It looks dead outside

I grew up in Southern California.  I didn’t see snow until I was 11 or 12.  For me, seasons did not exist.  Then we moved to Colorado.  I remember my first winter.  I was so depressed since everything looked dead outside.  I was used to seeing flowers everywhere.  My mom would plant new flowers in our yard four times a year.  I loved the colors and smells.

It took me a few years, but now I can say that I love experiencing the seasons.  When winter hits I don’t see dead trees, bushes and flowers.  I now see their beauty.  And their potential, since I know that in a few months buds will start to appear and I will get giddy with excitement for spring and all of its beauty.

Here are some of the trees I marvel over each day when I take my dog for a walk.  Enjoy.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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47 Responses to It looks dead outside

  1. T. F. Walsh says:

    How cool… I love freaky looking trees… I actually took photos of some on my trip last week to Queensland… will have to put them up on my blog this week:)

  2. fgassette says:

    Great photos. I am also a lover of trees. I think they are beautiful all year long, in their bearness and when they are full of the colors in the fall.


  3. Trees are so beautiful even in their winter state of undress. Great shots!! 🙂

  4. gageier says:

    Ja alles sieht noch so kahl aus ,es wird Zeit das der Frühling kommt ,dann ist man viel froher und heiter eine schöne Woche Klaus

  5. Caroline says:

    I can still hardly wait for the treest to be green again but I like seasons. The naked branches have something eerie.
    I like your shots. Especially the last two.

  6. Gilly Gee says:

    I love to see them naked, you get to see their structure. And then to see tiny buds gradually grow bigger, without the dormant time there can be no fresh growth.

  7. Kristina says:

    Beautiful shots! I love seasons, there is always something to look forward to 🙂

  8. wolke205 says:

    The first one looks like an “Ent” out of Lord of the Ring Movies, if you have a bit imagination you can see him lift up one of his legs 😀 Great shots!!

  9. Fergiemoto says:

    Cool tree photos! I live in an area where I can enjoy the changing seasons, and it’s nice to experience four distinct seasons.

  10. Melissa says:

    Beautiful! I love trees in the various stages of the seasons, unfortunately I have to look at online sources to see them 😛 One of these days I want to vacation in a place just to see the fall foliage.

    • TBM says:

      You should at some point. It wasn’t until I moved when I realized how much I was missing. Don’t get me wrong, on the really cold, windy days I wish I was still in sunny California. The grass is always greener…

  11. Northern Narratives says:

    I like tree photos and looking at all the branches. Nice post.

  12. thirdeyemom says:

    I love the seasons too but hate gray days. We are supposed finally get a ute dump of snow which I hope happens as I love it when leaves are coated in wet dripping snow! Stay tuned..

    • TBM says:

      I hope it arrives. Today is a grey day in London, but I kinda like them. I’m a little odd though.

      • thirdeyemom says:

        You are lucky as I am a sun person. It normally is sunny here even in winter. When I lived in Chicago and Paris over the winter I found the weather hard on me. Enjoy!

      • TBM says:

        Oh I love sunny days, but I’m more used to grey days. I have never been to Chicago or Paris. I’m hoping to go to Paris later this year though.

  13. Jackie Cangro says:

    There’s beauty in every season. When the trees are bare you get a chance to see the gnarled branches all twisted and contorted into different formations. Cool!

  14. niasunset says:

    Beautiful tree photographs, you know how much I love them. Thank you dear TBM, with my love, nia

  15. It really does look dead. Where is the creepy looking owl that it should have?!

    • TBM says:

      Funny that you mention an owl. The other day I was walking by these trees and I heard an owl for the first time. I haven’t spotted him yet, but it was fun to hear him.

  16. foreverpaper says:

    Looks a little like winters in Michigan, only our trees are smaller. Hahaha! These pictures are gorgeous, though, and to be honest, I think I like the look of leafless trees. I can’t quite tell you what they remind me of, but they are sort of hauntingly beautiful. 🙂

  17. Oh you are truly someone after my own heart. I do a series of tree photos from countries that I visit as well. Have to post that soon and link back to you.

  18. Carl V. says:

    Wow, that first tree really looks like an Ent. It almost looks as if its multiple limbs are moving and contorting. Very cool.

  19. lynnsbooks says:

    Cool pic. Don’t think me strange but I actually like the top picture which includes a cemetery then a tree then flats behind. It puts me in mind of the Audrey Niffeneger book her Fearful Symmetery. The book is about a number of people living in flats overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London – apparently it has a number of famous people buried there and is well visited!
    Lynn 😀

  20. Novroz says:

    those trees look really cool, I never experienced the four seasons because I live in the equator.

    must be fun to have 4 seasons

  21. Robin says:

    Beautiful, TBM. I love the bones of trees. I love them clothed in leaves, too, but it’s interesting to see the structure in the winter months. 🙂

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