Friday, January 15, 2010

Winter






This wonderful old dogwood tree lives in our backyard. It has brought us great joy throughout the years, and its beauty spans the gamut of the seasons.


A number of years ago, Cool Breeze and I were searching for the perfect piece of property. We would have preferred waterfront, but it was much too costly for a self-employed couple with a small child. Our search took us back to my home county, which is where we should have begun in the first place. The land was there. It was waiting patiently for us to arrive.


Once we purchased the property, it was time to begin clearing for our new home. The trees that we wanted to keep were to be marked, so they did not meet their demise at the hands of an eager bulldozer operator. Imagine our surprise when this little jewel was discovered! We knew that dogwoods were plentiful, DUH! it's Virginia, but we had no idea that one would have been able to reach this size after being smothered under the boughs of oaks and pines for so long.


Cats and children alike have climbed this tree. There have even been a number of squirrels and an ambitious o'possum who have graced the limbs. And then there are the birds. Birds of every size and color meet in this tree every spring to celebrate the warmer temperatures!


It's a shame that Keats never wrote an Ode to a Dogwood. Obviously, he was NOT from Virginia!! Perhaps I'll have to work on that poem myself...

17 comments:

T said...

I love dogwoods and miss seeing the massive amounts of them that I had at my disposal when I lived in TN.

They are such graceful trees.....

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Just lovely! I would prefer seeing it in bloom mkay? Can you make that happen? See you tomorrow.
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The Incredible Woody said...

My new front yard has a dogwood. I'm hoping its pink:)

littletoesandcheerios said...

Brrrrr! It is very pretty though isn't it? I am thankful to live in a state where the seasons change so beautifully.
You know what girl? I am going to make it to blog fest this year come Hell or High water! Maybe Amy K. and I can come together.

Daryl said...

27 days ..

Mental P Mama said...

Well, get to writin'! I love dogwoods, too....

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is gorgeous!!! I would love to see a picture of it later, in full bloom. Isn't it funny how much joy we can get out of a tree?


ps. On the garden I hope to put in, I already planned on fencing it in, Ozzie pee's on everything and we have squirrells, rabbits, opposum and raccoons. not even my compost is safe here!!!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

I've never seen a dogwood this big, seriously.

And I doubt there are many that have ever been filmed so big and so beautiful - with snow.

Gorgeous.

HalfAsstic.com said...

Oh, it really is beautiful, too! Please take a picture from the same perspective in the spring, summer, and fall! Then show them all to us!

Predo said...

Well, Keats probably had his hands full, so I leave it to you to write it for him!

By the way, I love the tree and it's history. Thank you!!

Grandma J said...

Can't wait to hear your poem. You can frame it with the picture of that beautiful tree.

tattytiara said...

That tree is truly magnificent. I'm glad it was found by people who appreciate it!

dwyatt64 said...

***SIGH***after the fiasco in my yard this winter, I may need to compose an ode to a cherry tree myself. LOVE your photos!!!

My Metabolic Rate is Stuck said...

That tree is BEAUTIFUL! I would love to have a tree that I could climb! Not that I could really do it...but I would certainly give it a try!
love it!!! happy day!

Country Girl said...

My mother's favorite trees were dogwoods. We have two beautiful dogwoods here at the house and a couple more on the grounds somewhere. They are beautiful year-round.

Keetha said...

Do it! Then post the poem, and more photos - those are gorgeous!

Together We Save said...

Beautiful... I can only imagine how it looks in full bloom.