Long Term Project

Posted by
OurTwoSense (Atlantic Shores, United States) on 12 September 2013 in Plant & Nature.

Lilly : I have this lovely old watercolor of an oak tree - can you match this ?
Ronnie : I've planted ideas this week, Lilly - I'll get back to you with results
Lilly : Okay. Looks like it might be some time . . I'll check back later.

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Devi from Chennai, India

" oakay" !! You have come back with acorns I suppose !!!

12 Sep 2013 5:25am

@Devi: Good (early here) morning, Devi " . . from little acorns . . " (Ronnie Growing)

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Interesting photo. As usual - a great presentation.

12 Sep 2013 5:35am

@Bruce: Thanks, Bruce - a fleeting touch of trompe-l'œil quodlibet here, I suppose. (Ronnie)

Bruno F from Planète Terre, Europe, France

Giving a helping hand to Mother Nature is necessarily a good project !

12 Sep 2013 6:36am

@Bruno F: I do what I can . . (Ronnie)

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

the tree is the beginning of everything!

12 Sep 2013 6:59am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Being an ex Matlot I know you have a "heart of oak" Ronnie

12 Sep 2013 7:04am

Ellebelle from Mosquito Town, Netherlands

You'll have to sing and talk a lot to let them grow fast, Ronnie ............
Good luck :-)))

12 Sep 2013 7:31am

@Ellebelle: Really ? The acorn-seller never told me that ! (Ronnie Uninformed)

véronique cherpantier from potenza, Italy

yes , long term but so nice project ! very cool shot, i love it and hope to see furthers photography of the growing :)

12 Sep 2013 8:15am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

This should give you plenty of time to produce your own pigments too. For example by feeding your cow a diet of mangoes, collecting its urine and reducing it you will be able to make a stunning Indian yellow

12 Sep 2013 10:07am

@grouser: This is valuable knowledge, Grouser. I don't own a cow but I saw one in Belgravia just recently and will take mangoes and a spare bucket next time I am over that way clocking up my Community Service. (Ronnie - Offender 783341/R)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

He-he-he...Lilly gave a life-long task!

12 Sep 2013 11:02am

@Japanalia: That should keep me quiet ! (Ronnie)

Jean-Luc T. from Juignac, France

En effet, il faudra attendre quelques temps pour se mettre à l'ombre!

12 Sep 2013 11:26am

@Jean-Luc T.: Oui, je veux garder le parasol à portée de main ! (Ronnie)

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

Great minds - This year I am planning to get Tegan and Gethin to plant a couple of acorns from our oak tree. Recently returned to Blenheim Palace and they have some Oak trees that must be several hundreds of years old - so a definate "long term project"

12 Sep 2013 11:37am

@Jules: No rush, Jules . . (Ronnie)

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

It looks like you have some green seeds sprouting. You might want to set up a time-lapse camera on them and do something else for awhile. Grouser's comment cracked me up!

12 Sep 2013 11:40am

@Julie L. Brown: Life-long learning for me, Julie . . (R)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautifully-composed shot with seamless transition between the two shots! I'll check back in 50 years! I planted some acorns two years ago and the saplings are about 18" tall with four leaves. :-)

12 Sep 2013 12:18pm

@Steven: That's encouraging - I do intend to give it a try ! (Ronnie)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

We have some huge old oaks here in Florida. Did you visit here about 100 years ago w/some acorns and your trowel, Ronnie?
Your watercolor is beautiful, Lily; you do nice work! ;D

12 Sep 2013 12:32pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Oh no........not another vegetarian foody shot :-)

12 Sep 2013 12:46pm

Jacques Brassard from Quebec, Canada

Good future story...

12 Sep 2013 1:03pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Consider it a work in progress Ronnie! ;-))

12 Sep 2013 1:16pm

@Eric Cousineau: Yeah, that's the way, Eric ! (Ronnie)

Yvonne Simons (:|:) from Tilburg, Netherlands

Everything will be fine, enough creativity here!

12 Sep 2013 2:03pm

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

Planted ideas ??? is there a pun here ?

