Friday, March 22, 2013

Weeping Alaskan Cedar


Oh, hi there!
You caught me searching for Mr. Orangie
under my favourite tree
Weeping Alaskan Cedar
"Chamaecyparis nootkatensis"


This drapey monster of a tree
has been a refuge 
over my 6 years
for many things of mine...


from numerous bones to anything edible,
at least that I found super tasty.


Last night we had  a snow storm
which didn't smother us as expected....


so this morning Ron and I went out
to take some of the last winter pictures 
for this season
(fingers crossed)


I thought I smelled something 
on the air
which lead me to this spot.


Could it be last year's Mr. Orangie 
that went missing
or....


 just a stick I snitched
from Ron's huge pile he made
while cleaning up the garden
readying it for a long winter's sleep


No matter what
I had a grand time this morning
crossing my paws
that spring will show up for you and me
so very soon...


and then I will be able to find 
Mr. Orangie 
hiding somewhere under
 these beautiful branches
that always tickle my nose
every time I go under.

62 comments:

  1. What a great-looking tree to watch over the garden!

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    1. Our MONSTER TREE has guarded over our special little plot of land for 20+ years. It almost fell down during Hurricane Juan in 2003 but we jumped on it, propped it up and it's been HAPPY ever since!!

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  2. What a beautiful tree Sophie. Love seeing all these photographs.

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    1. We love out drapey, wispy tree ~~ hanging so gracefully in the middle of our backyard!

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  3. Sophie, a great tree to find goodies under, drooping branches, may Spring come soon, and you will find more hidden treasures after melting snow shows hidey places, Cheers from Jean

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    1. Hi HO Nancy J, my sweetie from far away!
      I love my MONSTER TREE ~~~ while other specimens don't seem to be lasting as long as this one, knock on wood, I do a lot of snooping deep into the limbs resting on the ground. Smells so nice, too!

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  4. So that's what you two were up to out there this morning! I think the cedar looks best with the snow on it!! Just sayin.....

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    1. Yes ~~~ that's why Ron and I put on all our layers of clothes and went out to capture this bright, sunshiny morning ~~~ MONSTER TREE was so stalwart and majestic!!

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  5. I'll cross mine too, all this snow is just eww. But great shots as well, we can't tell the trees but the birds in them make us swell.

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    1. Chirpies aren't hangin' in yet
      Because a crow decides to upset
      my snow pad
      with cawing which is a tad
      annoying!

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  6. It's snowing here too! That is a lovely tree. It is too cold in Anchorage for this tree but I think it does well further south. Alaska is such a big State with many different climates.

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    1. I wondered about that fact Sandy. I know we call it an Alaskan Cedar but thought it might be just a familiar name used by many over the years. Thanks for explaining the climate situation in your State ~~~ hey maybe it's time for a geography lesson for the masses!!

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  7. That tree makes a great cubby house. Spring is certainly playing jokes this year. So many pups are having winter.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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    1. Yes, this is a great place to congregate and pupchat, make decisions on who's going to dig what hole and chew which plant. Come along!!

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    1. Even with her recent haircut(which is slowly growing in again)!

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  9. Wow, Sophie. That's a lot of snow to burrow in. I bet when it melts you'll find lots of treasures.

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    1. Mucho, many, massive SURPRISES for me and the guys!!!!

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  10. Looks like a beautiful winter scene...in the wrong season!! The pictures are lovely, though. And we have just as much snow here as you do. Spring must be vacationing down south, and forgotten to return to the north!

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    1. The snowbirds don't want to come HOME this year, I guess. Must be awful crowded down there in the HOT beautiful beachy places with warm breezes tickling your nose. Oh well, this all makes us stronger ~~~ I have to believe it does!!

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  11. Neat tree! If that snow melts soon, you can have an Easter orangie ball hunt.

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    1. I will attempt at unearthing "ol' Mr. O" from the bowels of my MONSTER TREE!! Even if I don't find him I will have at least gotten the guys out for fresh air and exercise!

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  12. I like your collar, Sophie -- that's Nova Scotia's official tartan, isn't it?

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    1. Actually, this is the Black Watch tartan, Debra ~~~ the store was all out of the Nova Scotia tartan that day. Next time perhaps, but unfortunately it is not me fave tartan.

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  13. Oh what a magnificent tree Sophie! No wonder you love it so much and keep your treasures in there! I'll tell you a little secret. I like to hug trees sometimes, and this looks like one that would like one of my big hugs! Sending you a big hug from Oregon too. I love these pics of you. You had a splendid time, i can tell!

