Another Beauty and the Beast

This set of photos was taken on May 18, 2012 at 8 am.

The location was in Washington DC on the side of a federal building.

The "Take it!" came from my having to park my car in a location other that where I usually park due to congestion. When I turned from having put coins in the meter, there was this Magnolia Tree. I have to say I stopped in my tracks for several reasons. The first was how the gardeners had let the low branches grow even though they touched the ground. Funny how these low ones bounced back up and were full of leaves just like the upper branches. Then the trunk of the tree is almost cartoonish. I can sort of see a face in the surface of the trunk that would easily qualify for gargoyle status if it were in stone. The beauty came from the railing behind the tree with its graceful curve and shadows cast upon it by the tree.  

The After Take: To those that I have shown this set of photos to all seem to agree how strange it is that the lower limbs were allowed to grow. Another thing that was expressed, was the question of where was this tree located. I do not think anyone wanted to go and see it for themselves, just a curiosity as to where such a thing could be seen.

I think if there was an Ugly Tree contest this one might be a candidate. But then, all trees have a certain beauty to them so I could be very wrong.

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Jeff (Tuesday, 03 July 2012 04:40)

    Wow that is one ugly tree!

  • #2

    Gabe (Friday, 06 July 2012 02:03)

    Ya that tree is repulsive. Its like I want to look away but I cant!

  • #3

    Teri (Friday, 06 July 2012 02:04)

    Wow.....Just, Wow!

  • #4

    Sarah (Friday, 06 July 2012 02:05)

    Monkeys near and far sure woulf get a kick out of that tree It seems like it would be a fun play ground for them

  • #5

    Ray (Friday, 06 July 2012 02:06)

    At first I thought those were roots that were exposed at the bottom, but then I noticed the branches and leaves.

  • #6

    Treehugger (Friday, 06 July 2012 02:12)

    Ya know, I'm the type of person that loves all life and pushes for all kinds of conservation. As ugly as this tree is, it is incredibly different from any I have ever seen. Although it may be an eye sore. I think it would do the world an injustice to remove it. Just my 2 cents...