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June 24, 2015

I'm a Tree Hugger + Infinity Dreams Award


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I don't really hug trees, but I sure do love them. I've always felt a connection to trees as if they have souls/spirits. Everywhere I go, I see cool trees I want to take pictures of. 

The first 4 pictures (vertical) were taken at Erna Nixon Park and the rest (minus the last one) were taken near the Central Brevard Library in Florida.

QUESTION: Do you love trees?


Lidy Wilks at Paving My Author’s Road nominated me for the Infinity Dreams Blog Award. Thank you so much, Lidy!

I don’t really know the meaning behind this award and tried to find out, but I love dreams and the infinity symbol. :)

Here are the rules for the award:
1) Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2) Tell us 11 facts about yourself.
3) Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
4) Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.

For those 11 facts go here: 20 Random Facts About Me

Lidy’s Questions for Me:

1) What was the first book you’ve ever read? 

I can picture few books that I read at an early age but don’t recall the titles, so I’ll go with the book I remember the most from my childhood: Are You MY Mother by P.D. Eastman.

2) If you were to choose, which book would you like to be physically transported into? 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. This is my favorite HP book.

3) What do you like to do to bring yourself out of a funk/bad mood? 

Listen to music.

4) How do you determine success? 

By meeting a goal.

5) Do you prefer paperback or eBook? Why? 

Both. I like the feel of paperbacks and pick them for novels, but I love eBooks and being able to read short stories on devices.

6) Are you a Star Trek fan or Star Wars? 

Star Wars 

7) What TV show(s) are you currently obsessed with? 

Same shows as always...Revenge and Scandal.

8) Who would you want to play you in your biography movie? 

Emma Watson

9) What is your dream destination? 


10) Who is your favorite super hero/heroine? 

Super hero - Superwoman 

Heroine - Hermione Granger

11) Who is your hero?  

My mom. <3

Since I just nominated 10 bloggers last week I sort of cheated on this next part. I picked the first 11 people who commented on my blog on Monday (unless I had nominated them before). But believe me when I saw they are all worthy and that I would've nominated all of them eventually. Besides that, I struggle to think of bloggers on the spot. 

My nominations:

All of my nominees are women...sorry, guys, but apparently more women read my blog and comment early. Or maybe you have a slow Monday? (Pat and Alex are always one of the first to comment, but I had nominated them for awards before.) I am thankful for all of my male readers though. You guys rock! :D

Questions for my nominees:
1. What is something you’d do tomorrow if money wasn’t an object?
2. What is your biggest, wildest dream?
3. What are you goals for your blog for the next year?

I left it at three questions and stuck to the concept of dreams and blogs. :)

Goodbye for now!


Anonymous said...

Is it safe commenting here? I'm a guy as well. Oh, and I love trees: intended to study forestry at university but never got there. Lot of my work though has involved growing things. Always felt inspired leaning against a tree. (Bit hard now in a wheelchair.)

Rhonda Albom said...

I also love to photograph trees. Congrats on your nomination and thanks for nominating me. Looks like I am one of the first again.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Roland beat me to it!
Congratulations on the award. You're still awesome even if you'd pick Star Wars over Star Trek.
That tree growing through the fence and over the deck is sheer determination at its best.

holli said...

I do love trees! I always take a pictures of pretty trees I see when I travel. I took pictures of a tree last month when I was in Ohio that had beautiful white blooms on it. I don't know what kind it was. When I was in LA, they had these gorgeous trees with red blooms - my coworker called them bottle brush trees. I love the Spanish moss hanging from trees in Florida. I do have a tree in my backyard however that I wish was gone. I am highly allergic to cottonwood trees and so of course I have one. They are awful messy trees all year long.
I may be the only person left that has never seen any of the Harry Potter movies or read the books. I want to though so that counts.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Congratulations on your award, Chrys, and thank you for nominating me. I'm honored.
Your photographs are gorgeous. Trees fascinate me. Sometimes, I can almost sense them watching me. Eerie, I know. We have a mesquite tree in our pasture that has to be at least 100 years old. It has suffered some damage because of the drought, but I often wonder what stories it could tell. Mmm, might be a book there. :)

Chrys Fey said...

