Where Earth and Shadows Play


A cool respite
beneath tall trees
where earth and shadows play,
leaves refreshed by raindrops light
on soft breezes sway.    ~ms
*** In the last photo–do you see the wooden tree creature that appears to be carrying something  into the center of the tree? (Click on the photo to make it larger). Interesting figure!

About Mary Strong-Spaid

You can find me any time wandering around in my own mind gathering thoughts.
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44 Responses to Where Earth and Shadows Play

    • Good….I am glad that I’m not the only one!
      The look on its face is rather disconcerting.
      Kind of reminds me of the big bad wolf in the story “Little Red Riding Hood.”
      Except this one has long ears like a rabbit!

  1. montucky says:

    He’s exactly the kind of creature who ought to make his home there, I’d say. Probably does nice things for people during the night and stays shyly out of sight during the day.

    • Good! That’s a much nicer thought.
      I had an image in my mind of a hungry wolf and the story of little red riding hood.
      He doesn’t have to worry about staying out of sight, that’s for sure.. I was looking right at him and I didn’t see anything at all! Perhaps that’s why he has that sly grin on his face. Maybe he’s thinking, “Another foolish photographer, walking around and taking photos of things she doesn’t even see!

  2. It looks very suspicious . . . . . . .
    I thought of Gollum or something like that.

  3. vera ersilia says:

    I do not see it/him – I am disappointed because I generally see lots of things in everything – I guess that my anthropomorphism is asleep today… I will come back again !

    • Last photo on the page…a little left of center. It’s not standing straight up, but bent over protecting the “thing” it is carrying. It is not as easy to see the image when I look at it on my cell phone, but on my larger computer monitor, it jumps right out at me.

  4. Oh I see it! How amazing!

    • Yes! And I am not sure about the look on its face. Doesn’t look very friendly. The way it is slouching over, it appears to be protecting the two little bags it is carrying. Obviously, the contents are very valuable to this tree creature. If I had come any closer, I think it would have felt the need to attack and defend.
      (****Aaaah….I think I see the makings of a mystical, magical tree story) 😉

  5. Jet Eliot says:

    Your photos are lovely, Mary; I especially like the first one and the accompanying poem. 🙂

    • Thanks Jet! Those Hostas were lovely until one night, when the deer came and munched them to the ground. Hostas are a favorite treat of the white-tailed deer. We put them behind some netting, but the deer easily figured out how to take the netting down. Doesn’t matter—I have pictures of what once was!

  6. Bryan Ens says:

    Lovely photographs and beautiful poem!

  7. Dilip says:

    Nature is always evergreen your beautiful pictures too say so. Thank you and cheers 🙂

  8. laurie27wsmith says:

    Whatever it is, it looks like it climbed out of bed on the wrong side. 🙂

    • Yes! I got the same impression….Don’t want to come too close to it. Perhaps it needs a strong cup of coffee. Maybe that is what it is carrying?

      • laurie27wsmith says:

        I don’t know if goblins drink coffee, perhaps an acorn derivative would be of assistance. 😉

        • Hmmm…
          There is a coffee company called: “Chock Full o’ Nuts.” Perhaps he ordered a special brew of acorns made just for goblins. Maybe that’s what is in the bags in his hands? Did I accidentally snap a grouchy photo before he was able to drink his first cup?

  9. Beautiful hostas, extraordinary tree and the verse…divine. 🙂

  10. That’s a very relaxing poem Mary, really beautiful! And I love your pictures of lush leaves and such an interesting tree too! I can see that little tree creature, it’s bizarre what shapes and faces appear in wood sometimes! I took some pictures of my local cemetery last summer and there appears to be a skull shaped formation in some wood steps set into a tall hill, perfect for a cemetery and quite spooky! 😀

    • Yes…wood does have a way of “shape-shifting” right before our eyes. I was walking among the cherry trees in DC one day, when I heard a lady say– “OH MY! do you see the big turtle head stuck in that old tree!”
      I turned around and looked and sure enough, it did look like the head of a turtle (with mouth wide open) staring out at everyone. However, the 2 young men that were with her could not see it….even though she pointed directly at it. I think it made her feel better when I said that I could see it too–very clearly!

  11. Genie says:

    It’s a mischievous, fun loving elf.
    ~ Lovely poem, Mary.

    • ….with a very sly look on its face.
      Might be because it was standing in plain sight, and it knew that I didn’t see it at all. The image jumped out at me at 11:30 at night, AFTER I posted the photo and saw it on the larger computer monitor. Suddenly, there it was staring at me. I got up (I was in the basement), ran upstairs, and turned on all of the lights. Yes…it scared me!

      • Genie says:

        It scared you because it’s mischievous!
        The little elf was just trying to get your attention to see other elves!

  12. anchorkeidi says:

    Wow, amazing to see this tree creature! Good poem, great pic. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Your welcome. Sorry I am so slow responding…must be the summer heat slowing me down a wee bit. Right now, I am lying next to an open window listening to a frog and cricket concert (admission is free)!

  13. Uncle Tree says:

    That tree reminds me of Lady Godiva! 😉

  14. It is only our imagination, it is only our imagination… Pictures of tree trunk are awesome!

  15. I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Details at: http://ddominikwicklesromance.wordpress.com/

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