6/2/17

To SIT BENEATH A TREE and Read


With this week's Sepia Saturday as a prompt I'm reminded of one of my favorite photos from my book Tattered and Lost: The Quiet Art of Reading. I have no information about this woman who long ago chose to sit at the base of this tree and read, but I understand the lure.

In the summer I like to sit in the shade, hear a light breeze rustling the leaves, and enjoy reading outside. Of course I usually fall asleep.


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11 comments:

  1. What a wonderfully calming video. I can see the attraction of reading beneath leafy branches like that.

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    1. It allows you to quietly capture those moments from when you were a kid and summer was a wonder.

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  2. I always prefer sitting in the shade rather than in the sun.

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    1. The shade is always more subtle and comforting.

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  3. Me too, reading under a tree has always been a favorite activity!

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  4. You paint with your words and pictures such a lovely calming world.

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    1. Thank you. Sometimes I just have to escape the swirling world going on around me.

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  5. I agree, sitting in the shade of a tree on a hot day is ideal. The lady in your photograph doesn't seem to have found very much in the way of shade but perhaps she the tree is protecting her from wind instead. The only problem I find is that the sun's constant movement means that you also need to move to avoid getting hot because the shade has been lost or getting too cold because it's too shady, but some people are just never satisfied!

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  6. And that photo was from the days when "reading novels" was one reason women were sent to asylums.

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    1. Whoa, I'd never heard about that. Very scary. Actually, insane.

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