It is totally safe to comment here, especially as the number 1 spot. I wish more men did! ;)

Studying forestry would've been neat.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you and you're very wlecome! You're usually one of the first to comment. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Alex, you're usually one of the first ten people to comment on my new blog posts. And I really appreciate that. :)

Thanks! And I'm a big fan of the new Star Trex movies if that makes you feel any better?

I agree. I like how the people didn't cut it down. That would've been a shame.

Chrys Fey said...

I just can't help myself. When I go to a park or take a walk, I see cool trees, pretty trees and if I don't have my camera I say, "I would've taken a picture of that tree, and that tree, and that one." :P

I highly recommend the HP books and movies.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Beverly! And you're so very welcome!

I have sensed that too! I don't find it eerie, though, but comforting. :)

I bet that mesquite tree could tell a great history of that land. Actually, the rings inside the tree trunk really could. Scientists can tell what time it suffered droughts, fires, harsh winters, and even when it had a good growing year.

Jeffrey Scott said...

I always seem to be on the slow end of posting replies to your posts. Sorry about that. Well, you know you do have guy readers though.

Chrys Fey said...

That's okay! I'm not complaining, just observing. I do have guy readers, I do. And am so thankful for them. :)

But hey, you weren't slow today! ;)

Sarah Foster said...

Love your tree photos! I used to get out into nature more when I was little. Probably because my house was practically in the middle of the woods.
Congrats on the award!

Jeffrey Scott said...

My Spider-Sense was tingling and telling me I need to be quicker to reply to posts. LOL

Lisa Thomson said...

I love trees. My favorite sound are leaves rustling in the wind. Your pictures are lovely and show such variation in each Palm tree. I love a Palm tree :) Congrats on the blog award, Chrys!

nashvillecats2 said...

I love trees especially if Squirrels have their drays in them.
Congrats on the nomination. well deserved.

Chrys Fey said...

I don't get out in nature as much as I used to because I can't stand the heat or sun like when I was a kid.

Thanks! :)

Chrys Fey said...

I love that sound too. Especially in the fall. :) I actually eliminated a picture of a Palm tree just before this went live because I thought there was too many.


Chrys Fey said...

I have captured a few pictures of squirrels in my tree in the front yard. :)

Thanks, Yvonne! :)

Chrys Fey said...

That good ole spidey sense. lol

Denise said...

OH, is that poison ivy crawling up that first tree? Kinda hard to tell. I had a friend who was showing me the beautiful vine on her fence and I pointed out that it was poison ivy. She said it probably explained her horrible rash.

Chrys Fey said...

I'm not sure. Good thing I only took a picture and didn't touch it.

Unknown said...

Yes, I love trees. I don't hug them--too scratchy. Thanks so much for the nomination. I should admit, I'm horrible at following up. Whoops.

I just completed the third season of revenge, but haven't watched the last season yet. But I'm caught up on Scandal now.

And I'm heading to Dublin for a couple of days in August. I'll send you some photos.

Misha Gerrick said...

Yeah I love trees, although since moving into a house in a forest, I've realized that a lot of them together can be very creepy at night.

Anonymous said...

Those are cool pictures. I would love to travel to California one day and see the giant redwoods. For now, I'll settle with Michigan's trees which turn lovely colors every year. =)

Pat Hatt said...

Trees can come in such odd shapes and markings that there are fun to see. Congrats on the award. Still on Revenge? That's over you know lol

Cherdo said...

I love trees for a reason not listed: I take detailed pictures so I can save them for references when I am drawing.

betty said...

Congrats on the award :) I think Emma Watson would be good to play you :)

I do like trees; I think if they could talk, they would have interesting stories to tell us. You featured some great looking trees here!


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous pictures! I love trees. Being out around trees is so peaceful and inspiring for me.
I like the infinity symbol, too! Cool award :)

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Chrys, trees are so precious. Your photos are lovely. I'm a sucker for Spanish Moss! Thank you for the Infinity Blog Award! It's been my pleasure reading as many posts as you share!

