Friday, April 16, 2010

The Old Redwood


This magnificent Sequoia Redwood tree sits at the edge of our driveway, and is over 100 years old. It is definitely one of my "favorite things."

It provides a home for all kinds of creatures like this little guy!

So, I put this vintage St. Francis statue at the bottom of the tree. He is another one of my "favorite things," as he is my favorite saint, and the patron saint of animals and the environment. I like to think he is watching out for all the squirrels and birds living in the tree above.

"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..."
~Joyce Kilmer, "Trees," 1914

I'm joining Laurie at Bargain Hunting with Laurie for "Favorite Things Saturday."
Be sure to visit her beautiful blog!

Another favorite blog party is "Weekly Words to Live By" at Notes From a Cottage Industry, which I'm participating in today. Stop in for lots of inspiration.

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29 comments:

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh, they are fabulous! What great pics, truly amazing parts of nature. Cindy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Stunning. Beautiful and magestic pictures. Hugs, Marty

Robyn said...

That tree has such tremendous beauty! I'd cherish it too! I LOVE that you put the St. Francis Statue there! We live in a subdivision but our backyard is like a weird little creature haven...and we LOVE it! The birds all congregate around the ponds waterfall in the morning and I even saw a bunny sipping water from the side today. I'm sure the Koi were wondering what that was! I feed the squirrels in the pines behind us and I LOVE your photo!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a beautiful tree! I have many of those "resident squirrels" around here.:-D Caught one digging in one of my pots of freshly planted flowers a few days ago! :-(
Enjoy your weekend.

xinex said...

Your photos are fantastic, Delores! Love that huge red tree, so grand! I have a St. Francis by my tree also. I broke my first one and I had to replace him cause I love him too. We have so many critters here too, lots of squirrels and chipmunks who are so cute....Christine

Pam @ Design Fanatic said...

It must be so awesome to drive past that 100 year old Sequoia every day. It is beautiful!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

That is so funny! I almost posted a big old Walnut tree that is in front of our office, because it is one of my favorite things. This tree is beautiful! 100 years old - Wow! laurie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Forgot to thank you for joining Favorite Things again, my friend. laurie

Nancy said...

What a sweet post. I've always, always wanted to visit the Redwoods in CA. I love how you have your St. standing guard at the trunk of the tree. Lovely!

kim said...

Delores, I remember when we went to San Francisco several years ago and we rented a car and drove to the redwood forest. I could not believe how large those trees are. We felt like to little tiny ants standing next to them. That is one majestic tree. Love the pic of the cute squirrel.

Kathysue said...

Delores, Love these picts of the squirel. we have Cypress trees lining our back fence and I was so excited to see that we now have squirrels. I have always wondered how they got here. They just all the sudden appeared. We crack up watching them hang on the pole with their feet to reach the bird feeder, too funny. Love St Francis at the base of your beautiful tree, that is so touching. I love seeing your favorite things my friend, Hugs Kathysue

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

Beautiful treasure! I am a big fan of nature and so enjoy having trees all around!!

Jan said...

Such a beautiful site here, and love your Redwood.... certainly an amazing tree to have on your property. Love the squirrels, whenever I see photos of them.
Look forward to your posts.

Blondie's Journal said...

The Redwood is awesome. The pictures of the squirrel are so sweet. They are, well...squirrely!! But cute!

I have several St. Francis statues. I love to know all my favorite creatures are being watched over. Your statue is beautiful!

xoxo
Jane

Really Rainey said...

What a wonderful post... and such a magnificent tree indeed! I was born and raised in So. California and I understand the significance of Redwood trees. You are so fortunate to be able to share your life with this beautiful tree!

~Rainey~

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Beautiful and peaceful post...nothing like the shade of a 100 year old redwood tree! imagine what it has been witness to!

Mary said...

Such a magnificent tree - must be home to lots of squirrels and birds, all of which bring life to the garden. I so miss the trees we had to remove in Jan. this year. I still have plenty in back so just as much wildlife, but will miss the shade on the front porch this Summer - am instead hanging gauzy drapery panels at one end - looks quite romantic in a shabby chic way!!

Lovely St. Francis - perfect spot to place him.

Happy weekend Delores.
Mary - A Breath of Fresh Air

Debby said...

Oh, I am in love with your tree. I know it's weird. When I was growing up in the Midwest with farms all around me, there was a big tree at the end of our property. I would walk through the field to get to it and just sit and think. Every time I read "The Giving Tree", I think of my tree. I lived next door to my grandparents and their house was destroyed in a fire. I drove by a few years ago and I had to look hard to find my tree. I wish I would have stopped and asked if I could visit it but thought the would call the white jackets. I won't give you my address so you won't call them on me. I should note that I had to play b myself as a child so that may explain my relationship with this tree.

Carrie said...

Beautiful tree!! My family spent a few days in the redwoods when I was a kid... amazing trip.

cityfarmer said...

sigh ... I could sit under that big tree all day and just watch the birds and squirrels.

peaceful and serene, to be sure

Sonia said...

I love redwoods!! My hubbie is from Northern CA and since we don't live there anymore one of the things we miss the most is the trees!! We make our annual trips and always have to go through a grove of these amazing giants! How blessed to have something so grand in your yard!!

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Miss Bloomers

niartist said...

Oh, beautiful pictures! As always. Thank you for stopping by and looking in on the garden projects, and for your always kind words! :) Hey! Come by and enter my giveaway for $100 to CSNlighting. You can use it for any lighting products on their website! Hope you'll stop by for a chance to win! :)

Mimi said...

The sequoia is such a majestic tree...just beautiful.

Sarah said...

Delores, what a magnificent tree. Thank you for sharing these amazing photos.

Tracy F. said...

Such a magnificent tree! And, what a great picture of the squirrel!

Dialing Home. said...

Love St. Francis...I used to have one in my flowerbed but I think it got left behind in the move...so sweet that it's tucked in like that...I love old trees too. They have such personality. We had two lovely old oaks claimed by Hurricane Ike...I miss them so.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

There is so much inspiration in nature! Fabulous photos!

Bonnie said...

Thanks for sharing about the beautiful redwood tree. I have never seen the redwood's in person. Your tree is so majestic.

once in a blue moon... said...

beautiful pics, what a mammoth redwood, but the squirrel stole the show~

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