We are all longing

…to shed our winter coats.WinterWraps5





WinterWraps3Wrapped trees found along a highway. Sometimes you will see the newly planted trees wrapped like this to protect them from the harsh weight of winter. I really don’t know how effective it is.

I documented some smaller and very different looking ones last year. You can see that series here. After the drought that occurred here last summer many of the trees along the highway look as though they are struggling.

© Karen McRae, 2013

62 thoughts on “We are all longing

    1. Yes, I think you’re right. We had some very heavy snow/freezing rain that took out a lot of bigger trees this winter. I wonder though if the little flexible trees really benefit….?

      1. Normally they should benefit, now they have room to grow and more light and they need less water than the bigger tree’s….As of Sunday the weather shoul drastically change for the better ! Right now it is still cold and rainy, but we need all the rain we can get so I won’t complain !

    1. I’ve been meaning to photograph these all winter, I guess I missed the snow (except we are getting more tonight!). I’m glad you enjoy them, Melinda, thank you.

  1. They definitely look like beings of some sort. I loved looking at these – despite the burlap they look so alive or awakening. The deer here are looking pretty scruffy, shedding their winter coats, too.

  2. Last year’s tall trees looked like, crazy performers in a theatrical play.
    But this years trees looks utterly miserable. The refugees sitting on the
    ground and haggling in the cold. —– still, photographically looks
    very beautiful and lapping is the warm kindness of the gardener.
    What a funny paradox. 😀

  3. I love your wrapped trees. These trees look as though they’ve had a tough time but will survive. Such beauty in persistance. The last two are especially moving.

  4. They really do look like they are bursting at the seams to be out in the sun when it comes! Cool photos 🙂

  5. Coincidence?! : )
    Only recently I left a late comment on your last April’s post.
    Herewith repeated:
    ‘Ah! It’s (almost) never too late for a com(pli)ment, eh? : )
    What a wonderful series! Full of wonders …’

    And as I am at it, instead of many most enthusiastic one-word-comments to increase my stats:
    One of the other days apart from “Wrapped Trees” I ‘checked’ your categories “Landfill”, “portrait”, “painting” and “Architecture”. … Herewith I am bowing to the artist and her intention(s).
    Good on you, Karen.

  6. I remember your wrapped trees from last year. Wonderful! I wondered if there would be more – happy to see them. The wrappings don’t look so effective, though!

  7. Masked dancers, I think.

    It’s only April, but Los Angeles is beginning to warm up, and I already yearn for winter!

  8. I have just gone back and looked at your previous series – what an extraordinary collection! They all have an enormous emotional impact. I’m not even sure what I feel … they are anthropomorphised to an extraordinary degree. They are haunting.

  9. Your earlier images have stayed with me since my first viewing of them…and I’ve shared stories (?) or recountings of their effect with others, their sad haunting, ordered bizarre-ish-ness, and tired, monkish stoicism…. Their images in a mind don’t soon go away, Karen…you have worked a beautiful magic with them.

    Thank you for the new photos…and yes, we are all so longing to shed our winter coats…and I do hope these newly planted trees live and thrive through many winters…they have a fullness that lends promise…hope.

  10. What a spectacular sight, and wonderful photos Karen! I feel sorry for them, they look like leftover xmas present that nobody wanted. Thanks for unwrapping one.
    I would have thought the trees were wrapped, to protect them from salt or whatever the stuff is, they sprinkle on the road to keep it ice free.
    (That could be me, standing there, dressed in sackcloth, along the highway…)

  11. That first post with wrapped trees was when I started following your blog. And it was wonderful to see these photos, so different than the first series.

  12. I remember the previous post – it had a similar spooked oddness to it – can’t help myself imagining the wrapped trees as people. They’re fabulous shots, Karen.

  13. Karen – your wrapped trees are something else!!! I remember the winter ones, and now that I have started making some prints using an Epson 9900, I would LOVE to see that series printed big and up on the wall of a great gallery!!!

  14. Comparing these wrapped trees to last year’s I feel that this year’s trees echo the sentiments that so many people are harboring about this particular winter. Mainly, that this winter seems to be utterly dragging on and that we do not want to wear our coats anymore. I guess even the trees are feeling weary : (

  15. I was going to say that these have increased in girth Karen until I read to the end of your post and discovered that they are different trees. Just as interesting though.

  16. Wonderful photos. The wrapped trees here and from your previous series appear like artistic interventions in the landscape, or as survivors from a lost civilization. Very evocative. But most importantly I hope the trees survive.

  17. Well I have never seen or heard of that before. Interesting, if a bit typically human-silly. Better to plant trees that are suited to the climate they are planted in, perhaps.

  18. I remember the ones from last year too. I also remember how like strange cloaked people.
    These one’s too are cool.
    You are such an excellent artist, Karen, you just keep on impressing me.

  19. Oh the wonderful wrapped trees! Looking very much plumper here, hooded far-travelled mysteries – I do hope they see light soon!

  20. it is incredible, I did the same project two years ago and I named it Involuntary Sculptures, photographing (in color) all those little trees and bushes around Montreal in April and May, just when the snow starts melting and their clothes start falling off.
    Nice work!

    1. That’s really interesting. There is a link here to ones I have photographed through the seasons (they are in colour).
      I’m loving following your blog, what an adventure you are on!

      Have you posted your tree series anywhere?

      1. No, i van’t…they were for a school project my first year in the Photography Program at Concordia University. I used a 35 mm film and haven’t scanned them..I kept the negs though, they are all here with us in the boat! Lets hope they survive the humidity and high temperatures.These will be around-the-world-negatives.
        The prints I left behind.
        Thank you for following!

  21. I had to check in and see what you’ve been doing with Wrapped Trees lately. I remember being intrigued by your photos the first time I saw them. Haunting and beautiful at the same time. I hope to see more of them in the future!

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