Odd but beautiful

One white birch tree in a green forest, trilliums in bloom around it.

A lone birch amongst other deciduous trees, hundreds of trilliums at its feet.  

To me, the picture represents . . .

. . . determination to be authentic no matter what is going on around . . .

. . . a white tree being applauded by an audience of trilliums . . .

. . . alone, but not lonely. . .

What does the picture bring to your mind?

11 thoughts on “Odd but beautiful

  1. marianbeaman

    I can’t improve on your observations, Arlene, but I’ll add one.
    Contrast always stands out: White birch among the dark barks, a good thing. (Yes, it’s okay to be different.)

    You are a great noticer, a reminder for me to do the same on walks. 🙂

    1. Arlene Somerton Smith Post author

      It’s one of my mindfulness practices. I stop and look really closely or intently at something – peel back as many layers of it as I can. It’s always inspiring in some way.

  2. Ally Bean

    We have birch trees in our front yard. I adore them, even with the bark they shed willy-nilly they show me that being your own tree is where it is at.

    1. Arlene Somerton Smith Post author

      I love a birch tree, and it always amazes me how far birch bark gets blown from a tree after a major storm. I guess that’s another thing about birch trees – the thing about them that makes the unique and beautiful is also useful.

      1. tkbrownwriter

        Is the bark easy enough to break into pieces to use as a decorative mulch? If so, I would think it would be beautiful. I like your mindfulness and inspiring thoughts. Thank You for sharing! Blessings!

      2. tkbrownwriter

        You are right. I probably would blow away. Yes, it would be beautiful. Oh, well! Some things just are not meant to be. Thank You for responding!

  3. tkbrownwriter

    Your innovative way of looking at what could be viewed as the ordinary in our lives gives so much more meaning to each and every post you make. The mindfulness with which you explore your world lends to your posts ability to awaken inspiration in others. Therefore, I have nominated you for the Ideal Inspiration Award. It is a non-official award for bloggers by their peers. You can accept and place your own nominees at: https://tkbrownwriter.wordpress.com/2020/06/01/ideal-inspiration-blogger-award-for-bloggers. Thank You for being an inspiration to others encountered in your life. Blessings!

    1. Arlene Somerton Smith Post author

      Thank you very much for the vote of confidence. I don’t usually do awards though. My reward is making connections with people and giving the world a little more light. That’s good enough for me!


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