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    1. TREE HUGGERS are my kind of peeps, Mary. My Dads were really hugging this tree when it almost fell down 10 years ago during a hurricane ~~~ almost sad times, but they managed to straighten up this beautiful specimen.

      Cheers to you in OREGON!!

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  14. Looks like a fun place to play under.

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    1. Lots of secrets are discovered here, GT!!!

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  15. Mother Nature is playing tricks with us, no sign of Spring here just more snow!
    What a beautiful tree and hiding place for you Sophie :-)

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    1. Mother Nature certainly is persistent this year with all my friends ~~~ patience if a virtue and I'll wait another day if I have to!!!

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  16. Your snow is so beautiful, Sophie, but we can't wait to see all of your beautiful flowers!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

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    1. OH me too!!

      Flowers ~~~ crocus, snowdrops(which had just started to pop through the ground last week), scilla,daffs and more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      FINGERS CROSSED!!!

      HUGS!!

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  17. Hi! It looks almost like here....we have a lot of those trees and also the snow.....-16C this morning.
    But our dogs love to run around in the fluffy snow we got this week.

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    1. SO now I can pretend I'm in Sweden ~~~ we love our MONSTER TREE and we think you are so lucky to have more than 1 to look at.
      Have a great weekend, Majsan and puppies....playing in the snow!

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  18. No snow over here *phew* :)))! Loved the first pic ;): treemonster.

    Taking a nap now, nighshift is coming. Have a grrrreat weekend with your dads.

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    1. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzing!!!!

      I can hear you over here!

      Uh Huh!

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  19. Some trees were made to have a coating of snow and this elegant monster (the tree Sophie, not you) is just such a tree.
    Snow here too but starting to thaw now thank goodness - we don't do snow like you hardy Canuck's do!

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    1. Sophie tries to nosedive snowbanks whenever possible probably looking for Mr. Orangie ~~~ she thinks he's hiding everywhere when he isn't snuggly settled in her mouth. Oh well! Hardy Canucks is mis-nomer ~~~ some wooses live here in our house!!

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  20. very pretty, although i'm hoping for some green soon

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    1. Hi Gabi ~~ so nice to hear from you ~~~ Jim has filled me in on your latest ~~ good luck!

      Thanks for your kind comments and the white around us is lessening although the temps are rising fast enough for my liking or Sophie's.

      Ron

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  21. Elegant tree, great shots as usual!

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    1. Hi Sharon ~~ so great to hear from you as always.

      Sophie has always taken a liking to the Monster Tree and snoops in amongst the limbs as often as possible. She seems to know something we don't know about our beauty tree!

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  22. Hi Sophie!
    Love your beautiful tree!
    You don't look like you're longing for spring at all!
    It's been snowing and blowing here since last night ~
    but the snow is so dry that we've only gotten several inches.
    It's hard to tell how much with the blustery winds,
    but each flake is about the size and shape of a period.
    Tell Ron that his photos are spectacular.
    You are always such a pretty subject!

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    1. I will tell him Louise. He wanted you to know he found some 1960's photos finally. Now he has find a scanner. The pics are faded a tad. He used them as a display at the 1993 WHS Reunion...whaHoo!

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    2. Great to hear about the 60s photos, Sophie! Mine are graying and fading too! I lugged back two big photo albums filled with family photos from the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Scanning and restoring them as best I can is at the top of my list.

      I also brought back a small album put together by one of my father's cousins in Prince Edward Island. I'm hoping I can identify lots of old, family photos. Anna Fraser made the album several years ago and included lots of information with the photos. I'm going to scan that too.

      I tried scanning in Calgary with Barb's scanner, but I found I couldn't edit the photos the way I can with my scanner. I probably wasn't doing something right. But I'm going to the Apple store later this week to find out what to do.

      I have the $$$ for my new computer, but I'm going to hold off buying it for a little while. My computer seems to have survived its trip to Calgary, including when my suitcase caught on the escalator going up and nearly flipped me over backwards. Fortunately I fell near the bottom and had all the way to the top to get myself upright with everything I was carrying under control. No one was in the area, so major sheepishness wasn't an issue for me! Maybe a security video provided some comic relief to some bored security guy! In all the struggling I only banged my computer once against the side of the escalator. When I told Terry about my twisted knee and misadventure, he shook his head and said, "You need me, Baby!" So true! But the bottom line is that the old computer is hanging in there quite well. Got my fingers crossed.