12 Sep 2013 2:37pm

@Veronique: Smiles . .

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Beautiful frame photo...:-)

12 Sep 2013 2:43pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

the best shot

12 Sep 2013 2:55pm

my-ky from Ontario, Canada

A project that, while you wait, will give you lots of time for photography, Ronnie!

12 Sep 2013 3:25pm

@my-ky: Now, that's true ! (Ronnie)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Such a green thumb! Thanks for the smile today.

12 Sep 2013 3:56pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

If you have ideas, you would have to make the attempt to implement them.

12 Sep 2013 4:34pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Yes but Long term projects, really, are the best. Anything that goes wrong - you can simply blame it on the weather or mother nature or the clown next door who ran over it with the lawnmower...leaving you "sans blame" for anything that does not turn out as expected...a masterful stroke here, Ronnie!!

12 Sep 2013 4:40pm

@Denny Jump Photo: You offer such sound advice, Denny - I have every confidence, now. (Ronnie)

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Ronnie, I sure hope you do not encounter too many squirrels while working on your long term project.

12 Sep 2013 5:17pm

@Ruthiebear: Arlo says he will be setting up a firewall against those beasts, Ruthie. A truck with petroleum jelly is just offloading. They have found their match. (Ronnie)

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Nice photo work Ron

12 Sep 2013 6:32pm

@Willem: Thank you. Your own posting for today is exceptionally fine - Spotlight material, I'd say. (Ronnie)

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

Looks like you both have green fingers!

12 Sep 2013 7:21pm

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

A superb illustration of hope and patience!

12 Sep 2013 7:48pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

I've enjoyed deeply both the conversation and the design of the image.

12 Sep 2013 8:05pm

@Francisco Romero: Thank you, Francisco - you are always welcome at O2S. (Ronnie)

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Works as a cracking still life

12 Sep 2013 8:26pm

gerard1948 from Somewhere on earth, Spain

Too bad, I do not see him big enough to make darkening me, I leave the world and Aminus before.
Have a good evening.

12 Sep 2013 8:27pm

@gerard1948: Yeah, will be a long haul, I think ! (Ronnie)

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

tap, tap, tap, tap..... That's just me tapping my fingers while waiting for Ronnie's oak tree to grow. I'll be back in a few years to check the progress;)

12 Sep 2013 8:56pm

@kiwisa: Thanks, Frances. Strange when you actually think of the timescales - everyone here will be long gone before there is a magnificent oak from that little acorn. The fact that the 'tree' is in there is even more amazing, huh ? (Ronnie)

Oiva from Turku, Finland

Assumptions about planting oak acorns, to obtain the new Oak trees grow! :-)) Haleja.

Happy evening for both of you my good friend!

12 Sep 2013 10:19pm

@Oiva: Thank you, Oiva . . grateful for all your Comments - appreciated. (L&R)

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Make sure you squirrel-proof the plot Ronnie.

12 Sep 2013 10:23pm

@Daryl Johnson: Arlo is spreading a gel petroleum around the plot - reckons it is fireproof. (Ronnie)

omid from mashhad, Iran


12 Sep 2013 10:31pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

A fine idea with nicely arranged elements.

13 Sep 2013 12:34am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Sounds like you have plenty of time on your hands Ronnie! Maybe a little Miracle-Grow will help those acorns along!

13 Sep 2013 12:52am

@Elaine Hancock: I'll ask Arlo about that . . I think he has been feeding it to the cat. (Ronnie)

John Jungklaus from Chase Mills, NY, United States

It great to see this composition ! Very well done !!

13 Sep 2013 2:28am

Abena from Illinois, United States

Oh Ronnie! Hahaha...literally 'planted' ideas, unless they grow as fast as the one in Jack and the beanstalk, then it's going to be a while :-))

13 Sep 2013 3:55am

@Abena: Yeah . . beans might have been a better bet for this Century ! Thanks, Abena. (Ronnie)

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

This is really beautiful. I really love the lighting and composition.

