June 3, 2010

Old Friends

When I saw these two trees, of approximately the same age, growing close together on a ridge, I was reminded of the Simon and Garfunkel song, "Old Friends".
The trees are different species, (Douglas Fir on the left, and Limber Pine on the right) but they've been sitting on this ridge "like bookends", companions through summer and winter, probably for well over 100 years.
They've seen a lot of things change as they hung out together, admiring the view.
But fortunately for them, in this remote location,
a lot has remained exactly the same.
Lyrics to song:
Old friends, old friends sat on their parkbench like bookends
A newspaper blowin' through the grass
Falls on the round toes of the high shoes of the old friends.
Old friends, winter companions, the old men
Lost in their overcoats, waiting for the sun
The sounds of the city sifting through trees
Settles like dust on the shoulders of the old friends.
Can you imagine us years from today, sharing a parkbench quietly
How terribly strange to be seventy.
Old friends, memory brushes the same years, silently sharing the same fears.
A time it was
It was a time
A time of innocence
A time of confidences.
Long ago it must be
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They're all that's left you.

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  1. No con-trails when the first sprouted but the topography hasn't changed. Nice post, a reminder that though some things change others remain the same.

  2. i would have to check that simon and garfunkel song.

    happy weekend.

  3. I just love your observations, Janie, and your beautiful scenic shots.

  4. beautiful trees..and beautiful photos...

  5. I had to smile as I was just listening to Simon and Garfunkle and Old Friends was one of the songs on my CD. I love your photos, as always, and like Carol, I always enjoy your observations. Delightful post -- again, as always! Enjoy your weekend, Janie!


  6. A sweet photo essay!
    Lovely shots and words Janie.

  7. Great trees, and a great old S&G tune. On dry ridges, big old Doug Firs & Limber Pines could easily be several hundred years old.

  8. what a sweet thought and way of looking at these two trees. I like this idea. & the view really is incredible too.

  9. Beautiful set of photos and words.

    Have a great weekend

  10. What a wonderful analogy about the trees Janie.
    Lovely photos...But oh, if those trees could talk.

  11. This is heart-warming to see the friendship of two trees. Happy trees, not falling to the axe as so many do.
    Wonderful pictures, Janie, well done again! Enjoy your lovely country site and have a happy weekend. T.

  12. Nice to know that a few things can stay unchanged, like old friends.

  13. Wow! I almost posted companion trees this evening to go with a Mary Oliver poem. I love the images you paint with your words around these beauties!

  14. Spectacular shots, very scenic. I am amazed at the second shot.

  15. Awesome shots! I love the vibrant blue colors of the skies...

    Pixellicious Photos

  16. The photographs are beautiful and crystal clear. And you have such a way with telling stories with your photos. Love it!

  17. Beautiful skies over even more breathtaking countryside. I love the way you put your thoughts into words, Janie. Touching song...

  18. What a neat tribute to old friends, the changes they've seen and the things that remain the same. The pictures are gorgeous.

  19. Hi Janie, I remember that song.... And those trees are a perfect example of 'old friends'... The more things change, the more they remain the same... I think that is true!!!!!

    Great post... Thanks!

  20. Ah, I remember the song well. Wonderful post.

  21. Gorgeous skies and scenery. It was nice to reminisce about S&G, and Old Friends. =)

  22. Janie, this is such a lovely post and your reflection. I often will sit on a beach here and wonder what the shore line looked like and how the first explorers saw this amazing world. Nature puts us in our place gently! Thank you for sharing.

  23. Have a wonderful weekend in this fabulous place dear Janie!

  24. What a unique and beautiful post! I love your take on the two "old friends" and I also love Simon and Garfunkel songs. "Old Friends" is the perfect song for this post.

  25. Those two old trees also have a terrific view! Wow! I can't believe how crystal clear the air and sky look. What fabulous scenes...so untouched by humans! Thanks for stopping by at my SWF. Enjoy the weekend.

  26. The Firmament of Ultramarine is really splendid!!

    The scene is really sublime beauty.
    All this space is calm, and tranquil.
    Beautiful time...

    All is the view thrown open.

    Thank you.
    From the Far East.



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