Mayne Island Christmas Arbutus Tree Visit

I have a large wonderful family.  At the same time, Christmas day is often about taking a long walk and visiting with the arbutus trees. Like my family,  they are quirky, intelligent, talented, fun and precious to me. Early in January and the first part of February I expect to be focusing my attention, canvas and brushes on these beauty. So today I set about doing a few photography sketches.

Notice how they have found enough support to secure themselves over the bare sandstone rocks.

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In this soft warm south exposure winter sunlight my eyes scale their length.

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I walk along the ridges on the backs of the large stone surfaces marveling at how they have made space for each other.

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The leaning and reaching for the sun is so pronounced in the character of an arbutus tree grove.

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I sense that these beautiful trees understand belonging in a most comfortable and companionable way.

These are my Christmas Trees, naturally decorated and lightly lit with sunshine.


What is putting a glow on your Christmas Day?


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Creative Potager – Visit with painter and photographer Terrill Welch

From Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada

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9 thoughts on “Mayne Island Christmas Arbutus Tree Visit

  1. Terrill — I wish that humans shared the same good sense as the Arbutus Trees: “…understand belonging in a most comfortable and companionable way.”

    The glow on our Christmas day was Skyping with our son who is 1,700 miles away. It was wonderful!

  2. Thank you for sharing those lovely, inspiring photos. As I viewed the images, I was reminded of one of my favourite quotes — it’s from a country song — ‘I’m strong enough to bend’.

    What is putting a glow to my holidays?
    Friends (like you, Terrill) and family — especially my husband. I asked my husband to help me make a podcast. And I’m so proud of what we created together.

    (I hope you don’t mind me including the link, Terrill.)

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