a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Trees

A/Z, sharing some beauty

T - Tree

There are a variety of trees in the city where I live.  Most of the pictures below were taken in winter months, but I like the rugged look of some of them.  I'm clueless what kind of trees they are, but enjoy looking at them, blooming or bare.

This one was taken at Willow Lake (go back to L for lake if you want to see another picture of Willow Lake). It was our third weekend here in Arizona, our first hike. 


This was at Watson Lake (L if you want another picture of Watson Lake) the next weekend afterwards. 


This was at the start of Thumb Butte, another hiking path. Literally straight up for the hike and straight down when you got to the top. The bench on my header picture is taken at the top of the hike. When I saw the bench, I knew I needed a picture of it so we kept walking. Only a 1.75 mile hike but took us from start to finish close to 2 hours.  We plan to do it again when we are in much better shape.


This was in the middle of the Thumb Butte hike.  



This was at Lynx Lake (L again for Lynx Lake if you want to see another picture of it). 

Of course once spring got here some of the trees started to bloom, but some are late bloomers and didn't start blooming until into April.

Are you a tree person?

44 comments:

Bijoux said...

I love all sorts of trees.....redwoods, dogwoods, magnolia, crabapples, any fir tree.

Mevely317 said...

I've never really considered myself a 'tree' person; and, in fact, have difficulty telling one from another.

For some reason, I'm really taken with that one in your first photo at Willow Lake. Some might think it's ugly, but I see tenacity.

Paula Kaye said...

I love trees! And I love them most in the winter when all their leaves are gone. I like to see their structures! Beautiful pictures. What a lovely place to hike

suesconsideredtrifles said...

I'm making a return visit. Yes, I love trees. I like to know what variety they are. Where I live they are not yet fully in leaf, but many are beginning to blossom.
Another UK AtoZer is sketching from benches. https://lynnelives.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/true-to-the-view-10-20-30-atozchallenge/

Sue

TARYTERRE said...

What a lovely place. Trees are so beautiful. It must be wonderful to hike among them. The bench is worth the walk.

blogoratti said...

Look at the lovely trees and the blue sky, beautiful indeed!

Jacquelineand.... said...

I do like trees, and learning their stories whenever possible. 'Marker' trees weren't unusual in this part of the country; they marked the boundaries of properties, etc... and they often had fascinating tales attached.

Eileen T said...

Yes, I'm most definitely a tree person. I'm photographing a silver birch to record its changes for a year and it is truly fascinating. I'd never really taken notice of the small details before.

You live in a very interesting area and so completely different from where I live in the UK. It's lovely to see your photographs.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

I love the shape of leafless trees - always so striking. Some lovely pictures :)
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

Mildred said...

Very nice photos. I love trees; the home I grew up in had a yard full of pecan trees.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I do love trees for sure ! Right now ours are just starting to bloom. It's a beautiful time of year. Glad you made it to the top to get your bench picture there. The picture going up is beautiful too.

Maria Zannini said...

When we bought our property, hubby had all sorts of conditions before he would buy.

I only had one. The property had to be mostly trees. I like the solitude a forest brings, and all the birds.

Wendy said...

I am not a tree-hugger, but I do appreciate trees and can identify quite a few thanks to a high school biology project to collect leaves from 50 types of trees.

Intense Guy said...

I'm an unabashed tree-hugger. :)

I'm able to identify some - but the most important thing to me is the "living" versus "not living" distinction!

Your lake side tree shot is a lot like one I took late last year!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mousleyka/16115969764/

Linda said...

I love your photo of the towering trees at Thumb Butte start. Can never have enough trees. The birds and the rabbits love them, too. Most of our walks are through our small downtown. I prefer the colder weather nature walks, before the return of possible slithering sightings.

Pat Hatt said...

I enjoy trees, always used to climb them. Thumb Butte? Someone had fun with that name lol

Mary said...

so many lovely views. Nature is such a wonderful thing! :)

Joanne Noragon said...

I like to see the bones of trees. I especially like the first picture of the tree on the very rocky outcrop.

