Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol

Photo By: Carrie

Rock Creek, Sierra Foothills

Have you ever carved your initials into a tree?Β  As romantic as this tradition sounds something has always stopped me from adding my mark into a trunk of a tree. I guess my relationship with trees runs more than surface deep.

*This post is part of the Weekly Photo Challenge, this week’s theme, symbol. It was challenging. You can find other interpretations HERE.


  1. I’ve always loved the idea too but couldn’t do it myself. For me it’s because I seem to give every living thing a set of thoughts and feelings, so I think about the reaction of the tree being carved… silly I know 😊

    1. I don’t think that is silly, it is great to hear someone out there has empathy for living things!! Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

  2. I like your interpretation of the challenge, Carrie. As a child, I gouged my initials in each cottonwood I climbed with a large nail; it was almost a rite of passage among my siblings and me. I also enjoyed finding the initials of my mom and her siblings in those same trees. I haven’t scarred a tree since 6th grade, however, and now it would seem sacrilegious to do so.

    1. Yes, I could see the thrill in finding those names who have climbed before you. That is a beautiful, adventurous thought, Janet. And yes, when we know better…we do better!

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