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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

One White Tree....



Tall ships and tall kings
Three times three.
What brought they from the foundered land
Over the flowing sea?
Seven stars and seven stones
And one white tree.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Image: Me

13 comments:

steven said...

alaine - tolkien arrived in my life at the age of ten. a teacher read him to me. then i read him to myself when i was in my twenties and then i read him to my children in my thirties. now i read the hobbit to myself each autumn. so lucky you to find the one white tree. steven

alaine@éclectique said...

Steven...I must admit that I missed out on Tolkien; I must remedy that. My daughter read and enjoyed The Hobbit in her early teens.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Lainie:
What an absolutely magnificent image. We assume, on account of the wonderful bark of the trunk, that it is a Plane tree. But we may be wrong.

alaine@éclectique said...

Jane and Lance...hello! No, it is a Eucalypt, a grand Aussie gum tree! I captured it whilst out walking when we were away at Lake Fyans in April...I knew some would love it!

Wanda..... said...

Beautiful old trees are one of my most favorite things. Love the One White Tree!

alaine@éclectique said...

Wanda...I love their majesty and also wonder what they've seen over the years!

lvroftiques said...

What an amazingly beautiful tree!! The stories it could tell..... Vanna

alaine@éclectique said...

Vanna...it's not often I'm sitting here and someone comes in for a visit!

LA POUYETTE - und die "Dinge des Lebens" said...

Oh my! I love trees, could not live without!
This 'white tree' together with Tolkien's poem is just simply beautiful.
Thank you Alaine for showing it to us!
Greetings from the Périgord,
karin

alaine@éclectique said...

Karin...I have many here in skeletal form at the moment, some already budding and it's only 3 days in to Winter. They're beautiful with or without leaves!

Vagabonde said...

What a lovely tree. Whenever I see a great tree I take its pictures – now I have a folder full of trees. Maybe I’ll do a post on them someday, but then it might even be longer than the posts I publish now….

alaine@éclectique said...

Vagabonde...thanks for visiting! I don't know if you received my email...you did say you were interested in our visit to Rimini; I did a post and let you know it was up. Our friends who live there were so happy with it. Here's the link - http://coccinella-ladybug.blogspot.com/2011/03/rimini-italy-miami-of-europe.html

dancingbeastie said...

A beautiful gum tree and an evocative verse. As a lover of trees and of Tolkien, I couldn't think of a better short post than this combination! Thank you.

(I published a bit about a white tree recently but it was a creepy one - I called it 'the living dead'. Yours is far more fair and graceful.)