This week, Cee has asked us to show off a few photos of wood.
We all know how essential trees are to the well-being of our planet, but many of them get chopped down for one or other reason. Sometimes they are alien trees and are not good for the other trees around them, as was the case here with these Eucalyptus trees in South Africa.
We use wood for so many purposes, and when visiting New England, one of the things I most wanted to see were the old covered bridges. The beautiful book and film, ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ had really sparked my interest in these.
Wood carving is an ancient craft, and I saw some gorgeous examples whilst in Bali.
Africa is also well-known for its wooden sculptures.
In England whilst visiting a bluebell wood near to my mom-in-law’s, I was surprised to find this beautifully carved bench, just waiting for us to rest our legs.
The oldest tree I’ve ever seen was this petrified Redwood in Yellowstone Park. You might have thought that in the USA, Redwoods are exclusive to California and southern Oregon, but you’d be wrong.
This plaque explains how it got to be there.
Just for fun, here are my two pets in South Africa. Because we travel and are away so much, I have animals that don’t need feeding, brushing, or taking for walks, but are always there waiting for me when I get home.
I know Fido doesn’t look very happy, but it’s just the breed. 🙂
Princess is quite content to sleep on the staircase, and never complains about anything.
If you’ve enjoyed my pics, why not pop over the Cee’s blog to join in, or just check out other entries for the theme?
I would like to thank all of you who have voted for me in the Rodposse Photo Challenge. I am currently in the lead, and voting ends tomorrow, so if you want to see my entry, just click on the above link, and if you like it, please click on ‘like’. Thanks so much. 😀
Love all the wood items you features. 😉
Glad you enjoyed them. 🙂
I Love the wood covered bridges, and the wood carvings. Great photos
Thanks so much. I hope you like my Italian walls too. 🙂
The carvings are exquisite. I’m off to Bali soon, so I’m looking forward to seeing some of this fine artwork 🙂
Thanks. Alarna. Lucky you going to Bali. Have lots of fun there. 🙂
Love your wood photos. I especially like the sculpted hardwood sofa with the peacock. It is utterly gorgeous!
Thanks so much, Imelda. I also love that piece of art. 🙂
How did I miss this post? You had a whole line of woods. The carvings are incredible! I loved the ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ — the book and movie…
Thanks so much, Amy. Glad you enjoyed my wood photos. 🙂
I like the sculptures
Thanks, Irene. 🙂
That owl bench is simply adorable!
Yes it is. Someone put a lot of work into it. 🙂
Stunning photos… Blessing to you, Sylvia… 🙂
Thanks so much, Bams. 🙂
I love all the pictures, of course, but I adore covered bridges. We used to live in a little town in Oregon – Cottage Grove – that had as it’s claim to fame a covered bridge just outside the center of town. I liked the movie, too! 🙂
Thanks, Marsha. I had a look on Google, and Cottage Grove has six covered bridges; all really lovely too. 🙂
I only remember the one, but I know CG is famous for its bridges. Gosh it’s been 36 years since I lived there, and almost as long since I visited!!! 🙂 Yikes!!!
Wood is beautiful. I love all your wooden photos, especially those cute pets you have at home waiting for you with no complaints. That’s a brilliant idea for someone who travels a lot:-)
Thanks, Cocoa. The ideal pets indeed. I wonder if they could catch on for world travellers. 😕
Excellent! And I adore that dog and cat! I have a box with a sleeping cat on the lid similar to this 🙂
Thanks, Madhu. 🙂
The photos from Bali, make me 😦 homesick
Aaaw….sorry about that. Are you from Bali? My dad was born and brought up in Indonesia, and his mother was Indonesian.
Your posts are such fun AD ! Petrified wood is so REAL looking isn’t it … Fido does look very mournful so am glad you explained why 🙂
Great Pics .
Thanks so much, Poppy. 😀
Great photos of wood! I especially love that chair in Bali and those African carvings. And your little pets that don’t need to be walked or fed. 🙂
Thanks, Cathy. That carved bench in Bali is gorgeous, but was so expensive, as you can imagine.
I can imagine it’s way out of my price league!
Congrats..on your winning..:)
Thanks so much. I’m so thrilled. 🙂
Oh Sylvia! I loved the carved trees with the hippos. I didn’t find the redwood when I was in Yellowstone. Your picture and the sign sent me off imagining what it must have been like all those years ago with so many more redwoods than our puny little remaining preserves. I think that would have been heavenly.
Thanks, Gunta. Yes, I find the idea of Yellowstone as a hug Redwood forest, really fascinating. Amazing how landscapes change over millennia, isn’t it. Happy weekend to you. 🙂
Princess looks quite content and happy in her spot!
Excellent photos and commentary Sylvia!
Thanks so much, Phil. She just needs dusting occasionally. Very low maintenance for a female. 😆
My friend has a hippo of wood and he is ginormous…like the middle one in the pic…if I didn’t need a crane to move him I would pinch it
Hehehe….they do have really lovable features. 😀
Beautiful photos! Wood is so amazing – loved the benches! You sit well on a wood bench 🙂
Thanks so much, Anne. Sitting well, must be something to do with my modelling days. 😀
Ha ha ha – my Danishness 🙂 You are beautiful!
Have a great weekend!
