Skywatch Friday: Stairway to Heaven

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I met this tree along a walk in Litchfield a couple Sundays ago. The shape and brightness of the trunk made me think of a church steeple. The branches brought to mind the spiral stairs of my own church; the complicated, somewhat erratic shape of these branches made me think life is no simple walk along the road even at the best of times--and the times are always at their best, somehow.

Skywatch Friday

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  1. Your sky is so blue in the photo. Beautiful!

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  2. Never before seen a tree like that one! Now, I am wondering how beautiful it will be with leaves. . . you caught some nice contrasts between the trunk and the branches.

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  3. great title and great explanation....

    Gill in Canada

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  4. Anonymous3:29 PM

    Beautiful shot Sandy and the tree really does look like a stairway to heaven. I love your thoughts on life.

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  5. Very nice photo and a lovely sentiment to go with it. Have a nice weekend!

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  6. Hi Sandy you really are in tune with things, very aptly named picture.
    Lovely tree and sky through it.
    While its hard to believe that we need the struggle of the steps through life.
    It would be boring if it was all plain sailing.

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  7. Beautiful Sandy, the stark tree against this brilliant blue sky. Very symbolic thoughts. Have a nice weekend.

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  8. interesting, i wouldn't want to go that staircase alone. great that we have inspiration to guide us in our paths.

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  9. Anonymous4:06 PM

    Love the blue!!

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  10. Anonymous4:11 PM

    love your words and of course the shot of the very interesting tree against the blue sky.
    have a good weekend.

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  11. Beautiful blue sky, and a tree with great character. Loved your musings about it.

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  12. I just love how your mind works. And your eye. Wonderful shot, wonderful ... quote to go with it.

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  13. Poetic. You're so right, it is a complicated, somewhat erratic road. Great angle on your shot! I love that perspective!

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  14. Sandy, that's a very deep thought! I like the way you explain how the photo was taken. Thanks.

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  15. Your post is like a breath of fresh air! Taking it in, I am. ;-)

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  16. Great title, what a fantastic shot of this unique tree.

    Have a great weekend!
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

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  17. Oh I see what you see now that you mentioned it. It's a wonderful post.

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  18. Anonymous4:51 PM

    Great description, added so much to my appreciation of this grand old tree!

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  19. Stunning, dramatic shot! Love the blue, blue sky, the old tree and I particularly love your words. Have a great weekend!

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  20. Great blue color! Love the title, it really looks like a stairway! And I love that song!

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  21. Such a wonderful photograph. I half expected to see an eagles nest at the top...it is a perfect snag for one. I enjoyed your commentary on how you saw it. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.
    Smiles

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  22. I like the photo you posted but I just dearly love the sentence you wrote: "....life is no simple walk in the best of times -- and the times are always at their best, somehow. Wow! I love that. That line is going into my favorite quotes book.

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  23. I like the photo you posted but I just dearly love the sentence you wrote: "....life is no simple walk in the best of times -- and the times are always at their best, somehow. Wow! I love that. That line is going into my favorite quotes book.

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  24. Such a tree, and what a photo! The perspective shows the 'stairway' perfectly.

    Your insights and photos go together so beautifully, and this is one of my favourites yet. Thanks Sandy!

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  25. Such a tree, and what a photo! The perspective shows the 'stairway' perfectly.

    Your insights and photos go together so beautifully, and this is one of my favourites yet. Thanks Sandy!

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  26. A stairway for monkeys. tee hee... Happy weekend.

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  27. Anonymous6:13 PM

    Looks dead and pretty, the sky is so clear and blue. Wonderful shot Sandy. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. :) smile Jesus loves you.

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  28. Hi Sandy, you do sooooo goood with those words. I was seeing your church while peeking at the tree and doing the reading.
    You sky is very blue as well. No blue skies here today, we have rain all day but north of here (here = Southeast Texas) there is snow, a lot.
    ..

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  29. Fantastic shot. It reminds me of thorns.

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  30. Very creative photo.

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  31. Unusual image and angle, very eyecatching.

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  32. Lovely photo of the tree. Love the way you capture it. Have a nice weekend, Sandy.

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  33. view a great view of this lovely old tree and of your explanation as well Sandy!

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  34. Nicely done! I can picture the stairway easily.

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  35. The tree must be flattered. :)
    Beautiful shot!

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  36. Good analogy! And great sky photo!

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  37. Great perspective on this tree reaching for the sky!

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  38. An interesting thought. I always like trees with bare branches. they have so much character.

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  39. I love the way how you show the sky, with the tree. Excellent shot.

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  40. wonderful image and such a blue sky! Yes life's walk can have many paths to take and one never knows what they will find along the way.

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  41. how beautiful! the title fits perfectly!

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  42. Excellent composition, a very impressive tree.
    Have a nice weekend!

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  43. I love the title, great composition!

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  44. I like the thoughts behind this picture Sandy... I've walked such a road at times... but it seems the ways clear now.. :O)

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  45. Anonymous10:02 AM

    very clever correlation of image and title and word.

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  46. How refreshing to hear you say "I met this tree", I feel the same way about trees and it's really neat when one speaks back like this one did for you. Lovely bond.

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  47. I'm still giggling over "I met this tree. . ." :) My son would shimmy to the top of that pronto! :)

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  48. Wonderful spot and then capture and angle.

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  49. Oh I love this .. has anyone climbed it?

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  50. A beautiful old tree.

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  51. There's always something spiritual about a tree.

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  52. Cool! Love the title and the tree. Trees can be such interesting subjects. I had one of my Odd Shot Monday post.

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  53. What a delightful caption for your tree. It is a fine one! And a beautiful photo.

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  54. Sandy, what a fascinating photos! Great job!

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  55. Do the elderly have trouble with the stairs in your church? Pappy

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  56. There is a lot of thoughts in this tree. It must have seen a lot.

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  57. This is really a very special tree with its white trunk !

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  58. How interesting to think of a stairway to heaven, but you're so right! I had some catching up to do, I love the pictures you published, as always.

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  59. I love your choice of title for this post. Those branches look like steps going up to the sky.

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  60. That's a lovely post....thanks for stopping by. Happy SWF! :)

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  61. What dramatic contrasts!

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  62. PERFECT title for this amazing shot of the tree against beautiful blue skies!
    Hugs and blessings,

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  63. I would never have seen the church analogies. Wonderful.

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  64. Love the tree-it is very striking. And I liked your thoughts about it too.

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  65. Trees are wonderful, as they give us life.

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  66. I really like this tree and the view to the sky. It almost looks as though the tree had been on fire at one time

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