Five Lovely Trees

January 24 ice 039

This group of trees stands along the Colonial Parkway, and always draws my attention when we pass. 

I don’t know their name.  They are old- probably pre-dating this section of the Parkway, which was completed in the 1950s.

They appear to be intentionally planted, because their trunks are planted in such a way that they mark the 5 points of a star.  I love how they grow in community, but each of the trees remains a unique individual.  I’ve photographed these trees a number of times now, and will continue to stop and photograph them over the months ahead as their buds swell and open.

If you know these trees, and can identify their species or offer any insight into their history, please share in the comments.

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”

  Kahlil Gibran

All Photos by Woodland Gnome 2013- 2014

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9 responses to “Five Lovely Trees

  1. Very beautiful photos! WG 🙂
    thanks for shareing them!
    Have a wonderful weekend there! 🙂


  2. I was wondering if you could post a couple of pictures of the individual leaves. Maybe we could identify the tree by the shape of the leaves.


  3. They are beautiful trees, and would capture my attention, too.

    • Thank you, Robin. They feel like five grand ladies standing there. So far, I haven’t been able to identify them. Are you thawing at all at Wabi-Sabi? Such cold nights this week 😉

      • No thaw yet, but it’s coming. 50’s this weekend, then snow again on Monday. Roller coast weather. 🙂

        • Hope you enjoy the ride 😉

          I’m still marveling at the photos you posted of rolled up snow, Robin. I’ve NEVER heard of snow doing that before. It is so curious. And then last night, I came across a story about the strange properties of this snowfall- people bringing pans inside to melt- and it doesn’t melt into water, people putting a lighter to it and seeing it turn black, people noticing a strange texture…. Ours here seems like normal snow, but there are lots of unusual observations about this one from Canada down into the Carolinas. Best wishes, WG

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