as it meanders along the way

Old Oak

Carver Regional Park | Minnetrista, MN 2011

Trees have always fascinated me
Called to me
Sometimes whispered to me
This old Oak brings back memories of childhood
Living in Nordeast Minneapolis there was not a lot of room to roam
There was a vacant lot on the fringes of the neighborhood
In this lot stood a tall strong oak
A few of us decided we would turn this old oak into a tree apartment
The only boards on this tree were the ones used to create a makeshift front stoop
Each child had a limb
Each limb was an apartment
Each apartment had a phone
A pink plastic replica of a real phone
Or two cans with a string
An entire summer was spent in the “apartment” complex
We were like birds sitting in the tree all day, we could not be seen from passersby only heard
Sounds emitting from the tree were not the sounds of birds singing but the sounds of children
Singing
Laughing
Playing
That was a great summer

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6 responses

  1. Reblogged this on The Wasteland Here and commented:
    Photo of a majestic and haunting oak tree.

    May 5, 2012 at 7:26 am

  2. This may be one of my favorite pictures of all time. It has such a magic quality about it. The first time I saw it (and didn’t comment) I was a little happier, and so the tree reflected a whimsical feeling. Today I’m a little less happy, and so the tree has a wonderful melancholy feel. And the story brings back memories as well…

    Wonderful, wonderful picture…

    May 9, 2012 at 10:12 am

    • Greetings Greg!
      I really appreciate hearing how the image resonated with you. The interesting part of this tree for me, I have done many versions of it and each time I work with the original I find another story inside as well.

      Thank you for reaching out.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm

  3. I love your creative eye. It’s outside the box which makes it all the more interesting…

    May 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    • Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to send a message! It means a great deal to me to know my work is appreciated.

      Again, i do believe we are kindred spirits! Your work is just a creative and the narrative is very conversational! Its like sitting down with a cup of coffee and having a chat with you!

      May 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

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