples growing there now!:

Here is a closeup of the apples growing:

Here is a spider web in the sun:

Another view of the spider web in the sun:

We went for a walk down a wooded path, and here was a nature's work of art.
A tree FULL of bunions:

Here they are a little closer:

Many wood artists like to find these bunions on cut trees because they make beautiful wooden bowls.

Look at this one close up! It is HUGE!!!:
(What a great place for a bird to hide!)

Then, we saw Thimbleberry blossoms. Do any of you make Thimbleberry Jam???

And, of course, I found another huge tree mushroom. I always love finding them.

I hope you take every opportunity to look closely at everyday, ordinary things. You will find beauty in every corner.


L. D. Burgus said...

Your apples look great. It is fun to watch them develop. I have never heard of thimbleberries. I will look that up on the net. What strange tree development there. Have a great weekend.

The Retired One said...

L.D.: Thanks...have a great weekend too!

rainfield61 said...

What a bunion!! Never come across before, may need more attention in the jungle!! Can't wait to taste your apples.

SquirrelQueen said...

What a great series of photos, and some really great finds. I love that tree it truly is a work of art.

I have never heard of thimbleberries either, I will google them to see what they look like. The blossom is beautiful.

Have a great weekend,

grannyann said...

I have never seen a tree with bunions. How unusual. I would think the guys who carve with chain saws would also love those. Make a neat person from the back side...ha ha.
Have a great weekend.

blushing rose said...

I've seen some trees but that is awesome ... beautiful shots. TTFN ~ Marydon

Annette said...

I enjoyed your nature photos! The tree full of bunions is pretty cool. I wonder why trees form them. Interesting. I also enjoyed the spiderweb catching sunlight. I enjoyed my visit! Thanks!

The Retired One said...

Rainfield: I would be interested to see if your tropical forest trees get bunions! Make sure and take a photo if you see one for me!

SquirrelQueen: I didn't realize so many of you wouldn't know what a thimbleberry was...I will have to go out and take photos of the fruit when it ripens so you can see them.

Grannyann: I thought the big one looked like a butt too! ha

Blushing: Thanks! I love the trees with mushrooms or bunions~!

Anonymous said...

That tree is definitely a work of art! Thanks for always stopping by my blog and leaving such positive kind words. It is always appreciated!!

Wanda said...

I have seen a few trees with bunions, but never anything that extreme...and I have never heard of thimbleberries either...

DJan said...

We never called them "bunions" but "burls" which usually make awesome woodcuts when the tree needs to be cut down. I just used my new camera to take some pictures and put them into a new post! It's not quite as good as these, but I am pleased!!!

Bernie said...

Joan not only do I find beauty during my walks but I find beauty in every picture you share with us. Your special gift of photography is a gain to all of us.
I tell everyone about your blog as I absolutely love it.....Have a wonderful July 4th my friend.
........:-) Hugs

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

That tree is very unusual! I don't think I've seen anything like that before. I've never heard of thimbleberries, it sure has a pretty flower.

Tatyana said...

The hole on that huge bunion reminds me a belly button. I think it's that case when different people look at the same object and see absolutely different things.
Wonderful images!

Sue said...

Such wonderful pictures! It's amazing what is out there if we just slow down enough to see it all!!

Loree said...

I really love the photo of the spider web. It's gorgeous.

Ratty said...

The pictures you have are exactly what somebody going for a hike in the woods might find. I took some very similar ones yesterday. Some of the apple trees where I go are at exactly the same stage. Good stuff.

Cathy Clementz said...

Love the shots, especially the spider webs,minus the spiders!

When you get a second, email me. since having that work done on my laptop, I've lost some email addresses and don't seem to have yours pop up!

This DVM's Wife's Life said...

What great finds! I love the tree "bunions"!

The Retired One said...

Annette: Glad you liked them! I love finding things on walks like these, it is like a treasure hunt. ha

NCgirl: you are most welcome..I always enjoy the blogs I read and love to comment back and forth!

Wanda: I am so surprised over the number of people who haven't heard of thimbleberries! Up here, several people make jam out of them!

DJan: I will come over to your post to see your pictures later today! You are correct, the official name for the tree outgrowths are called burls...and artists here make gorgeous bowls out of them too. Can you imagine the size bowl the biggest burl would make on this tree?