Trina O'Neil said...

My favorite tree is a dogwood tree. I don't know why but I think they are so pretty. However, when I was younger I loved all trees that I could climb. I was such a tomboy.

Stopping by from the AtoZ CHallenge.
@TrinaO'Neil from
Walking My Own Path - from A to Z

Ruth said...

Nice tree pictures.

Chrys Fey said...

I love trees. Now that I live in a house, I am thrilled to have trees around me again.

Nice pictures!

jack69 said...

I love the thumb Butte hike photos best. But that is my upbringing.
Good entry, I love trees of all kinds (Especially Christmas Trees, that is a real name, methinks. LOL)

Love from North Carolina/

Chatty Crone said...

It is very pretty there - but the difference in landscape from SD to there must be mind boggling!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

A few years ago, I had to have two mature trees cut down because they were in the power lines (not good planning on our part). I still mourn for them.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Our tree bloom at different times. Magnolia last week. Apple and cherry soon. I love this time of year. Love that hiking trail too. Wish I could try it.

Carol Noren Johnson said...

Two oak trees on the property have been taken down so they wouldn't fall on the house. Other trees provide excellent shade.

lynnelives said...

Hi Betty
Thanks for popping by. Glad we can talk benches.. and trees..

Greenpatches said...

I do love trees, even if I'm not very good at telling one kind from another!

Jerralea said...

Oh, I am a big tree lover! I don't have any in my yard unfortunately, but I'm always going on road trips to find trees to relax under and enjoy.

J E Oneil said...

Sure, I like trees. They're nice and shady and keep you cool in the summer. Although pine trees can be kind of annoying to clean up after :)

SweetMarie said...

I do love trees. I miss my big oak tree. Hopefully when we buy a house there will be oaks. :)

Kathryn McKendry said...

I love trees, and being in a full forest of them is one of my favorite mind cleansing activities.

Birgit said...

I love trees. It reminds me of my dad who was a lumberman. He used to take me out into the bush and he was check which trees could be cut. He hated the clear cutting with a passion. He always mentioned they are ruining the landscape and the soil. I would ask if he was killing the trees. He always took my questions seriously and told me he weeds out trees that are good but it gives room for the young ones to grow. He would then show me the young trees growing.

Bobbi and Gracie said...

Your pictures are beautiful, Betty! It looks like you are really enjoying Arizona. Love the trees.

DMS said...

I love trees! Walking in the woods is one of my favorite pastimes. :) Beautiful pictures! Trees are amazing in all different stages. :)
~Jess

Liz A. said...

Those are great pics. I envy you that hike. I love a good hike.

Sunni said...

I love trees. The ones in your post look similar to some we have here, but it's both desert areas so maybe that's why.

We have lots of trees we planted in our yard - mostly flowering so they're disiduous and bare in the winter months. They've grown well and now provide some nice shade on the patio.

I like your bench photo in your blog header. I thought maybe it was in your yard and that's the view from your house.

Sunni
http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

susie said...

I like trees and flowers, but like you, can't name them.

I like the name Thumb Butte, but it's not as fun as how I THOUGHT it was pronounced.

Haha.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That looks like an awesome place to hike. I miss hiking. I do love trees but I especially love dead tree stumps for some reason.

Sandy said...

I truly LOVE trees. I find them almost mystical. Especially large ones, or old ones, think of what they've seen. A favorite poem is The Tree. I often stop to photograph trees.

I sometimes think they speak to me.

Sandy at Bridge and Beyond

i b arora said...

beautiful photos

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Linda said...

Living in Northern Wisconsin we have many trees. Each season is marked with changes. Right now there are buds on the trees waiting for warmer weather to pop! I love watching the changing of the trees.

Veronica Lee said...

I am totally a tree person! I am thinking of Joyce Kilmer's "Trees".

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

I love me some trees and mountains and creeks and streams.... ☺

But I am certain I do not want to climb 1.75 miles up a hill for a hike!!! Lawww I'm tired just typing that and need a nap!

heh