Lidy said...

I love your photos. Although I'm far from a tree hugger. I was born in the city and there weren't much trees to hug anyways. But VA has a lot of trees, tall and majestic, especially the cherry blossoms. Only thing is, that you'd worry about them falling down and knocking out power in bad weather. Aside from that, yeah I like trees.

Sherry Ellis said...

I really like trees, too. I wish they could talk. They'd probably have some amazing stories to tell. (Have you ever seen the giant sequoias in California? Those are amazing!)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love tree shots. That third one's trunk reminds me of a python or boa.

Thank you for the award.

Nilanjana Bose said...

Beautiful trees, and beautiful photos! Love them totally.

Congrats on the award and thanks much for nominating me. Not entirely sure that I deserve it, but will try my best to :)

Love the infinity word too.

Cherie Reich said...

Beautiful tree pictures! I admit I have hugged actual trees before.

Congratulations on the award! I'd be happy to be transported to any Harry Potter book, but the Prisoner of Azkaban would be cool. We could play with hippogriffs. :)

Thank you so much for the award! :)

Birgit said...

OK this may sound weird since I grew up on a sawmill but I love trees. My dad, the lumberman, gave me respect for trees even though he cut them down but he never cut young and was very much against clear-cutting. Trees have a magic about them. I think of the beautiful colours in the fall and just marvel. love to read more about you but Star Trek is all:) I would love to be in any Harry Potter book. If money were no object-i would pay off my house, quit my job and travel. I always dream about living in Austria or Northern Italy or Southern Germany-in the alps. I am happy to be evolving my blog to not only make cards but write and have people enjoy it

Chrys Fey said...

That's okay! You don't need to follow up if you don't want to. You can still use the award pic, though. I'll allow it. :)

Revenge is awesome and the last season will blow you away! Especially the last few episodes. SO GOOD!

You're going to Dublin? I am so jealous! I'd love some photos. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I can imagine that.

Chrys Fey said...

Oh yes! I'd love to see giant redwoods too. My dad lives in Michigan and says I should go up there in the Autumn to see the leaves change. :)

Chrys Fey said...

OVER? As in over over? I had hoped it wasn't true. But you know what...I am rewatching season one. I still love them.

Chrys Fey said...

I wish I was talented enough to draw good trees.

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you! And that a big compliment. I adore Emma. Is that weird? lol

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Madilyn! :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Dixie! And you're very welcome. I enjoy reading your posts as well. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Haha! I said I don't really hug them. :P And I know what you mean about fearing trees will fall down in bad weather...I like in Florida.

Chrys Fey said...

I wish they could talk too. No, I haven't sequoias in California, but I would love to. :)

Chrys Fey said...

You're welcome, L. Diane! :D

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, Nilanjana!

You're welcome. And you totally deserve it!

Chrys Fey said...

When I was a kid, I hugged a couple of trees.

Yes, hippogriffs and Hermoine's time turner. ;)

You're welcome!

Chrys Fey said...

That doesn't sound weird at all. And I agree that tress have a magic about them. You can just feel it.

I would enjoy your blog if you talked about making cards and writing. :D

diedre Knight said...

Cool pictures, Chrys :-) Cheers to another well-deserved nomination! I do love trees and spend most summers in the forest. Do saguaros count? If so, we had one that stood majestic sentry over the backyard for so long we didn't have the heart to chop it down when it died and it withered to a towering skeleton that resembled a running man for the next several years. Great conversation piece! Always dreamed of going to Ireland, love the brogue, the tales and legends.But if money fell from the sky one day I'd open a Cat Spa :-)

M Pax said...

Trees are awesome. The varieties here in the high desert are limited and they grow into such twisted shapes. It's good for my imagination.

Chrys Fey said...

That would've been a spooky saguaro, especially close to Halloween.

A cat spa? That's cute!

Chrys Fey said...

I love trees that are twisted and spooky! :D

Yolanda Renée said...

