Little bent tree

little bent tree - Taken in June, 2008, somewhere near Yosemite falls...
@dawnald (84131)
Shingle Springs, California
February 16, 2010 5:42pm CST
This is from a 2008 vacation with some German cousins in which I made good on my promise to take them to Yosemite National Park. They had been here in the 1990's and a certain in-law didn't want to take them there because "there's nothing to see". Anyway, I saw this tree while walking on the path up to Yosemite falls. I wonder how that tree is doing going on two years later...
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
17 Feb 10
I can't imagine there not being anything to see at ANY National Park, to be honest. They're National Parks for a reason aren't they? Silly "certain in-law" lol. Anyway, I love your photo of the tree. In fact, I love trees in general. So serene looking and the sound they make with all their leaves on in the summer (Mum has trees beyond her garden) is quite relaxing, especially when all the neighbours are out. Haha! I do hope "your tree" has a few friends around it.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Feb 10
The silly certain in-law wanted to drive up the coast. And while the California coast can be pretty spectacular in places, the mountains have a lot to offer also.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
17 Feb 10
Haha! My in-laws are like that...a bit thick! Do you remember me mentioning the blue sky on your photo? Well, we have lovely, blue sky today which is cheering me up no end!
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Feb 10
Wonderful... We are having a nice day too, but tomorrow the rain comes back.
@jellymonty (2358)
17 Feb 10
well look who has the prettiest Avatar!!! looking good.. I guess my brownies are helping elevate the beauty in you.. want some more I last went to Yosemite National Park four years ago and it pretty much looked the same as in the photo...
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Feb 10
Send brownies.... You must have been going up to Yosemite falls then. Other places have more trees or water or whatever. :-)
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17 Feb 10
Sorry I've run out of brownies.. I got them from that tree and its out of season now
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Feb 10
Fine, I'm going downstairs and bake some!
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
17 Feb 10
Good morning, new avatar, looking good.. so how's the tree now? Is it still bent? I don't think there's ever nothing to see, there's always something to see, depends on how one looks at it.
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Feb 10
I haven't been back to check it out...
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
19 Feb 10
Let me know after you have..
@marguicha (91714)
• Chile
17 Feb 10
Kuna children - Children love to pose for a picture. This lovely children made me take a picture of them to see how they looked (after that I had to show the picture to all the other kids)
I pity so much the poor people that are always finding there nothing to see! The world is so full of wonders that one could stare in awe all day if we didn´t turn away to work and toil. Do you know that ALL marigold flowers have the same number of petals? Isn´t that awesome? My last vacation was on January 2008. Some friends have a yatch and invited me for a 3 week journey to the San Blas Islands (Kunayala). There, too, there´s nothing to see. In those islands live the proud Kunas. They live the same way they did before Columbus discovered America. It wasn´t a cruise: I was a member of the small crew.
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Feb 10
I think you showed me this one before. And yes, sad that so many people are struggling just to eat and to live and never have the time to see all the wonders in the world.
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@marguicha (91714)
• Chile
17 Feb 10
Probably I did you you this picture before, dawn. But I took a lot of pictures in this trip and I don´t know which ones I have posted. I´m sad too about all the poor people of the earth. But these children in the picture are not poor: they are just different from us. They laugh and play. They are happy. What I was pitying was all the people who have the means to see, but don´t take the time. You saw the little bent tree, but some people will not see a giant oak.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
17 Feb 10
Sometimes it is a blessing in disguise to be a guide to foreign relatives on a visit as we can enjoy the scenery at the same time. It is an opportunity for us to discover the wonders of nature too. Maybe you can revisit the place and check whether the tree that has captivated you is still standing tall.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Feb 10
I would love to get back there this year...
@p1kef1sh (45642)
17 Feb 10
The answer my friend is blowing in the wind.....
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Feb 10
through the pine needles...
@p1kef1sh (45642)
17 Feb 10
I was going to say "On a mountain in Virginia stands a lonesome Pine" but that'd be ridiculous unless Yosemite now takes in virtually the entire USA!
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Feb 10
Yeah they call it greater Yosemite...
• Australia
17 Feb 10
I love the tree Dawn, but the rocks capture my attention. I love rock formations. Your in-law reminds me of an interview I heard with a Yosemite Park ranger. He was stopped by a tourist who told him he only had 30 minutes to spare, so what should he do? The ranger replied he should sit down and cry.
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
17 Feb 10
Can I borrow that ranger's reply. I am a visitor guide and so often I have people tell me that they have 20 minutes.......
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Feb 10
I love that. And he was so right. We spend a day in Yosemite Valley and a day going over Tioga pass with stops at Tuolumne Meadows, etc., and didn't come anywhere near to seeing a fraction of it all.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
18 Feb 10
Hmmmmmmmm .....strange....very strange.....
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Feb 10
strange but purdy...
@much2say (38813)
• United States
17 Feb 10
How can anyone say there is nothing to see at a national park? Sheesh! I assume they must not be a nature love by any means. I would love to go visit Yosemite (we haven't yet) and the geysers there . . . we've seen all kinds of documentaries on it! Cute little bent tree . . . maybe he straighted up and got bigger - hee hee. A lot can happen in 2 years!
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Feb 10
Bit of a dismissive know it all, but not a bad guy, really. He just had made his mind up about the coast and didn't want to talk about diversions.... Yellowstone is the one with the geysers, but it's awesome too.
@savypat (20247)
• United States
17 Feb 10
Well I haven't been to Yosemite for many years, but trees that grow in the wild can withstand many difficult things and still grow. It may spend it's life stunted and will never be a tall straight tree, but could live many years.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Feb 10
and be the subject of many photographs!
@23uday (2998)
• India
17 Feb 10
hi friend, Its another new avatar. Its nice little bent tree avatar. You taken good photo of bent tree. have a good day.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Feb 10
Hm, maybe the bent tree should be my avatar... (insert thinking smiley here)