The Family Tree

After a somewhat emotional day, my sister and I rode out the the "Big Tree" at Goose Island State Park in Lamar, TX. This tree is fairly sacred ground for our family, I've got Uncles, cousins and siblings that have all grown up on Goose Island, swallowed more of that saltwater that we know,and spent many a summer being photographed at the "Big Tree". I hadn't been back to the tree in several years, so I really wanted to see it today. Some of my fondest childhood memories are from this one little spot of Texas with Granny and Papa Joe. What started out as a an emotional day really ended up being a wonderful sweet day. We had lunch with Papa (my 91 year old grandpa)- he continues to be so full of life even as he ages and will always be such a wonderful inspiration to us all. He is the most amazing human being I've ever known. We got some much needed photos of Papa with us, which we will no doubt cherish.
This is beautiful Terri! And I love what you wrote.
posted February 20th, 2011  
Wonderful pic!
posted February 20th, 2011  
This is so great :)
posted February 20th, 2011  
Beautiful!
posted February 20th, 2011  
I love that tree! Glad you had a good day!
posted February 20th, 2011  
This is great! I love that it fills the frame.
posted February 20th, 2011  
Love this! Wonderful shot! What beautiful memories and a beautiful tree!
posted February 20th, 2011  
Lovely tree and a very good shot - the sepia tones suit it so very well when coupled with the narrative.
posted February 20th, 2011  
amazing shot of an spectacular tree, and an excellent story to go with it, great work Terri
posted February 20th, 2011  
Wonderful shot and lovely story!
posted February 20th, 2011  
Sounds like a very special day. This tree is spectacular. No wonder you all love it.
posted February 20th, 2011  
It is a gorgeous tree and such a nice story that goes with him for you. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful picture.
posted February 20th, 2011  
What a grand old tree and great memories!
posted February 20th, 2011  
Love it. And thanks for not mentioning me getting mad at the other people there playing football on what we consider sacred ground.
posted February 20th, 2011  
Wow ... gorgeous photo! The story that goes along with this picture is wonderful! :)
posted February 20th, 2011  
I am in love with that tree!!! ahh I want to climb it!!! amazing. fav!
posted February 20th, 2011  
wow what an amazing tree... beautiful capture.
posted February 20th, 2011  
Kim
Beautiful, and thank you for sharing the touching history
posted February 21st, 2011  
Wonderful story and photo. That tree is amazing.
posted February 21st, 2011  
That is a really great photo!!
posted February 21st, 2011  
That is a really amazing tree! Great shot :)
posted February 21st, 2011  
Great photo! I also love the story!
posted February 21st, 2011  
STUNNING !!
posted February 21st, 2011  
Magnificent tree, beautiful colouring. Wonderful memories!
posted February 21st, 2011  
Beautiful picture and congrats on the PP, you Sony Superstar! :)
posted February 21st, 2011  
Poppa Joe sounds as old as this tree, which is wonderful. Looking forward to a photo of him.
posted February 21st, 2011  
How much do I love this? I love the tree, the composition, the sepia... love love love.
posted February 21st, 2011  
Fabulous!!!! great photo
posted February 21st, 2011  
This is beautiful and a beautiful story. I love big oaks. I visited my favorite tree yesterday and notices a lot of the huge branches have broken off. :(
posted February 21st, 2011  
Stunning image and sweet memories! :)
posted February 21st, 2011  
What a glorious tree!!! And thanks for sharing your beautiful story...
posted February 21st, 2011  
Absolutely stunning! Your work is great, and I look forward to following you.
posted February 21st, 2011  
Gorgeous!
posted February 21st, 2011  
Great shot!
posted February 21st, 2011  
Wonderful story and the photo is stunning!
posted February 24th, 2011  
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