June 27, 2011

Shade on a Hot Day

Cool, quenching shade.

Deep shade. (these look like elephants' feet to me).

Primitive, gnarly shade.

Shade that beckons.

Spooky, eerie shade.
 
A quiet rest on a shady porch.

(All pictures taken in the shade on a hot and humid day at Blithewold Mansions, Garden and Arboretum in Bristol, Rhode Island.)

Stay cool.

15 comments:

  1. Laurrie, I'd been to Blithewood years ago, but your photos remind me how magnificent those old trees are in that setting.Magical!

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  2. Very, very cool, and what a fabulous setting! I love all the photos. Mature trees have so much character.

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  3. I'm laughing Laurrie because our quasi summer this year is all about cool - what I wouldn't give for some heat! I do love those big trees though. So many wonderful shapes, beautiful bark and huge canopies. What a lovely place to walk.

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  4. Those big old trees are treasures. I can see the elephants feet too.

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  5. Hi Laurrie,
    I have a whole series of tree trunk pictures in the archives. (Just ask my hubby about my obsession). I find them endlessly fascinating for some reason. I am relieved to see that I am not the only one!
    I love elephant feet and the second last picture especially. Those wildly curving branches are just crazy looking.

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  6. Mmmm, really appreciated your shady photos this morning! Looking at another 100+ degree day here in ATX ;/ Those gnarly trunks are so cool.

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  7. As others have said, the feet of trees look like feet.

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  8. Great series of photos. There is something magnificent and magical about beautiful shady spots under such old and enormous trees. Looks like the sort of place I would love to visit.

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  9. Thanks, everyone. Big old shady trees, feet and all, really do capture people's attention and wonder.

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  10. Add me to the list that loves big old elephant-foot trees. They look like they have hold of the very center of the earth and will not let go for anything.

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  11. They do look like elephant's feet. Love, love big shady trees. There's a peace to be found under trees that you just don't find in any other shade. Lovely. :)

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  12. Beautiful photos, Laurrie! Those really are some weird trunks on the "spooky" shade trees. I love old trees like these magnificent specimens, and they're certainly a welcome respite in the heat of summer.

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  13. Laurrie, I never would have guessed those photos were taken in Rhode Island - they looked very southern to me for some reason. I love the one with the curved trunks. Great photos.

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  14. Thanks for all the comments on these wonderful trees in RI!

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