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Plantidote of the Day 2010-12-21

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winter tree

Tree in winter

Correntian Eureka Springs shot this striking image of a tree silhouetted against a stormy sky in Missouri's Mark Twain National Park. For some reason, it reminded me of winter solstice, which, of course, is today. Tomorrow, the days will start growing longer. For some of us, extra daylight, even if it's only a few minutes, is something to celebrate. It means we've turned the corner. Spring is not that far off. Before long, we'll be watching new plants push their way up through the soil, reaching for the sun. It can't happen soon enough.

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Submitted by jerztomato on

Was that a morning or early evening shot? Love the color.

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Submitted by Eureka Springs on

sunset shot. It's an ancient oak tree in my yard. the fact no other large trees are around it allows for some great late afternoon shots. Just bought a telephoto lens and hope to catch a decent shot of bald eagles in it soon... they winter in my valley. Sometimes 20 or more lounge in one large tree.

Thanks twig, I'm going to become a plantadote groupie now...)

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Submitted by twig on

Wow, ES, I had no idea :-) Anyway, glad to hear you're converting ... however, next time I hear from you, there better a bald eagle involved (kidding!)

THANKS for all your amazing photos. I don't know what we would do without you, seriously!

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Submitted by jumpjet on

I don't suppose you have it in a savable format? It would make a great desktop background.

Submitted by lambert on

... with a switch I didn't throw to "On" because I wasn't sure how the posters would feel about copyright.

So, I threw the switch just now, and although it makes a satisfying thunk, the wires don't seem to be connected to anything....

NOTE To remove any sense of randomness, the site software, drupal, has a "core" that's as rugged and reliable as they come. Then there are fuzzy dice, "contributed" things like lightboxes, which are sometimes a bit quirky...