A Sad Goodbye – WPC

“A fool sees not the same tree a wise man sees.”

William Blake

AUTUMN ASPENS

AUTUMN ASPENS, COLORADO

This week, sadly, we say goodbye to the WP-supported Weekly Photo Challenge. My first WPC response, believe it or not, was nearly 6 years ago in August of 2012. For that challenge, “Growth”,  I posted a photo essay about a visit to the Redwood forests of California – definitely an All Time Favorite. That post can be seen here.  I thought it only natural that this final WPC response also be about trees. This time the magnificent redwoods are joined by shimmering aspen groves and ancient live oaks dripping with Spanish Moss among others.

LIFE SUPPORT

LIFE SUPPORT

“Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.”

Karle Wilson Baker

Saying goodbye to something we hold dear is never easy.  That point was driven home inexorably in a novel I’ve just finished, The Overstory by Richard Powell. Apparently, Mr Powell shares my sense of awe and wonder at the magnificence of trees as well as their importance as a key element of our world. He weaves myth, science, and character development into a compelling story both lyrical and imaginative. 

AMONG THE GIANTS

AMONG THE GIANTS

“Into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”

John Muir

Mr. Powell’s novel has received rave reviews, and rightly so.  Scientific facts are presented in a way that is both understandable and wondrous. Landmark historical events are woven within the context of his story’s development, and characters are written in a way that we truly care what happens to them. Plot lines that seem far-fetched, such as living on a platform high in a giant redwood for a year or environmental protesters camping out in forest areas slated for clear-cutting are in fact based on actual events.

SPIRIT OF THE SWAMP

SPIRIT OF THE SWAMP

“A forest is not a wilderness, but a community of souls who speak to one another on the wind.”

Anthony T. Hincks

The novel focuses on the nature of trees and forests; their place in our ecosystem, our growing knowledge of their complexity, and the essential importance of their contribution to our planet. Our future – the air we breathe, the climate in which we exist, the food we eat and the creatures by which we are surrounded – all these and more depend on the forests we have only recently begun to appreciate.

THREE LIVE OAKS

THREE LIVE OAKS

“Listen, and you can hear the forest breathe.”

Louis L’Amour

I found the way the author personified the trees and the forests to be one of the more interesting aspects of the novel.  Much as we now know dolphins and whales can communicate without human-defined language, so too Mr. Powell encourages us to believe that trees have a compelling message to deliver, if only we are open to hearing it.

FOREST PRIMEVAL

FOREST FLOOR

“The world’s forests are shared stolen treasure that we must put back for our children’s future.”

Desmond Tutu

Compellingly presented through his characters’ experiences, Mr. Powell’s outlook on the future of our forests, and therefore our planet, is somewhat pessimistic. Rather than a dire prediction, let us hope his means instead to awaken us to the fact that the world’s resources will thrive only when we begin to recognize their importance.

The Overstory is the first work I’ve read that comes close to portraying the emotions I felt walking among the redwoods. Then and now, words fail to describe the power and grandeur of these massive specimens. In my previous post I mentioned a National Geographic photograph which can now be found here. The photo is actually a composite of 83 photographs and is the only one I’ve seen that even begins to show the immensity and majesty of these titans. A copy of the photograph from the original 2009 issue still hangs in my home office.

As for me, The Weekly Photo Challenge may be gone but I will still be posting, as I hope will most of the other participants. Perhaps we will find a new way to continue the community we’ve grown to know and appreciate through the years.  

A special thanks to Sally of LensandPens for the book recommendation, as well as a sincere thanks to the editorial team at WordPress for their creativity and commitment to us all. It was so much fun to see their “all time favorites” – I look forward to seeing yours!

 

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”

Imogen Cunningham

 

 

 

 

 

134 thoughts on “A Sad Goodbye – WPC

  1. I was really sad to see that WPC would be no longer also, Tina. Although I did not participate, I truly enjoyed seeing what people did with the prompts. So much talent and so many were so unique.

    Your photos are just beautiful. There is just something about trees. They tell a story.

