Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
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.
Add a Comment:

The Artist has requested Critique on this Artwork

Please sign up or login to post a critique.

Sugaree-33 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amiteaelfkin Featured By Owner 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:
maryinred Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
great dof & nice angle. . . you have a really nice gallery !!!
Godwhowalksonwater Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2006
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!
ElenoiR Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
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. =)
Hettar7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2005
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.
dottiemaggie Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2005
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:

isabelucha Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2005
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 :)
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree wholeheartedly :)
iamshe Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2005
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
dria Featured By Owner May 31, 2005   Traditional Artist
A powerful image! I'm a pretty big fan of trees myself and that's one of the reasons I'm not very fond of the city and keep trying to move further out into the country :) My favorite tree has always been the weeping willow, I just love the way their branches hang down and they sway in the wind, so beautiful!
rapidograph Featured By Owner May 31, 2005  Professional Filmographer
... wonderfully sharp while still maintaining a soft composition... I love the narrow focus with the upangle, it really puts me in your shoes... it's not just an accidental shot but I can feel the intimacy and your love of trees without having to read the description...
Rockonteddy Featured By Owner May 31, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
........a lovely picture,both sharp and focused.............can you recal a painting by Klimpt dipicting a forest of silver birch trunks, strait, strong and so beautiful...............I also have some less than nice memories where birch trees grow............visiting places where the unthinkable happened in the 2nd world war...............but still they are such a delcate but somehow majestic tree..........your pic more than does therm justise............
Katerina423 Featured By Owner May 28, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
oh danielle! This is wonderful! First let me say that this is just perfectly technically solid! The DOF is exactly where i would want it to be and the sharp focus is just fucking awesome! As always, i adore the love and meanings behind and throughout your pieces and this is no exception. I'm slightly biased because I have a thing for birch trees too.. for me it's the whole russian nostalgia thing.. seeing them always makes me feel warm and at home. But issues aside, this picture is just absolutely saturated with everything you describe.. this is just something you can feel. I'm not explaining it properly, but in my opinion this is absolutely wonderful. I really like this picture and everything you are saying with it. God, i admire artists like you... wonderful work sweetie :hug:
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner May 29, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you a million times thank you :hug:

alpenglow Featured By Owner May 27, 2005
very nice!
ibas Featured By Owner May 27, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
i :heart: these kind of photographies that means a lot with a few, thanks a lot for my eyes and my heart, have a nice day :D :aww:
garrit Featured By Owner May 26, 2005  Professional Photographer
forrest pics :dance: more!!
superkev Featured By Owner May 24, 2005  Professional Photographer
shedding old and dead outer layers to permit new and fresh growth from beneath is a fantastic concept. :)
disintegrator Featured By Owner May 24, 2005
i love the concept on this work...(and i also love trees).
the image is really great, i love the textures and the detail.
great work danielle.
arbzervor Featured By Owner May 24, 2005
nice shot. i loke the depth of focus. was that intentional or was it added in PS? i love those soft shadows alot!

Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner May 24, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
the DOF is intentional and out of the camera thank you :)
pinkcookie Featured By Owner May 24, 2005
what a beautiful comment to go with a thoughtful image
all fits so well
and nothing else seems to be needed to be said
i like the detail in this, and the long depth
wonderful shot danie :hug:
adiaga Featured By Owner May 23, 2005
nice photo !
zerocomplex Featured By Owner May 23, 2005  Professional Photographer
I remember learning in training about honey, and using it to clean wounds, removing bacteria, the same with tree sap from certain trees, who needs modern medicine when we can all learn from ourselves :D

I could help offer what little knowledge I have on the picture itself, I don't want to now, not sure if you want a photographic critique here.

im4candee Featured By Owner May 23, 2005
That is very cool.. something about bark that just looks so captivating :-)
bnlake Featured By Owner May 23, 2005
I really like the range of value in this one! Also the way the bark has stripped from the tree. That's really an akward thing. Nice capture
pirate20 Featured By Owner May 23, 2005
i like this shot. where did you take it, birch trees around me
Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner May 23, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, I took it in a forest in muskoka ontario :)
devilicious Featured By Owner May 23, 2005  Professional Photographer
it literally physically hurts to watch someone cut down a tree

i think that in itself speaks volumes about why they're special

they're a symbol of life. they have seasons and moods - they start young, the grow and then grow old - they die every winter and rebirth in spring

maybe that's it - that they rebirth and evolve - that is so fascinating about them :nod:

nice textures and detail on this :)
Add a Comment:


Submitted on
May 23, 2005
Image Size
2.2 MB


40 (who?)