Wordless Wednesday – Tree Inspiration!

Last weekend, I went backpacking in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and enjoyed many amazing vistas, lakes, a waterfall, and tons of wildflowers, but it was the trees that inspired me. Yesterday I started a new book with their gnarly fingers in mind.

I’ve never seen a branch grow like this one. What does it look like to you?

A very strange branch

Many of the evergreens had hiding places beneath them like this. Do you see a face?

Tree trunk with hiding place

This strange tree with its hands splayed wide like fingers intrigued me, especially at night.

hand branches on tree

I discovered a natural meeting place for forest creatures to enjoy.

Tree seats

Like us! Those natural tree seats came in handy since we hiked over ten miles the day before and racked up another ten later that morning. I had no idea until I checked my fitness tracker.

Twisty tree seats Courtney and Susie

When I arrived home on Sunday, the images of the trees still haunted me.

My daughter, Courtney, had suggested taking my Bichon, Roxy for a walk in the mornings to get my blood flowing and jumpstart my creativity. By the end of the day, I finished the chapter of a new creepy tale. Yes, I included the tree.

You never know where you’ll find inspiration. All you have to do is keep your eyes open and let your imagination run wild.

Did you find those trees inspiring? What inspires you? Are you noticing the shorter days?ย 

Stay tuned for my backpacking adventure post. The scenery was breathtaking!

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  1. Sometimes trees look like a they stopped in mid-action. They almost take on human characteristics, and we should remember – they are living things. The first one has an itchy inside calf of his right leg. The second has a face and more. The third is wearing a crinoline but lost her skirt. The fourth looks like some not-so-bright bozos having a meeting. The last shows a couple of hikers laughing with relief at not having run into a bear.
    Great pics!!

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    1. That is such a great observation. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your personifications! We saw giant bear poop along the lake. The rangers put down an aggressive one the week before when it attacked their tent! Luckily, we didn’t come upon any, although I’d love to glimpse one from afar!

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      1. VERY afar, with a camera zoom that has huge magnification, I hope. They are really cool to see, but not up too close. And where you are inland, your bears would be more predatory than our coastal black bears (who just stand in the river and wait for the fish to swim into their mouth), so you need to be careful.

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          1. I’m sure you’re aware of a lot of what goes on from spending so much time out there. And you say you’ve only seen one bear in Colorado, but the point is – – how many bears have seen YOU? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. I am fascinated with nature and its fauna and flora. Makes me think of “Spooky Tree”. We recently checked out a new nature walk area and the squirrels were looking for hand outs – leave wild wild I say. I seriously thought one would just came at me and shake me down for treats – ha! There were deer too and one mama (pretty skinny) had twin fawns – pretty cool sight to see! Happy Exploring – Be Safe and Take Care ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. So true, John. Getting outside where nature is oblivious to our plight is just what I need to reset. I’m always on the lookout. A bluebird just visited the feeder. I’ve only seen them a few times in my life. They are so beautiful!

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  3. Whew, some unusual branches there, no question! Looks interesting by day (great pics, btw), but by night, or in a thick fog? Iโ€™m guessing theyโ€™d look a bit foreboding. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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