Wishing Tree

Week 51/52

Trees are significant in many of the world’s mythologies and religions, and have been given deep and sacred meanings throughout the ages. Human beings, observing the growth and death of trees, and the annual death and revival of their foliage, have often seen them as powerful symbols of growth, death and rebirth. Evergreen trees, which largely stay green throughout these cycles, are sometimes considered symbols of the eternal, immortality or fertility. The image of the Tree of life or world tree occurs in many mythologies. Sacred or symbolic trees include the Banyan and the Peepal (Ficus religiosa) trees in Hinduism, the Yule Tree in Germanic mythology, the Tree of Knowledge of Judaism and Christianity, the Bodhi tree in Buddhism and Saglagar tree in Mongolian Tengriism. In folk religion and folklore, trees are often said to be the homes of tree spirits. Germanic paganism as well as Celtic polytheism both appear to have involved cultic practice in sacred groves, especially grove of oak. The term druid itself possibly derives from the Celtic word for oak. The Egyptian Book of the Dead mentions sycamores as part of the scenery where the soul of the deceased finds blissful repose. In many parts of the world travelers have observed the custom of hanging objects upon trees in order to establish some sort of a relationship between themselves and the tree. Throughout Europe, trees are known as sites of pilgrimages, ritual ambulation, and the recital of (Christian) prayers. Wreaths, ribbons or rags are suspended to win favor for sick humans or livestock, or merely for good luck. Popular belief associates the sites with healing, bewitching, or mere wishing.

F/4, 1/500 sec, ISO – 100, Photoshop CS6

Project #51

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About The Inspiration Shots

My name is Tommy Too and I'm a newbie in photography and blogging. The intention of creating this blog is to share some of my work and to keep track the improvement of my photography skill. Nevertheless the most important thing is to getting feedback or comment from other professional photographer just like you.

Posted on December 13, 2015, in Photography, Projects 52 and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. When I visited Italy during the holidays, one of the things I loved was taking pictures of all the beautiful trees. They were all different and unique each place we went. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Great picture…I’m currently living in China, and I love coming across trees draped in red like this in the courtyards of temples, gorgeous.

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  3. I love these kind of trees, it’s so cool that we can find then in many cultures

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  4. Your photos are great and the commentary adds so much. Thank you for liking my post and for bringing me here.

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  5. Beautiful shot. I’m a big fan of both trees and clouds. They make my soul happy..

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  6. Nice photo and an interesting custom

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