    I especially love “Spirit of the Swamp.” So nicely done.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. 🙂 Dear Tina,
    I’m really sad that the WPC will stop. It was fun to join the challenges and to see what other bloggers made of it.
    Have a very HAPPY day and greetings from Vienna,
    Claudia 🙂

  4. A magnificent last WPC post Tina but I was so pleased that you still plan to keep sharing your beautiful photos with us and also the very appropriate sayings that you find to accompany them. I will search out Richard Powell’s book it sounds an inspiring read, thank you for the recommendation. I know we are all going to miss our weekly fix. I looked forward to the challenge and will definitely miss it.

  5. Sounds like an intriguing novel, Tina. Nothing like a good read where you can get lost in what you love – lost in nature up in your imagination 🙂 Very sad to the the Weekly Photo Challenge go. I think that was how I stumbled across your blog. It was amazing how that challenge connected so many of us here on WP. It was like we all had something in common. Nevertheless, new adventures ahead 🙂

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  7. I share your love to trees. Always when I walk through forest I am the luckiest woman on earth.
    There is a book in Germany which explains the communication between trees: The facts are amazing!

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  9. A gracious ending to a sad turn of events! I’m not sure if I’m going to take part in the last WordPress Photo Challenge – I don’t think it was a respectful way to treat the community.

  10. These are all beautiful! Keep on keeping on! We’re just getting in to your travel season and I live vicariously through your beautiful journey
    photos.

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  12. Beautiful post. I have so enjoyed the posts and the pictures. This post is extraordinary in its beauty of the trees. I love trees, and think of them as God’s great gift to humans. When I walk through the forst, I sometimes talk to the trees.

    • Many thanks Douglas. Loved your comments about trees as a great gift. Whether our readers believe in God or the universe, or something else entirely, they are indeed a wonderful gift.

  13. As always, I love your photos and your insights. The book sounds interesting. And, if you choose to add to your resume’, you could also be an author!

  14. I loved participating in WPC when it was on Fridays. When it switched, I had to drop it because it just didn’t fit with the rest of my obligations. But, I’m sorry to see it go because it was a wonderful community of amazing photographers. And, please, don’t go anywhere because I certainly got my SC fix looking at the beautiful egrets, spanish moss and live oaks. Gorgeous photography as always. 🙂

  15. Definitely a sad goodbye. I hope you will continue to post your beautiful photos. I have enjoyed them very much.
    Hope to be back in September.

  16. I’ve loved getting to know you through The Weekly Photo Challenge Tina, and then having the great pleasure of meeting you here at home. The “Challenge” may be over but I look forward to continuing to enjoy Travel and Trifles whenever you have the urge to share your gems with us. Today’s final images are as lovely as ever, particularly as they include one of my favourites. Warmest wishes…Andrew

  17. I hope you don’t mind Tina but I have used that great quote you have at the end of your post today in my own WPC post – It said it all. Thank you.

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  19. A fitting tribute to the WPC, which I know we will miss. The book sounds fascinating and i will be adding to my list of books to read.

  20. I will comment officially regarding your blog when I have internalized all of this. What really gets me is not the closing down of it, but the arrogance to shut it down immediately and the official communication about it not giving a logical reason. In other not being truthful why they are shutting it down

    • Oh my Abrie, sounds like a conspiracy theory at work. I suspect the editors are simply moving on to new challenges and it will be up to us to figure out a way to keep it going without their inclusion. I know we can do it!!

  21. Isn’t it such a bummer?! I haven’t posted as much lately, but the WPC was a great way to get to know and then stay connected with many bloggers. I am sure I “met” you here! Trees are a lovely way to finish up, and yours are spectacular!

  22. Tina, it is a sad goodbye…I would never have found your blog (and many others) without the WPC! I bought the book on Kindle just now. I love trees, your photos and quotes just bring out the magic of them even more so! When I post my WPC on Friday, I am including links of other photo challenges for which we can get our weekly fixes!

  23. So sorry WPC is ending, I really enjoyed participating and seeing the creativity of others. You were a fantastic inspiration 🙂

  24. Hi, Tina. Beautiful images and a moving tribute to the WPC. I agree it’s sad that the editors are “moving on” to other projects. The challenges have been great fun, but I think we can continue. I’d like to propose that people who are interested take turns suggesting a weekly challenge theme. Anyone who chooses to join can submit their post and link to the original post of the theme/challenge. What do you think?

  25. Beautiful post and images, Tina. Thanks for the recommendation on the book. I am enjoying it very much. Saying goodbye to WPC will open the door to new ways of thinking creatively for you. Freedom!

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