This was a submission to a blog on the Cornell Johnson Art Museum website.
Each day, this tree greets me as I view it while walking to pick up the paper or mail. It has grown in its present position for years on the golf course and I cannot remember a time when it was not there.
The tree changes its hue and expression depending on the time of day and season. Right now, the gold leaves are brilliant in the autumn sun and announce the beauty of the season. In the early morning, the sun shines through the leaves from the East and in the afternoon, the glow of the setting sun illuminates both the leaves and the irregular bark.
Each season, the tree is interesting to view. In the winter, the rugged bark is poignant against the harshness of the climate. The many grays of the shagbark denote the sculptural lines along the trunk and branches.
From winter to spring to summer and then to fall, this tree has been a visual reminder of both change and consistency.