Saturday, November 19, 2011

On The Willows





On the willows. there
We hung up our lyres
For our captors there
Required of us songs
And our tormentors mirth
Saying, sing us one of the songs of Zion

Lyrics to "On The Willows" from Godspell


Aren't these golden willows stunning? When I saw them, they almost literally took my breath away. As long as I have been taking pictures of trees, and love the willows, I have never seen any turn gold in the fall. How can that be? It made me think of these lines from one of my favorite songs, and from The Psalms. I am taking a computer break Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, so I will be back visiting and posting on Thanksgiving Day. Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!



“By the rivers of Babylon,
There we sat down and wept,
When we remembered Zion.
Upon the willows in the midst of it
We hung our harps.
For there our captors demanded of us songs,
And our tormentors mirth, saying,
“Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”
How can we sing the LORD’S song
In a foreign land?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
May my right hand forget her skill.
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth “
Psalm 137

43 comments:

Arti said...

This is so so beautiful Ginny, what gorgeous colors... Loved it, never seen a tree like this one before...
Enjoy your break!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

A tree with leaves of pure gold. Wow,that's pretty. Have a wonderful week.

Regina said...

They are so lovely Ginny..really, and the song is beautiful!! Again, what a gorgeous header this made!
Well, I've taken off myself for awhile and not sure when I can get a post up. Maybe before Thanksgiving? Just wanted to say hi..wishing you a great weekend-

S. Etole said...

They truly are beautiful. When I go to Rochester in the fall these are turning color in the southern part of the state.

Bobbi said...

Beautiful pictures Ginny. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family... be safe and enjoy!

Karin said...

What stunning trees and such great photos! You must not have had too windy days for the leaves to still be on the trees like that! Seems around here when they change color, the winds arrive like clockwork to strip the trees bare. The gorgeousness doesn't stay on for long! Have a fabulous Thanksgiving week!

reanaclaire said...

Yes, the willows are very beautiful.. so golden in color!

Sharon said...

Beautiful Willows, that's how my Cypress tree was this year, I could look at it all day!

If I don't see you then, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

I was gonna comment on your beautiful, stunning, header and scrolled down only to find MORE gorgeous photos of the trees. Wow. [And those high heeled sneakers? ---What'll they think of next? Altho, if I were 40 years younger, I can see me buying a pair. LOL]

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

I wish our willow had not have died, its was beautiful. You have some lovely shots of this awesome tree.

Hope your day is blessed.

Sandra said...

enjoy your break, I like the golden willow draping its arms over the red tree. these are amazing and a sight I have not seen either. you will not miss anything on my blog because it is all dogs for a few days

Ma said...

I don't think I've ever seen anything like this. I love willows, and the verse goes so well.

Have a nice break!

Ann said...

they are gorgeous trees. The house that my family lived in until I was 5 had a huge willow tree in the back yard and I loved that tree

pam said...

We have a giant curly weeping willow tree and a regular weeping willow....I do not recall either of them turning colors. They are both certainly still green here. Hmmm, it is beautiful!

Maple Lane said...

Ginny, thank you for sharing these gorgeous pictures! Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving week.

Filip Demuinck said...

In our region, we have similar threes but they stey green. Nice pictures.

Greetings,
Filip

Kerrie said...

So beautiful! And I love that hymn, I have it on a Gospel Album of Willie Nelson...Hugs, K

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Ginny, How beautiful! I love your pictures today! Have a super day and enjoy those trees!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Yes these golden willows are gorgeous...Happy Thanksgiving to you as I will blog very little this week

Stephanie V said...

Enjoy your holiday.

Fred Alton said...

Those are gorgeoous golden colors and I'm sure I've never seen any just that color before! Beautiful, Ginny.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Beautiful photos and such pretty colors. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

SweetMarie said...

Beautiful post! Such amazing color! Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Annie said...

My gosh that tree is gorgeous, Ginny. It makes me think of Jason and the Golden Fleece only the entire tree is that much sought after golden treasure.

SquirrelQueen said...

They are beautiful trees. I had never noticed them either until we moved to this neighborhood, several of our neighbors have them in their yards. But all of these lost their leaves in the last wind storm.

I love those high heel sneakers in your last post.

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Lady Jane said...

My laptop wont let me post to my blog, am awaiting my puter to be repaired. I hope, lol... Just wanted to stop by and wish you and your wonderful family a very Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs to you all, LJ

missing moments said...

Those trees are gorgeous Ginny ... you always find such remarkable images!

Sarah (Nikki) said...

your headers and pictures always always grab me and then your amazing words and verses bring it all together. have a great day out there Ginny

Melanie said...

Those are beautiful, Ginny!

Chatty Crone said...

Those are breathtakingly beautiful!

Have a great blog break! sandie

Glenda said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Ginny! Hope you and your family have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

Darlene said...

Such beautiful photos! Enjoy your break, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I don't think I've ever seen yellow willow trees either, Ginny. They look so beautiful! I remember you found other beautiful gold trees last year around this time of the year.

In case I don't get a chance to visit Thursday I am wishing you and your family a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

The Café Sucré Farine said...

These pictures are truly breathtaking! God has been so kind to give us such an incredibly beautiful world to live in! We have much to be thankful for!

barbara l. hale said...

Gorgeous trees! Wonderful photos.

Sonya Lee said...

I was thinking the same thing when I saw these photo's. I've never seen willows turn golden like this! Blessings to you and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Lynn said...

Ginny, What a stunning willow tree. I have never seen one turn this golden color either. You know I lived in Manasass, VA briefly for 3 months way back in 1979. We moved Veterans Day and left in a snowstorm in Feb, hehe. However, the point is we were coming from the NE where it was really cold when we left, the day after we moved into our rental home, I made a picnic in our backyard for my 2 little girls. It was beautiful weather and I was doubly blessed to basically see the foliage twice that year. Once in NY state and again in VA. I think HE knew it would be 20 years before I saw foliage season again. Wanted to stop by and wish you and your beautiful family a very beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for being a special friend in blogland.

Mary said...

Ginny, I know you don't have a computer at your disposal but I wanted to jump in here to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you have a glorious time together. Blessings...Mary

Nature Rambles said...

Oh to see a tree as beautiful as that!! Wonderful series of photos again, Ginny! Hope you have a good Thanksgiving break!

Nezzy said...

What a beautiful share that is!

It reminds me of the days spent under the willow in my uncles front yard in Albuqureque. My cousins and I spent hours in our secret place.

God bless ya and have a wonderfully blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving with your family sweetie.

BTW: If ya get a chance....

Giveaway...my place...ya'll come!!!

Woohoo!!!! :o)

Rose said...

Your photos took my breath away, too....I had just seen some the other day but was on a road I could not stop...

Came by to say Happy Thanksgiving. See you next week, I guess.

S. Etole said...

Many blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving season. I am thankful for all that you share with us.