Cypress

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All things are constantly changing. 

Gardeners both take this change in hand to guide it along; and also observe how nature keeps the world constantly changing around us from moment to moment.

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Some changes please us, others don’t.  Our opinion is rarely asked.

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These ancient cypress trees probably sprouted here on the bank of the James River over a century ago; their roots still deeply embedded in the sand.

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Wind and tides try to move them from time to time, but their hard, heavy wood has withstood years of weathering, and will lie here many more.

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These trees are a touchstone for the changing light of day; the changing seasons of the year; the changing contours of the bank carved by the wind and tides.

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This week icicles grew on their roots, and their wood was glazed in ice reflecting the morning sun.

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Trees of great beauty, in all its stages of life; and now in all stages of decay.

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Cypress trees, and a reminder of the permanence of change.

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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014

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We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it.

Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.

Zhuangzi

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About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

4 responses to “Cypress

  1. Reblogged this on To Be Continued… Christine and commented:
    We spend an awful lot of time and energy fighting change…when accepting the constancy of change and exhibiting resilience in the face of it….may be the secret to longevity and contentment. Let’s explore the notion in the Forest Garden….beautiful photos and thoughtful prose…

  2. Amazingly Beautiful as usual! 🙂
    I really love it! 🙂

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