Tulip tree in winter

2013-11-20 16.08.04The beauty of dormancy

And open space,

Tulip Tree in winter

A tulip tree towers above the corner of northeast Fifteenth Avenue and Wiedler Street in Portland, Oregon. Once endangered by progress, the tree was saved by neighborhood and city planners. In spring, its branches drape toward the small restaurant near its massive trunk. Light green leaves sway in the breeze, each leaf a child’s idea of a tulip in silhouette. Its magnolia- glossy flowers perch above the leaves, so are rarely seen. In fall, the leaves develop peach, orange and daffodil hues. In winter, its reach and power is revealed. Afternoon light illumines lovely negative space between strong, dark branches. The tulip tree stands, dormant and alive in the cold, setting sun.

Below this graceful power, we meet, sit, read, munch croissants, wait for the bus, protest wars, discuss love, life, environment, hug goodbye, and occasionally, we glance up.

(Liriodendron tulipifera)