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What If Trees Could Speak-They Would Tell Stories

Updated on November 28, 2017
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Titia is interested in photography, poetry, family, art, dogs, cats, insects, wildlife, history, war, camping, writing, and the environment.


If Trees Could Speak They Would Tell Stories

If trees could speak, they all would have many tales to tell, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. I just love to photograph trees and on my trips throughout my country I often come across trees which are 'out of the ordinary' so to speak. Trees are just like humans, they get their genes from their ancestors and will be formed by their environment until they die, except they have no voice to pass on their tales.

The Deceptive Tree

The Deceptive Tree

Take a closer look, it isn't what it looks like
Take a closer look, it isn't what it looks like | Source

Definition of Deceptive According to the Merriam Webster:

"Intended to make someone believe something that is not true"


At first glance you might think, well that's a tree, but it looks a bit odd and you're totally right.

It is an odd looking tree, because it isn't a single tree. It's a rotated picture of small trees and bushes at the border of a stream, reflecting in the water as you can see in the second photo.

When I was editing this photo I accidentally rotated it and then I saw this 'tree' appearing. It's just a little joke, but it has set a whole lot of people on the wrong foot.

The Dating Tree

The Dating Birch Tree

A Birch tree with cut in names
A Birch tree with cut in names | Source

How Often Did You Carve Your Name in a Tree?

I think most of us did it once - carving our name in a tree - at one point in our life. I came across this Birch tree on one of my trips through my country on a car stop along the highway.

Though I don't like to hurt trees, this one has turned its carvings into a beautiful art object. I found carvings on this tree from 20+ years ago.

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The Bottle Cleaner Tree

The Bottle Cleaner Poplar Tree

Funny trees I found on one of my trips
Funny trees I found on one of my trips | Source

I Thought These Trees Look Funny

On one of my trips I came across these funny shaped poplars. I really don't know why they grew this way, but to me they looked like those long 'hairy' bottle cleaners.

The Hotel Tree

The Willow Woodpecker Tree

Woodpeckers just love dead trees
Woodpeckers just love dead trees | Source

Woodpeckers Love Dead Trees

We have a lot of woodpeckers overhere who love to make their nests in dead trees. We hear them all the time. In winter they come eat my peanuts.

Spotted Woodpecker Eating Peanuts

Spotted Woodpecker
Spotted Woodpecker | Source

We Don't Remove Dead Pollard Willows

In my neck of the woods we have a lot of pollard willows and sometimes they just die and then they just leave them stand there.


Dead trees have their role in nature too. They provide food and housing to all kind of birds and critters. Nature will take its course and will bring dead trees back to dust eventually.

I think dead trees are beautiful too.

Natural Art Tree

Dead Pollard Willow Tree

Waiting until nature takes it down
Waiting until nature takes it down | Source

The Cemetary Tree

The Majestic Cemetary Beech Tree

100+ year old beech tree
100+ year old beech tree | Source

If trees could tell tales

Guarding the dead
beyond our own lifetime,
embracing the graves -
deep underground.

How many tears
have feed this giant
and how many shoulders
did he support.

If trees could tell tales,
we would have a library
full of memories -
from the past.

The out of Balance Trees

Unbalanced Poplar Trees

A lane of crooked trees
A lane of crooked trees | Source

They Couldn't Resist the Strong Wind

I came across this lane in Belgium. Originally it had been a two way lane, but due to the fact that all trees had grown crooked forced by strong wind, they turned it into a one way lane because two lorries passing each other would get stuck.

The Golf Player Tree

Funny Things Happen in Trees Occasionally

The War Tree

The War Zone Tree

A bullet in a tree, it could well be one from WW2
A bullet in a tree, it could well be one from WW2 | Source

A Bullet in a Tree?

It may well be that it is my imagination that this is a bullet, shot into a tree. I've never seen a bullet in a tree and to be frank, I've never seen a bullet up close other than on the TV.

