Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Immortal


The very first trees to bloom around here in the spring are the Bradford Pear Trees. If the forsythia and redbud shout with color and joy, then the pear trees whisper with elegance and understatement. There are over 3,000 different varieties of pears, and before there was tobacco in Europe, people smoked pear leaves! Pear wood is used to make furniture and other things, it does not warp. And the Chinese consider the pear to be a symbol of immortality, the destruction of a pear tree symbolizing untimely death. Think you are not immortal? Think again.


“In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true: Death swallowed by triumphant Life! Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who's afraid of you now? It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!”
1 Corinthians 15

32 comments:

Annie said...

I am agog. This landscape is beyond beautiful.

reanaclaire said...

I am truly amazed by the beauty of the landscaping! How I wish I could see them for real....

BlueShell said...

here I am again...and I find beauty!
So, so, so, so beautiful...seem like snow....
That is a Gorgeous place....
Love
BShell

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Wow, the huge lines of them are just gorgeous!

Remington said...

They are BEAUTIFUL! I have never seen anything like that....do they smell good too? I wish I had all of those in Remington Drive! Everyone would come over just to look at them....AWESOME!

Ann said...

The whiteness, looks so pure.

Re: Garage sale, first count was $3000, there were also donations buckets.

The Café Sucré Farine said...

"The grass withers, the flower fades, the Word of God remains forever" - we don't have to worry about being immortal if we know the One who is! Amazing photos, amazing grace!

Ma said...

Surreal!

Chatty Crone said...

Can't you just imagine a horse drawn white carriage and white horses and a bride and groom going down the path? Love, sandie

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh my gosh....even your background for your blog template is adorned with the same beauty!!!!

The white, and purity of the blossoms are perfect for this week....Easter....and yet some of the gorgeous photos you've shared makes some of the trees look like heavily covered in frost.

Sandra said...

my chin has dropped to my chest and I can't pick it up. these are awesome, stunning. i have never seen anything like them. even here in Florida our trees are not in rows like this. just fantastic, thanks so much for sharing them and the info. did not know they built things with pear wood, i just thought we ate the pears. amaziing

Thistle Cove Farm said...

You've captured their beauty and elegance perfectly!

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DawnTreader said...

This looks amazing. I'm afraid the forecast here for Good Friday is we might have white trees for quite different reason (snow).

From the Kitchen said...

Your photos today are simply breathtaking!! We don't see many Bradford Pears around here because it's usually very windy in the spring and they are susceptible to breaking off. It has been awhile since I was in Virginia so haven't seen them in all their glory for too long.

Best,
Bonnie

Joanne said...

That second picture looks like something from a fairy tale! I love it! I had no idea that pear trees started off in the spring like that.
Blessings, Joanne

Tracy said...

'Immortal, Invisible God's only son!" that word makes me want to break out in song...I love bradford pears to look at but my do they smell! Gorgeous photos and love the verse...

LV said...

I thought I had died and gone to heaven, when your post came up. One of the most gorgeous sights ever. I had one of these trees, but it never made it. To answer your question, my husband I traveled a lot before his health got bad. Yes, I have been to all those places. I live at the last one.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Those trees are simply amazing! Beautiful photos, Ginny! Thanks for sharing.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

They may not have the colour,but they definitely have stunning beauty. I love those rows of white elegance. In Christ we have life eternal,Wow.

Karin said...

My jaw dropped and I can't seem to close my mouth! Such beauty - pristine perfection! The fragrance must be heady! I had never heard of people smoking pear leaves! Wonder if it has the same effect as tobacco, but I'm not volunteering to find out.
Have a Happy Easter!!

Bobbi said...

WOW! What a beautiful sight!!

RoeH said...

Isn't Spring wonderful? So beautiful.

Lynn said...

The Bradford Pear is such an beautiful, elegant tree. Last Feb I saw them in AL and LA and even parts of N Florida. Totally fell in love and so love your photos! Did not know that about pear wood. Interestting. Happy Easter Ginny. Are you feeling better now?

Nature Rambles said...

Wow...these are so beautiful!!!

Rose said...

Oh, Ginny, these are so beautiful...and I did not know the information you gave us. Interesting to say the least.

Becky Jane said...

Simply stunning! Trees in blossom are one of the most beautiful sights of spring.

S. Etole said...

This is beyond beautiful! What a sweeping sight.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

W.O.W. Those are amazing photos, Ginny!! What a sight to see!! Oh, wow!!

Jeanne said...

Breathtaking pictures! I love all that white against the blue-blue sky.

LC said...

Glorious!