Saturday, March 7, 2009

Shadows on the Wall

This is a small 'hope' tree I have on my front porch year round. It is decorated with three different colored tin stars and is lighted. I like this image for the shadow of the star on the wall of the house and for the shadows of the branches on the star itself.



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Edited in response to comments: When I was searching for a new home in West Virginia I drove around many areas trying to find the “spot” I would call home. It didn’t seem to matter where I went or which neighborhood or town I was in they all had one thing in common. There always seemed to be a little grapevine or alpine tree or trees on the front porch. They all looked so homey. I saw log cabins, ranch houses, and townhouses with trees. The idea crossed lines too between the wealthy and not so wealthy. In Virginia my neighbors would have thought I was crazy to have a Christmas tree up all year. But here in the mountains, I knew I wanted one.When I walked into the house I eventually bought there was a fully decorated alpine tree in the corner with a small welcome sign underneath. The realtor explained that the homeowner called it her hope tree. I placed mine on my front porch and the stars are always on it and often I add other little decorations like plastic easter eggs at Easter. It's done with the hope that all who enter will feel welcome when they approach my front door.

27 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a perfect shot for SSS! It's beautiful! Have a great weekend!

Raven said...

What a lovely shadow is cast by the star. What is a 'Hope' tree? I have never heard of it before.

Hey Harriet said...

I've never heard of a hope tree before but what a wonderful idea! This is such a pretty shadow shot. Thanks for sharing your lovely hope tree. I may need to go google 'hope trees' now :)

Thom said...

Wonderful picture. You are awesome at that Carletta. I also would like to know what a hope tree is? I've never heard of it either. I Googled it and get a lot of hope tree organizations etc.

Rose said...

Didn't you write about this early in your blog? Seems like I remember reading it...or it may have been more recent. I know, i will go do a search and see what I can find. bye for now!

Rose said...

Okay, it was on Dec 9, 2007 that you wrote about it...I liked the idea when I read it before and I still like it.

Dina said...

A hope tree! What a good idea.

jo said...

I love trees...your shot is lovely too

quilly said...

I have never heard of a hope tree, but I understand the premise. There is a tradition that my grandmother followed: if the year was good, then a bit of Christmas remained up until the next Christmas, when the year was again assessed. If the year was bad, then all of Christmas was packed away before the first day of the New Year, so nothing contaminated the hope of a new beginning.

Perhaps these traditions share a common root.

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

An adorable shot from your hope tree. This is new to me. Hope it's always give you the good thoughts.

Enjoy the SSS...

The Texican said...

Just dropping by to let you know I'm still dropping by. Have a great Sunday. Pappy

Lisa B. said...

What a sweet tradition and some sweet shadows!!

Sweet Repose said...

We all have to have a little bit of hope and what a sweet reminder to be hopeful, good shot!

Debbie said...

I have never heard of a hope tree and I love yours. Carletta, you are just so darn creative and peaceful and content and happy and I just love visiting you!

Now I must get me a hope tree :)

I'd like a "hang your troubles by the door" tree for when I come home from work. Um...will give some thought to that. Any ideas?

Happily Retired Gal said...

Lovely Shadow Shot and I think the idea of a hope tree is marvelous! Thanks for sharing ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

dot said...

The star made a perfect shadow. Very pretty shot!!

Greyscale Territory said...

Your hope tree is such a wonderful idea!

And the star looks so sweetly artistic in shadow!

Gorgeous shot!

bobbie said...

The perfect shadow.

Alissa Nicolau said...

I like the double shadow effect.

PJ said...

Now I have a new gardening project, a hope tree. Wonderful, Carletta. Happy SSS!

Janice Thomson said...

That is really neat Carletta! LOve seeing the star shadow.

Carla said...

how perfect! Neat idea for a camera meme:)

Raven said...

I love this picture and I just love the idea of a hope tree. I have to see if I can come up with a version of this for indoors that also can't be killed by neglect or Angel cat.

Pietro said...

I like this composition, Carletta! Lovely shadows.

Jientje said...

A hope tree, what a wonderful idea, thanks for the explanation! At first I thought it was your Christmas tree that was still up!

Aqeel said...

i found it very nice

shaaka said...

hey that is a really nice picture. looks like you have a wonderful talent and i think the hope tree is an interesting idea. am very impressed.