The Old Protector


One cold winter day I was in a graveyard in Holland. I walked past a toppled headstone, leaves scurried past me dancing in the wind, and turned to see this great old tree offering comfort and protection. I have a great fondness for trees. I cry when I see an old one cut down. I love walks in the woods where quite often the trees are the only companions on a trail. They stand watching us throughout the centuries, and I like to believe, they sigh with compassion when another silly human walks past them. They shake their leaves and wait again.


It’s possible and fun to imagine this tree seeing Holland like this..Image via Wikipedia

About susan sheldon

I am an explorer. It's taken me awhile to realise this. But I love capturing bits of our wonderful world with my camera, travelling through time and history, always returning to write, or paint what I've discovered. I use my Leica and my iPhone to capture images, and with those images I try to hold on to a feeling, a moment in our busy lives. Sometimes those moments bring me into the past, others into the studio to paint, or back to the old typewriter to try to use words to capture what the camera has done for me already. One of my goals in my blog is to have a space to take a breath away from our frantic world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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6 Responses to The Old Protector

  1. crubin says:

    What a great image! Imagine how plain this world would be without trees. Thanks for letting me see them in a new light. 🙂

  2. Pseu says:

    Most peculiar.

  3. That is a great image, Susan. It looks as though the bark has ‘poured’ over the headstone. Amazing! 😀

    • Tom, it does look like it was poured over. I was so amazed that the weight of this trunk didn’t crack the headstone, it really feels and looks like it is tenderly protecting it! Nature is amazing!

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