Bernie: You are such a sweetheart! I need to hire you for my "agent"...I love reading about your day too.

Gardener: I am surprised that many folks said they hadn't heard of thimbleberries...the flower of course is much smaller than it appears in my picture, but they are pretty.

Tatyana: It DOES look like a belly button, you are so funny!

Sue: It helps to have a zoom lens too. It forces you to look at the details that your eyes miss when you are out there just hiking. Now I look much more closely for texture and odd shapes because I know they are beautiful up close and personal.

Loree: I really like to photograph them too. I looked for the spider, but it was no where in sight!

Ratty: Two great minds think alike. ha I love finding treasures on hikes to photograph, like you do sure have been lucky with the birds lately!

Cathy: (and anyone else interested), my email is:
I am glad you got your new laptop!

DVM's Wife: Thanks, I really like tree bunions (burls) and tree mushrooms too.

Joanna Jenkins said...

You have a GREAT eye! LOVE the cobwebs!
Happy July 4th!

A New England Life said...

How true, it's the simple things we need to take delight in. I think photography helps you to see that.

Happy 4th of July, Joan!


The Retired One said...

Joanna: thanks so much! I really liked how the cobwebs looked in the sun and was glad my camera could capture them. Hope you have a nice Independence Day too!

New England: That's for sure!
Happy 4th to you, too Sharon!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog about yhe nature walk. I grew up in a very samll comunity it was at he bottom of three large hills, it always reminded me of Hedi in Switzerland. I spent a lot of time roaming the hills looking for wild flowers or just looking Ialways fantasized that when I'd get to the top of the mountain there would be a family living there that no knew about or even a little village,yet to this day I look at the mountains [that we are so blessed with] and wonder what is on the other side. I don't know what could be wonderful than roamong our beautiful hill.


Susanne49 said...

Thank you so much to show us all the "little things" in life, on our paths to go - even they are huge! :) I loved that tree!

Thanks also for visiting my blog and for all the comments.

Sue's Daily Photography

a mouthy irish woman? ridiculous! said...

spiderweb is my favorite. i took a photo safari myself this morning and was kissed by several spiderwebs. :)

The Retired One said...

Pat: I went through West Virginia in February..I loved the mountains. If I grew up there, I would've had the same wondering as you did as to what was on the other side of the mountain. You have some very picturesque scenery is beautiful in your mountains.

Susanne: You are more than welcome. I ALWAYS love your photos...from the nature ones to the buildings. I am so glad you are sharing your travels with us!

Mouthy: I know! There seems to be an abundance of spider webs this year...I have more photos I will be posting sometime soon where the tree seeds blew into the flowers and the flowers are all tangled up in them...they look like spider webs, very interesting!

Around My Kitchen Table said...

What stunning photographs. It's so glorious here in Devon at the moment that I wish I had your talent. I'm more of a "point in the general direction of subject and press botton" type of photographer. Sometimes works, often doesn't!

The Retired One said...

Around: Thanks SO much! You are new to my blog, too! Please join on as a Follower!`
I will stop by your blog today too.

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

So true! Beauty is everywhere. Take time and we'll see. Thanks for the lovely pics.

The Retired One said...

Keats: Thanks! I am glad you stopped by to look at them!!

Merisi said...

I had to google for thimbleberries, I did not know about them. I found some very interesting facts at Wikipedia (
"Unlike most other members of the genus, it has no thorns" - "wild thimbleberries make an excellent jam which is sold as a local delicacy in some parts of their range, notably in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan").

I imagine that the jam tastes similar to one made with wild raspberries. Wished they'd come without thorns! ;-)

I did not know about tree bunions being turned into wooden bowls. Now I understand where the intricate patterns on some of these beautiful bowls come from. Thank you!

The Retired One said...

Merisi: I had no idea that thimbleberries were so unknown to others...and Wikipedia refers to a tiny, tiny part of our state (the Keweenaw Peninsula) where my parents grew up!! Yes, they do taste very similar to raspberries, just a little more tart. And they DO sell a ton of thimbleberry jam in the Keweenaw Peninsula and in other shops in the U.P. (upper Michigan).

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