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in the studio :: dead tree collection

Welcome to In The Studio, a place to show off your studio and meet some great artists! So you might be wondering how a dead tree collection could be worthy of something coming out of a studio. In all honesty, my creative side has been a little dormant lately due in part to several things which are not worth discussing on this fine Friday. However, when we were in Kruger Park recently, my husband kept stopping the car to take photos of dead trees. We laughed. We got annoyed. We made fun of. But then I stopped to look and realized that there was a beauty in that leafless mass of sticks that stood in the wide open proudly displaying who it was and not ashamed of it.

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There’s probably a whole slew of analogies I could make here, but since I’m writing this when I should be letting my head hit the pillow, let’s just stick with this one. If we look, we can find beauty in the ordinary. I’m in a season of learning to celebrate the little things. I think finding beauty in the everyday, ordinary, otherwise overlooked things in life, is learning to celebrate. The result is love and joy and peace, all things that I desperately need in my life right now.

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I hope you enjoyed my dead tree collection at Kruger National Park. Look for the beauty in the ordinary this week!

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Now it’s your turn! Remember your “studio” can be anywhere. Let’s celebrate each other’s creativity by linking up and visiting as many as the other studios as you can. Check out the about post for more info and don’t forget to grab the In The Studio button!

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    Elisa | blissfulE
    April 4, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I'm a dead tree photographer, too. There's something so striking about a tall mass of leafless wood in the midst of a flat green landscape.

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    Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA
    April 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

    There is definitely beauty in dead trees too, with their stature and graceful lines. If you can just imagine the stories they can tell and how they still serve a purpose after death for the members of their ecosystem, it's beautiful. Blessings, my friend!

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    April 4, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Dead trees.. I've seen my fill of them! (No zebras around mine though! For some reason there is not a large population of zebras in Nebraska…. haha!) Urging spring on over here.. noticing I've taken very few photos lately because it feels like there is nothing beautiful around me. But you are right.. good reminder to appreciate the small things here and now!


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    April 6, 2014 at 3:47 am

    Those photos are gorgeous! Wonderful animals released!

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    April 8, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I am amazed at how trees look so elegant at every stage of their life.

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