I will not bow to the wind (color version)
A massive storm blew through town one Thursday (August 23, 2007). Well, through *all* of Chicagoland, actually. Wheaton reported wind speeds of 90 mph, but we only saw 60-80 mph winds in Romeoville, where this tree lives.
I took this shot just minutes before the big wind blender hit us. Afterward, it was too wet to do anything else but get wet on the porch while admiring the hand of nature flattening anything that could bend. The kids sat on my lap until the surround-sound stereo lightening and thunder drove them back inside.
I love this tree, it sits right outside our old home, directly in front of our porch. It greeted us in the morning as the sun rose over the marsh behind it. It hailed the sunset at night and proclaimed even the slightest change in weather with it's long streamers of leaves. My kids loved to climb it and enjoyed it's green, canopied privacy (on becalmed days with little wind, that is). When I stood beside its trunk I felt as if I were a child, hidden in the skirts of a protective mother.
It wasn't directly on my property, but whenever we watered the lawn, we also shared with this sentinel outside our home.
This is the color version of the shot. I applied a lot of extra saturation (it's cloudy, there's not much to begin with), had to blur out the background a bit, and I'm not too happy with the results. I also had to remove some other distracting elements. Like houses. And trees. And, I think, a bunny. I hope it's not too easy to tell. :)
Nevertheless, I hope you like it!
See the black and white version. I can't decide which is my favorite.