I too love trees, and take picture of them all the time. We have several Ash trees, but it looks like they'll have to be taken out. The moth has gotten to them, sad thing is they are 100 feet tall! Worse thing is we have five of them that could fall on the house. So sad to see them go, but would rather watch than be a victim of a windstorm accident.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I do love trees but we've had so many storms in the last few years that we've lost eight trees in our yard and many more had major damage.
I took pictures of some of them this winter when they were snow-covered.
Susan Says

Liz A. said...

Trees make great photographic subjects. And good for only asking 3 questions. These things get so long after a while.

Janie Junebug said...

My neighborhood has many large trees and Spanish moss to spare. I can't remember if I told you I live in Jacksonville.


Julie Flanders said...

The tree pictures are all beautiful. I think the last one is my favorite.
I LOVED Are You My Mother? when I was little. I think I still remember every page.

klahanie said...

Hey Chrys,

Gotta' love awards and well done you. Also, well done to those who you have bestowed the award upon.

I love trees. Can't get enough of them and have been known to spontaneously hug trees in all sorts of varieties. Cedar tree? Yes I do!

I'm going now.....


Liz Blocker said...

I love trees...and I have been known to hug them. Quietly. And hopefully when no one is watching me. What can I say? They're amazing and beautiful.

Congrats on the award!

Anonymous said...

I love trees. I post pictures of interesting ones on my Instagram. I'm very intrigued by biodegradable urns with seeds in them that transform people's ashes into trees.

Chrys Fey said...

That is sad, but much safer to take them down.

Chrys Fey said...

It's sad to see trees go in storms. A tree I loved and would sit in it to read as a child was knocked down during a hurricane. :(

Trees covered in snow are one of the best pictures you can get!

Chrys Fey said...

The award questions do get long. There was no rule about having to ask 11 questions, so that's why I decided to only do 3.

Chrys Fey said...

Florida seems to be covered in Spanish moss. I don't think you ever told me that. Hello, fellow Floridian! :D

Chrys Fey said...

The last one is my favorite too. :)

Are You My Mother? is such a sweet, cute story.

Chrys Fey said...

Hey Gary,

I didn't think you liked or endorsed awards. :P

Haha! You always make me laugh. Come again!

Chrys Fey said...

LOL! I hugged trees when I was little, but who knows? I may see a tree that I want to hug in the future. ;)


Chrys Fey said...

I think that's neat! I used to say I wanted my urn to be buried by a tree so people could visit it and talk to the tree as if it was me.

Anonymous said...

You're welcome :)

Carrie-Anne said...

Thanks for nominating me for the award!

I love trees, and used to love the idea of climbing a tree. Sadly, there weren't any trees I could really climb when I was younger, since their branches weren't low enough, and now that I'm an adult, it's probably not a good idea, given the metal hardware in my right leg. I had a picture book about a girl raised by trees when I was a lot younger. They had this whole tree language too. As an adult, I don't see how that idea could fly, since it's not like being raised by wolves or gorillas1 Trees can't do anything in return like an animal can!

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I love trees! I rescued two spruce saplings from a gala dinner (they were being handed out as party favours, but not everyone took theirs) and planted them in my backyard. I didn't expect them both to make it, but they did, and now they're at chest level.

They look like little Christmas trees. :)

Chrys Fey said...

You're welcome, Carrie-Anne! :D

Yeah, I can't climb anymore trees because of the metal in my back. :( Hey, maybe we can be the metal sisters. ;)

A picture book about a girl raised by trees? I would've loved that book as a kid! But you're right, trees in real life can't move or take care of a child. Unless they are special, fanciful trees. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Handed out as party favors? I would've loved that! And I definitely would've picked up all of the ones left behind. :)

Janie Junebug said...

Hello. I don't know if I qualify as a Floridian. I've lived here almost five years, but I've lived lots of other places. People tell me all the time that I sound like I'm from New York. Only lived there three months. I don't think I'm from anywhere.

Chrys Fey said...

If you live in Florida now I'll call you a Floridian. :) I've lived here just about my whole life and people still say I sound like I'm from up north. It's funny.