I also have a wooden pet, a hippo, much smaller than the ones in your photo though. His name is Harry, and I think he will be with me wherever I may live 🙂
😀 My rather large friend has a couple of rather large wooden hippos, plus some of those ballerina hippos in tutus, that you hang up. Her son and husband bought them for her. I would not have been amused. 😀
LOL! neither would I
I adore wood carvings and these South African ones are no exception – especially the warthog. That bench you and your mom-in-law are sitting on is too beautiful. Love the owls, AD.
here is a nomination for you..!
Good luck for tomorow!!
the bench with carved owls is so beautiful and princess is cute
The benches are particularly wow.
I like those covered bridges – and your finding, the owl bench!
I too love the covered bridges Sylvia. Why are they covered? I’ve never researched the reason. Smashing pictures as always. 🙂
Lovely mix. I love wood.
We had a massive blue gum in our garden in Alberton. The roots used to clog our plumbing once a year but we loved it. I was sad to go back a few years later to find the new owners had chopped it down.
Lovely post as always! Love your pets! Have a wonderful weekend!
Take care and regards,
Thanks so much, Gail. You too. 🙂
Thoses benches are amazing
Love that bench ad! wow!
Beautiful!!! Amazing wood work!!!
Very nice, I love the covered bridges! I still have to work on this post but you’ve given me a few ideas.
Thanks, Milka, I’m glad I’ve given you some ideas for your post. 🙂
Loved all your photos AD but particularly the covered bridges. We found several while traveling in Oregon earlier this year.
Thanks so much, LuAnn. They are really lovely, and I would love to see more. 🙂
Amazind AD, you have so many pics for everything 😀
It would appear so, Chris. 🙂
wonderful post ad, i love the covered bridges … we dont have any out here so i guess they were to keep the bridge safe from snow ???
Thanks, Christine. Yes, I think that the extreme weather was the reason they were covered. 🙂
Congrats on being in front in the challenge – that’s very exciting!
I love wood sculptures and you have some amazing ones here 😉
Thanks so much, Dianne. 🙂
The petrified tree reminded me of Namibia – Khorixas – where a whole forest tells the story of a time gone by…
Thanks, Amos. i just had look at some images of the Twyfelfontein forest. Amazing.
I adore your woods….that one bench is awesome. Thanks so much for playing along!!
Thanks so much, Cee. Your challenges are a lot of fun to take part in. 🙂
Those covered bridges really are fascinating.
I think I should get an animal like you, I don’t think the Evil One would give it away then
Yes, those bridges are everywhere in New England and thereabouts. Have you read that book? It’s so amazing. My wooden pets have been with me for many years, and haven’t messed in the house once. 😆
I’ve never even heard of the book before but I’ve now added it to my “to read” list 🙂
It’s written by Robert James Waller, and in the movie, Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep were superb. I cried though, even reading the book.
This challenge is just tailor made for you, Sylvia- you’re always fun. And informative too.
Thanks so much, Jo. I enjoy them too. 🙂
Beautiful post beautiful picture ,Have nice day dear friend !
Thanks very much, Stefan. Hope your day is going well. 🙂
Love the variety … and the fact that you are dubbed the Queen of Challenges.
“The Queen of Challenges?” I never knew that, Frank. I only knew I was “The Dessert Queen.” 😀
Now you have two hats of royalty.
… and both are a good thing.
Not too shabby. 🙂
Wow, I love the carved baobab tree!
Isn’t it gorgeous, Gilly? Stunning. 🙂
What wonderful examples for the challenge. It seems you found some lovely covered bridges while in New England. I found one recently on our travels in Germany…which was a real surprise.
Thanks so much, Karen. Covered bridges are so lovely. I was also surprised that you found one in Germany, but was just reading on Wiki, that there are about 1 600 of them around the world.
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Benches and bridges. Yes! Love ’em! Cool post, ad.
Thanks so much, Gemma. 🙂
that tree carving is just lovely!
I’ve always loved African art.
Beautiful wooden post AD… pun almost made it 😉
Hahaha….. love the “wooden post.” 😀
I love how you went from the raw product to the elaborate carvings and of course our historical covered bridges. Adorable pets, each with their own built in personalities…oh so practical for the traveler.
Thanks so much for your always lovely comments, Lynne. 🙂
Oh these photos are just gorgeous… what an entry for the challenge…
Thank you. I’m so glad you enjoyed them. 🙂
Beautiful wood carvings with their attention to detail. I am glad you showed these covered bridges, they are amazing. Great selections for Cee’s challenge.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much, Francine. The covered bridges are all different and fascinating to see. 🙂
You met the challenge head on. Nice photos!
Thanks so much, Sharon. 🙂
Wonderful and great variety – have been to Bali too and the Redwood carving is some stunning art. Bought a couple of figures with me home.
Top photo is my pick for the day.
Thanks, Viveka. That top pic was taken on the way to my sister’s house. 🙂 I do miss her very much when we’re over in the USA.
I bet you miss your sister … I don’t have any siblings, sometimes I wonder how it would had been .. to have.
Yes, it’s hard being so far away form one another, but we chat on Skype and e-mail, and make up for lost time when I get back home again. 🙂
Ample wood pics there. If I do participate I will post only one of my many pics. Very nice photos.
Thanks, newsy. I look forward to seeing your special wood photo. 🙂