I found this 'bullet' in an old tree in a little village called Schoonoord, up North in the province Drenthe in The Netherlands. Might well be that this, if it is a bullet, is a bullet from WW2.

If this tree could speak, we would've known how he got stuck with a bullit in his stem.

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The Scientific Tree

Amazing Things About Trees

The Twin Pollard Willow Trees

The Double Row Pollard Willow Trees

Double row of pollard willows on a dyke near where I live in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen
Double row of pollard willows on a dyke near where I live in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen | Source

Pollard Willows in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen

Zeeuws-Vlaanderen is the lower part of the province Zeeland in The Netherlands. In the South bordered to Belgium, in the North bordered by the Sea arm Westerschelde.

In the old days willows were planted as a border around the farm and it's coppice was used in many ways. Because the branches are growing rather straight, they were used as poles to fence in a meadow. Or the wood was used to make the stems on a hayfork.

Or it was used - as we still do - to burn the wood stove. We don't have central heating in our little farmhouse. We burn a wood stove and a coal stove in winter. We have pollard willows all around our garden and meadows.

The Cat Tree

The Blind Cat Kyra's Favorite Tree


Blind Cat Kyra

My blind cat Kyra, who passed away a few years ago at the age of 19 years old, had found this place all by herself. I guess she must've stumbled upon the tree at one time and just climbed it to the top. In summer it was her favorite resting place.

The Self Supporting Tree

The Self-Supporting Tree

As I recall this was a beech tree
As I recall this was a beech tree | Source

I don't know what tree this is

This tree is standing in the Heath fields up North in my country. It's one of the most beautiful trees I've ever seen.

This photo was taken in February (Winter) and you can see clearly his 'skeleton' of branches, reaching all the way around to the ground as if they were supporting this giant.

He must be rather old and in summer when he's full in leaves, he will provide a much needed shadowed place to rest for the big herd of sheep that's wandering in his area.

The Impressive Tree

Impressive Trees

The Guidance Tree

The Long armed Pear tree


The Decorative House Tree

Driving through the beautiful Province Limburg in the South-East of The Netherlands one early morning on my way to a sheep inspection, I crossed a litte village. I forgot its name, but one house in that village got my attention and I stopped and took some photos.

The Decorative House Tree was a trained pear tree, rather young I guess looking at his narrow stem. Nevertheless he was proudly wearing his fruits.

© 2014 Titia Geertman

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    • sgbrown profile image

      Sheila Brown 

      5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      You are a wonderful photographer and I love your subjects. Trees have a life all their own. Just think of the stories they could tell! I really enjoyed this hub and your pictures are truly wonderful!

    • Judy Filarecki profile image

      Judy Filarecki 

      5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      I love your style of writing. It enhances the all ready visually pleasing photos. You give life beyond the photo to each of the trees.

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I have a fascination with trees I do not understand. Your collage of ideas, perhaps, let me tap into a bit more understanding. Thanks for sharing this remarkable work! ;-)

    • Linda Pogue profile image

      Linda Pogue 

      5 years ago from Missouri

      I love your tree photos. While I am not a professional photographer, I do enjoy taking photos. And I love taking photos of trees and other nature shots. Beautiful photographs!

    • Titia profile imageAUTHOR

      Titia Geertman 

      5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      @Frogyfish: Thanks for visiting. The first photo is the same as the second photo, I just rotated the second photo and out came the 'tree'.

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      5 years ago from Central United States of America

      I don't see how you altered the first photo to get that interesting shot, but it was a marvelous take! Enjoyed your pictures and words, all!

    • Titia profile imageAUTHOR

      Titia Geertman 

      5 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Hello billybuc, thanks for your comment. The composition is the most important part in all the visual arts in my opinion. I grew up with it, my dad was an artist and he taught me to look for the beauty in little things. Most people do look, but only few actually see more than the obvious, if you know what I mean.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You do have a marvelous eye for composition. Beautiful shots here. Just lovely.


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