      Have a super day, Sophie! I hope you can run and jump in the snow and maybe chase a wave or two!

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  23. Hi Y'all!

    What a beautiful white wonderland you have!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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    1. We ran out and hopped all over the yard. Sophie was in her element of course, major teasing moments with charging at me and ducking. She's a scallywag for sure!

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  24. You sniffed out a stick - that is a sure sign spring is coming! Just stopping by and getting caught up on what everyone is up to. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Your Pals Back From Vacation,

    Murphy & Stanley

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    1. I loved your vacation posts ~~~ now that's a perfect place and time to visit such a gorgeous piece of country! Thanks for sharing it all.

      Yes ~~~ Spring is in the air ~~~ been saying that for a month now ~~~ still I know it's coming!

      Cheers!

      Sophie and Ron

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  25. "From Sophie's View" has been included in the A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.

    http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-sunday-drive_24.html

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    1. Many thanks Jerry ~~~ so kind of you!!

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  26. Oh Sophie what wonderful fur you have to keep you nice and comfy in the snow ...you would never have to fight over sweaters like the pups at our house are doing at our blog this week. If you get bored with the snow and would like to see some silly pups doing funny things pop over and visit us. We are so glad we found you and will now be following right along. Hugs from the critters at Willows Farm

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    1. So happy to meet such a fun bunch you appear to be ~~~ the sweaters look so warm and the cuties wearing them ~~~ well ~~~ they are the best posers making the creations even more special. Your property looks so warm and cozy with the garden picture header. We have a garden spreading all around too. Sophie spending plenty of time searching for lost treasures or just chewing a bone.
      Thanks for dropping by and sharing your world, don't forget to join my followers list and then you won't forget me.

      Cheers!
      Sophie Doodle 1/2 Poodle and Ron

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  27. Sophie, that first picture just melts my heart. And your dad told the story in such an entertaining and colourful way, I could just about feel and smell the sweet, springy (take note of that word!) earth under your paws. There is nothing like having your very own favourite tree to keep your treasures safe. Here's to the pending arrival of Spring!

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    1. Hi Carol and BJ!!

      Spring is a major tease this year ~~~ one day warm, the next cool-cold what ever it feels like offering. The snow was beautiful the other day but now looks yucky as always. We are very lazy this morning with grey skies and grabbing extra snoozes. We trekked the park for the passed couple days so have some new aches and pains. Slippery snow does that to you! Oh how I love my 60's...not!
      I trust the flowers are blooming like crazy in Vancouver as always. I so love the cherry blossoms when they pop out. I can smell them now.
      Sophie is guarding her MONSTER TREE not letting any intruders near her possible prized possessions.

      Cheers
      Ron

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  28. Sophie-- such beautiful snowy pictures! I've no doubt that you have lots of treasures buried under that snow!! I'm crossing my "paws" too that Spring gets here soon!
    Love
    Vicki

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    1. Hi Ho Vicki!
      Thanks for helping me and this season called spring and all the silliness Mother NAture is putting us all through his year.
      Not at all impressed, she needs a talkin' to me tinks!

      Sophie

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  29. Hello Sophie and Ron,
    What a good doodle-treasure-hiding place... but now Aston has seen it, he may want to have a little pug-look for bones there now! It looks very pretty there - although I am sure you would prefer it just all melted!! Beautiful pictures of you Miss Sophie (and your trees!)
    Ivan and chewing-pug

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    1. Happy birthday Aston ~~~ on your 8th special day!!

      Listen, Aston ~~~ my neighbour Max is a pug and he'd do anything to get into my yard and dig until the cows came home ~~~ I was so worried for him when he was little because he had no car sense ~~~ so Dad Ron fixed all the fence holes and he hasn't been over since. Now I know if you visited you'd be extra special careful with the cars that zoom by, right!!!
      Anyway, the snow is starting to melt, slowly but surely!

      Sophie

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    2. Hello Sophie and Ron,
      OMG... it must be a Pug thing with the 'no-car-sense' because our 3 pugs have all given me heart attacks over the years, hence the constant leads (and still no always enough!).
      Aston woofs eight thank yous...
      Ivan and Aston

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  30. Cool tree. Haven't seen one of those before. Hopefully Mr. Orangie turns up. :)

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    1. I just have to keep digging and go to the bow-wowels of the earth if I have to!

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