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Renew by Moonbeam13 Renew by Moonbeam13
Trees have always held a special significance for me and getting opportunities to spend time with them always seems to guide me back to the correct path and sort out my thoughts. Birch trees are one of my favorites and carry symbolism of strength, renewal, and protection.

As an interesting little tidbit, the inner bark can be used as a pain reliever, and its leaves can relieve arthritis.
Birch aids in fertility, healing, and, and peace.

I won't delve too far into my personal meaning here, perhaps it's something I need to leave with the tree spirits.
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:iconamiteaelfkin:
amiteaelfkin Mar 14, 2007   Photographer
That's beautiful. I know what you mean about spending time with the trees to get you back on track. Thanks for the tidbits! :+fav:
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:iconmaryinred:
maryinred Aug 3, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
great dof & nice angle. . . you have a really nice gallery !!!
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:icongodwhowalksonwater:
I tried to take a picture of something like this a while ago. I still have to develop it though so I hav no idea what it looks like. I love birch trees!
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:iconelenoir:
Wow, someone else who likes tree bark :D. I like doing close-ups of stuff like that and getting all the detail/texture. So of course I like this photo. =)
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:iconhettar7:
i love trees too. each one has such a unique shape and texture. they each seem to have personalities, like humans. some can look kind and nurturing and some can seem cruel and menacing. i absolutely plan to do a series of pictures featuring different trees. trying to capture their essense and spirit. too ambitious for me now, but it's future hope. you've captured a beautiful texture in such a nice tree.
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:icondottiemaggie:
wow, i never knew that about birch trees :o they've always been one of my favourite :nod: We had a lot up by our cottage when I was a child...and someone taught me how to make little birch bark canoes :D much fun...
it's such a unique and recognizeable tree... and throwing some birch bark in a fire...mmm... burns beautifully :nod: and we never had to hurt the trees to enjoy them... there was so much shedded bark available all the time :nod:
birch trees always represent renewal to me..shedding the skin of one year to be ready with new strength to face the oncoming year... but not all in one go, it's constantly shrugging off old skin all year long..good lesson to learn, not to carry everything with you all the time.. but to let the outer shell that experienced your past fall away and reveal a newer, slightly grown you and have it fall away and nourish the environment around you that supports who you are.

i have a hard time makingsense when it's above 30 degrees C :| great up close and personaly shot of a tree though :nod:

.maggie
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:iconisabelucha:
Sometimes it would be so nice if humans could reborn just like trees... Leave our mask behind, and show our true inner self to everyone...

But sometimes people are just not ready to handle the truth about us, and prefer to look at us through their eys, not through their hearts...

Too bad, I think :)
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Moonbeam13 Jun 22, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree wholeheartedly :)
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:iconiamshe:
I *love* how you add such depth and history to your photographs by your commentary.

This is a nice shot; there are lovely shapes in the foreground. For myself, I probably would've cropped it square, cutting out the trunk at the top and inviting the viewer to observe the shapes and lines and contrasts of the bark in a more abstract fashion (not saying it would *be* abstract art at that point, only that I love to view and produce art that invites that kind of examination). But then that's me. :p
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