Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wonky Tree Thoughts

If you live in an area that gets snow in the winter, you know it's only bright white for a brief time. After a day or so it gets dirty and dingy looking. So the ground underneath a tree in winter isn't pristine white.  Here in New England, the only trees that are green in the winter are evergreens, which are usually tall and narrow. 

Given the almost two feet of snow we got this past weekend, I've been thinking about winter trees.  How do trees in your area look in the winter? How would you represent them? If you live in an area that doesn't get snow, how would your viewers know what time of the year it is?

Making wonky houses and trees are pretty easy.  I'd like you all to think about where you live.  How would you represent your location?  What's different about winters in say, Memphis or southern Florida, or California?  What does it look like in January in Kununurra Australia?  Is it different than what it looks like in July?

Houses in places that get cold and have a lot of snow generally have steep roofs so the snow doesn't weigh the roof down.  What do houses in Hawaii look like? I bet their roofs are not as steep.  I want to see your wonky houses and trees, but I'm much more interested in seeing how you can interpret the world around you without using words.

It's worth thinking about for sure, but also LOOK around you.  Find the clues.  Take notes. Take pictures!


karen said...

Hawai'i has sort of steep roofs as well because many of us get so much RAIN! I heard this am that we've had 6" so far in November (on the windward side of the Big Island- in Hilo).

Quiltdivajulie said...

The ground under trees in Memphis during the winter is boringly brown (either because of faded mulch or due to the bermuda grass - the green blades die back and turn khaki color until the new growth happens in the spring)

Rooflines here are most interesting - lots of angles (no worries about snow load) - and fairly steep (I think because they can)

earthmotherwithin said...

We have back-to front summers down under -January is HOT and if you live in Kununurra is is also wet with the monsoon. In Perth where I live everything is brown and dry in January, with bright blue skies and blazing light. In June it is grey skies, wet grass, green all over. I am not sure we have four seasons, though. The indigenous people thought we had six. Hmmm food for thought!

Megan said...

We know it's autumn at our place because the liquid ambers (which are not native to Australia) lose their colourful leaves. The native trees remain unchanged - except the wattles, which bloom bright bright yellow in late winter.

Sydney, Australia