2015-11-23 weeping willow silhouette

After the storm the hybrid weeping willow (Salix alba “Tristis”) has lost all leaves and makes a nice silhouette for this incredible sunset.

At my place most of the snow has gone already, but it was fairly cold (around freezing point). Using only fingerless mittens, I quickly got icy fingers, means they did hurt… but not enough to take an aspirin or chew willow bark. ;-)

Interesting for me: Hippocrates, Claudius Galenus, Gaius Plinius Secundus and others knew willow bark could ease aches and pains and reduce fevers. It has long been used in Europe and China for the treatment of these conditions. The active extract of the bark, called salicin, after the Latin name Salix, was isolated already in 1828 by a French pharmacist and an Italian chemist, who then succeeded in separating out the acid in its pure state. Salicylic acid, is a chemical derivative of salicin and we use it today as aspirin.
Gorgeously large tree; makes for a great silhouette.
posted November 23rd, 2015  
Absolutely stunning colour and comp
posted November 23rd, 2015  
An amazing shot with the silhouette of the tree, the person (is that someone you know?) and the sky is spectacular too.
Also you continue to surprise me with very interesting information :)
posted November 23rd, 2015  
@novab Thank you Nova, the sky was really spectacular today. No, I do not know this person. He was sitting there and admired the sun go down. I took a bit later another picture without him, but I did like this one better.
posted November 23rd, 2015  
So beautiful!
posted November 23rd, 2015  
Ooooo...gorgeous colors and wonderful silhouettes.
posted November 23rd, 2015  
Superb photo and nicely focused for that sitting figure! fav
posted November 23rd, 2015  
the little man lends so much to this scene.
posted November 23rd, 2015  
So wonderful. I wish to be that person sitting on the bench.
posted November 23rd, 2015  
Glorious!
posted November 23rd, 2015  
Beautiful silhouette and sunset Mona. Interesting story of the willow bark being the ingredient for aspirin.
posted November 23rd, 2015  
Wonderful silhouettes image!The small,well defined human figure adds so much interest to the image!Beautiful sky as well!Fav!
posted November 23rd, 2015  
Incredible photo Mona, this is absolutely beautiful. I love the immense tree silhouette against the stunning colors and the tiny man silhouette against the reflected sunset... Very interesting text as well!
posted November 23rd, 2015  
Superb shot, great colours, love the silhouette of the tree
posted November 23rd, 2015  
Fabulous !!!
posted November 23rd, 2015  
Beautiful shot!!
posted November 23rd, 2015  
Beautiful Mona, the contrast of the tree against that sunset is topped off nicely by the silhouette of the person. Fav
posted November 24th, 2015  
Big fav Mona, I just love this tree silhouette and these gorgeous sunset colors!
posted November 24th, 2015  
Great capture..fav for me.
posted November 24th, 2015  
Beautiful
posted November 24th, 2015  
so classically beautiful.
posted November 24th, 2015  
Gorgeous silhouette and sunset and the human element just makes it better,,fav
posted November 24th, 2015  
Absolutely beautiful capture.
posted November 24th, 2015  
Kim
Gorgeous!
posted November 24th, 2015  
Gorgeous capture!!
posted November 24th, 2015  
Gorgeous - lovely those beautiful colors. Fav
posted November 24th, 2015  
Fav!
posted November 24th, 2015  
Fabulous Mona and thanks for the info on aspirin. My new knowledge for the day
posted November 24th, 2015  
I love hanging out with you on the PP, my dear friend. Congrats on your amazing capture. :)
posted November 24th, 2015  
Absolutely beautiful. Love the strong silhouettes against that stunning sky!
posted November 24th, 2015  
Beautiful shot. Fav
posted November 24th, 2015  
Instant fav, absolutely gorgeous. Very interesting info about the source of aspirin, too.
posted November 24th, 2015  
Terrific :)
posted November 25th, 2015  
wonderful!
posted November 25th, 2015  
What a perfect photograph. I agree with the person it is better, so that we can all imagine that it is us enjoying the beautiful view.
posted November 25th, 2015  
Gorgeous sunset and beautiful silhouettes.
posted November 27th, 2015  
Congrats on TT, fav
posted November 27th, 2015  
@soboy5 Oh thanks Danny, did not realise it yet!
posted November 27th, 2015  
Perfectly gorgeous! Congrats on TT Faving!
posted November 27th, 2015  
This is a truly beautiful image! Congratulations on the TT!
posted November 27th, 2015  
Great shot. Love the seated guy. Congratulations.
posted November 28th, 2015  
Congratulations, Mona, on the TT appearance--beyond deserved.
posted November 28th, 2015  
Congratulations on Top 20! Sorry, I missed this. Gorgeous capture with amazing colors, composition and silhouette. Fav
posted November 28th, 2015  
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