Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Harvey's Trees

Perhaps whizzing down this country highway one may not notice these wonderful cone shaped topiary trees majestically standing at the edge of the road amid the pastures, barns and sporadically placed homes. As I have a total fascination in the art of alternating nature in the name of beauty, I did come to a screeching halt in the tiny town of Bent Mountain, Virginia. With camera in hand and not believing my good fortune of finding such trees on the road between here and somewhere, I approached the property just as a car pulled into the driveway. Again my luck for I was about to learn the story behind Harvey's trees.

I was warmly received by a lovely woman who eagerly shared the story of her husband's dedication to the shaped trees. Harvey, planted small pine trees across the front of their property and started trimming them when they were but a few feet tall. As time passed the trees grew to towering heights but Harvey's passion never ebbed and he found ways to continue shaping the trees in spite of their height.

Last year Harvey had a stroke. Just as the height of the trees did not stop him from continuing to shape his stand of trees nor did the stroke. Harvey now has a partner in the endeavor of creating a beauty for those of us who whiz by on the country road to somewhere and just happen to catch a glimpse of the trees.

A smile crosses my face when I reflect on the trees and a sense of awe prevails for the man who is so very dedicated to his trees and his sense of beauty.

Harvey's trees became an e-card my site E-Motioncards for those who don't have the opportunity to happen upon them on the country road in Bent Mountain between here and somewhere.

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