Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Judas Tree

Here are the red bud trees from this spring. We rarely see them in yards, they grow along the highway.Maybe because they are called Judas trees. Legend goes that this is the tree that Judas hung himself from. The trees remain weak and sparse so no one will ever again hang themselves from it again.



“Judas, the one who betrayed him, realized that Jesus was doomed. Overcome with remorse, he gave back the thirty silver coins to the high priests, saying, "I've sinned. I've betrayed an innocent man."
They said, "What do we care? That's your problem!"
Judas threw the silver coins into the Temple and left. Then he went out and hung himself.”
Matthew 27

23 comments:

Linda said...

Wow, Ginny, this is amazing!!! I love it!

reana claire said...

What a breathtaking sight to behold, Ginny!!

Sandra said...

the header is beyond breathtaking.. i just sat and stared at all those trees, it is the mixture of colors and all the different sizes and of course the red buds... awesome sight and who could say there is no God when staring at that sight... awesome photos of those Judas Trees. i had forgotten they were called that. there were many of them in Savannah but not here.

Tamago said...

Wow what a beautiful color! Especially the header photo is amazing! I agree, maybe they are not grown in yards so much because of the name and story behind it. But it sure is pleasant to drive highway seeing these beautiful trees!

crafty cat corner said...

Such pretty trees really should have a nicer name I think.
Briony
x

Anne Jeffries said...

Leaves me breathless, ginny.

Patsy said...

I have never heard that story before about the Red Bud being called Judas Tree. Goes a long with the Dogwood Tree story.
They grow in the woods and yards here in the mid-south.
Learn something new every day on these wonderful blogs.

S. Etole said...

Such a welcoming blaze of color and interesting story.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That may be the legend about this tree and true or not,the tree is spectacular.

Ann said...

Interesting legend for such a beautiful tree.

LV said...

Wish I had one of those trees. Simply breathtaking. I am sorry, not sure what the name of the flowers in my PS post. I think they are in the daisy family tho.

Anni said...

Oh my goodness...what beauty and color!!!

And, Ginny, you're 1/2 right on the bird that is nearly extinct...saying it is a sandpiper...in my post I posted it's called a spoonbill sandpiper.

Catherine said...

Such a beautiful tree to grace the scenery. Blessings, Catherine

Shug said...

Such splendor in these beautiful buds.
Our red-bud trees have already leafed out and the deep red leaves are just as pretty as what the buds were....
Happy Spring...

DeniseinVA said...

The red bud trees are always a welcome sight around here. The ones you took photos of are gorgeous. How lovely to see those tree-lined streets with those pretty blossoms.

Chatty Crone said...

What a beautiful legend Ginny.

Weekend-Windup said...

What a beautiful blossoms!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Ginny, We have a lot fewer Redbuds here in Florida. I think it is among the prettiest of the Spring bloomers. Have a fantastic coming week. I hope your health is improving. I've been praying for you.

George said...

These are definitely beautiful trees, regardless of the name. We're fortunate to have two in our yard.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

These trees are just gorgeous. Oh how I love spring!

Chris Scheuer said...

I didn't know they were called Judas trees, how interesting!! What ever name they go by, they certainly are gorgeous at this time of the year, wow!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love the Redbud trees. We have several that came up volunteer in our yard. Your shots are beautiful, Ginny! I wish they would stay in bloom longer. :)

SquirrelQueen said...

Wow, those are gorgeous! I had forgotten they were called the Judas tree. A couple of our neighbors have them in their yards and they add color to the whole neighborhood.