Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Swinger of Birches

Today's Wonder of the World is...Birch trees! And their papery bark!

Flickr photo by potter grrrl
I love birch trees. Don't you?

Maybe it's the writer in me, but whenever I pass by a birch with its loose bark flip-flapping in the wind like slips of paper, I have the urge to get out a pen and write love notes on all the pages. But I restrain myself because that would be weird. Plus, I doubt my neighbors would appreciate me writing on their trees.

I've been thinking about birch trees ever since my youngest, Sam, made a long house for a school project and used bark from our birches.

Isn't that cool? I told him that I wished I could turn myself into a tiny person and camp out in it for a night. That's when he patted me and said that he loved me, even if I was a little nutty.
Sweet boy.

But tell me, who can pass a birch tree and resist pulling off a little bit of hanging bark?
Not me.
I'd never waste it. I'd keep it around to admire, or I might make something out of it.
Like this...

Flickr photo by mooninator
Smart man!

Of course there are tons of Etsy artists who make amazing things out of birch bark.
Like this purse! (Click on it to see more.)

Photo by www.lynncyrart.etsy.com
Woodn't you love that? (Sorry. Pun love is a disease.)

If you're a real birch lover, you might like to snuggle up with a birch on the couch.
Take a look at this!

Photo by myimaginaryboyfriend.etsy.com
So cool!

And look at this painting I found here

Photo by eekdesign.etsy.com
The fox is reciting a Slovakian proverb, "We disregard what we've got, always chasing what we've not." How true!

I'd never want to disregard the treasure of being able to lay eyes on a beautiful birch.

Flickr photo by flipkeat
Or have it lay eyes on me!

Robert Frost treasured birches. Remember his poem, Birches?
It's the one that starts,

When I see birches bend to left and right
Across the lines of straighter darker trees,
I like to think some boy's been swinging them.

Hop over here and enjoy the rest!

I think I might just like to write that poem on a scroll of birch bark.

Flickr photo by Cosmic Slop
Maybe this strange birch tree would read it to me! (Come on, you've got to watch it. I promise it will be the most...um... unique thing you see all day!)


Have a wonder-full Wednesday, y'all!
Love, Becky

22 comments:

JANET IN MICHIGAN said...

I LOVE LOVE BIRCH---UP NORTH THEY ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE AND I REMEMBER BEING A KID AND JUST PEELING IT AND TRYING TO WRITE ON IT. BRINGS BACK LONG AGO MEMORIES-THANK YOU

a Tonggu Momma said...

I love the birches! As the granddaughter of two First Americans (Cherokee on one side, Sioux on the other), I'm SUPPOSED to! Birch bark canoes... longhouses... I could go on and on.

And the video was slightly freaky. I'm just saying.

LW said...

Love white birch trees…
Planted a few when we built our house over 20 years ago…
I had this wonderful plan of planting a small forest of them along the side of our house.
I was going to add a few each year, well the first few are the only ones that ever were planted..
There was always something calling for the few extra dollars that we may or may not had on hand
year after year…

Louise

Rosemary said...

Hi Rebecca,
I love birch trees. I have one in my front yard.
Great post!!
Have a wonderful day,
Rosemary

Barb said...

Hi Becky,

I love birch trees too! We don't have many here, maybe in northern Az though.

That birch man video was very cool.

I just love that birch bag! I've never seen anything like it.

hugs,
Barb

TattingChic said...

Becky, you were right, that human birch tree IS the strangest thing I've seen all day!

Well, I'm off to snag me smoke breakfast! :)

Suzie said...

That eye is so creepy

Kellan said...

It is hard to resist pulling off the bark! Cute little purse.

Take care - Kellan

lotusloq said...

I like birch trees too. They are really pretty. I don't ever remember seeing one in person as a kid growing up though.

What's the deal with that? Do they not grow naturally in SC? Do you know? I see them around now sometimes in areas that have been cultivated.

That pocket book is too cute.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

For years (to many to count) I made birch (branch) floral swags, in all shapes and sizes. I could never resist pulling a small sheet of peeling bark when I'd go to harvest the twigs. I guess it's the kid in us.
Birch man?! Where and why, is all I'm askin. I'm hoping it was some kind of initiation, he wasn't divulging much.

Sweet Wishes
Sara

JaxPop said...

Didja ever have birch beer? Maybe that's just a Pennsylvania Dutch thing - it's a sweeter version of root beer. No alcohol.

Camping in upstate New York - we were surrounded by birch trees. The forests were thick with them, even thicker closer to the lakes - but I'm not sure if that meant anything.

CEDAR JUNCTION said...

Robert Frost's poem is one of my all-time favorites! I remember it from when I was a little girl. How cool is that?

Silicon Valley Diva said...

We have a birch tree also. Even though it can be a little messy, they sure can be pretty!

CC said...

love the birch purse!

Sandra Evertson said...

What a great post, I love the way your mind works!
Sandra Evertson

Monica said...

I will never view birches the same, ever again!...which was a GOOD thing until the VIDEO...um, that might give me nightmares tonight!

Candy said...

ya know.

you REALLY DO take ordinary things and make them extrordinary.

neat.o.

Alex said...

Hi Rebecca...I DO love birch trees. We have two out front. ANd the Robert Frost poem was cool. I said something to my hubby and now he's standing here quoting one of his works by heart.... ;)

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Sorry to freak so many of you out with Birch Man. Think of him as a loving tree, just waiting to wrap his birch branches around you--no, no. Stop there. Now I'm freaking myself out!

Rebecca Ramsey said...

And Jaxpop, I've never heard of birch beer. Very interesting.

Pocket Full of Prettys said...

Hi there, just wanted to say thank you for your prayers for my son. He is to have an MRI on the 18th. Hugs***Renea

Lynn Cyr said...

Yes, Birch certainly looks to be a trend these days, doesn't it?? I absolutely LOVE my birch purse (yes, I'm the artist behind that one!!).

They gets lots of attention wherever I go... sometimes I need to leave my purse at home and use a "traditional" one if I don't feel like being bothered! :D

Thanks for the nice comments everyone, and for featuring me on your wonderful Blog!!

-- Lynn