13 Sep 2013 4:48am

@Bettina: Thank you. Like most of our stuff here, it started out simple and cot complicated as we went along - kinda trompe-l'œil look to it in the end. Thanks, Bettina. (Ronnie)

Frankiess from Český Těšín, Czech Republic

Ronnie, I think that the results of your work you will be veeery much wait! ;)

13 Sep 2013 6:23am

@Frankiess: Yes, I checked this morning and no signs of a shoot !! (Ronnie)

Graciel.la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

A long-term project ! Good Luck!

13 Sep 2013 7:21am

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

A very long term project !! Nice composition.

13 Sep 2013 7:29am

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

Beautiful acorns! Love the title, long term project indeed!

13 Sep 2013 12:42pm

@tyan: 'Project' is our common word by chance, here - how about that ! (Ronnie)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

From little things big things grow - but checking back later might involve decades rather than days!

13 Sep 2013 1:28pm

@Stephen: Someone I worked with long ago was fond of an expression of "a year is but an evening gone" . . when trying to explain delays . . He retired early. (Ronnie)

L'angevine from Angers, France

intéressante composition où j'aime ce rateau mini

13 Sep 2013 2:42pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I like Ronnie timing. A fine solution given enough time.

13 Sep 2013 2:54pm

CarineB from Paris, France

Very smart !

13 Sep 2013 3:53pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Interesting and clever composition, Ronnie. I like the image. I think it will become a timeless image, not in the usual way that we say it... I mean that maybe time could be measured with different periods when the oak finally grows... ;-) This is a... really long term project !!!

13 Sep 2013 4:10pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

excellent idea of composition...

13 Sep 2013 4:29pm

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Go for it, Ronnie! It is important to plant trees. An entimologist friend tell me Oaks are one of the best trees to plant for environmental reasons.

13 Sep 2013 5:28pm

@Anita: I am much strengthened by this advice, Anita ! Thank you. (Ronnie)

curieuzeneuzemosterdpot from somewhere between viewer and subject, Belgium

yes, it will take some time ..

but then, you get your own, homegrown oak? :-)))

I mean ..

your own forest? ;-))

13 Sep 2013 9:12pm

@curieuzeneuzemosterdpot: . . all those little Arlos !! (Ronnie)

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

The Jolly Green Giant just won't be the same after his sex change operation

13 Sep 2013 9:27pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Ronnie, I didn't realize that you were a preschooler.

13 Sep 2013 11:30pm

@john4jack: Everything is ahead of me . . a lifetime of learning ! (Ronnie)

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Ronnie is an optimistic character, I like him a lot.
Really he is a "cronopio", the kind of people than the writer Julio Cortázar created, (see in Wikipaedia).

14 Sep 2013 5:42am

@Paco Díaz: "I spent my childhood in a haze full of goblins and elves, with a sense of space and time that was different from everybody else's." (Julio Cortázar) Yup, I know that feeling ! (Ronnie)

Rafael from North Miami, United States

All these messages make a superb shot. Well done !

14 Sep 2013 12:51pm

@Rafael: Thank you - hope the weekend is going well for you. (Ronnie)

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Let's plant an oak Ronnie?

14 Sep 2013 1:41pm

@Ana Lúcia: It's a go !!

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Oak tree growing from seed is a long term project.

14 Sep 2013 2:11pm

@Jypyä Pop: I guess I best not set a minute timer for the checking, then ? (Ronnie)

Regina G. Santaella from Cancún, Mexico

I love this. The whole idea, the processing and composition are fantastic.

14 Sep 2013 4:30pm

@Regina G. Santaella: Thank you - hope the w/e is going well for you. (Ronnie)

Joyce from Montana, United States

A lesson in manifesting dreams. It works. Thought provoking Mr. 2

14 Sep 2013 8:00pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is funny.

15 Sep 2013 4:01am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

ah! there we also have seeds for next year :)
Great composition and choice of motive.

15 Sep 2013 8:04am

@daniela scharnowski: Ah, yes, here, too ! Have a lovely Sunday. (Ronnie)

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent! A creative dialogue and beautiful ... Planting Ideas ... what a great idea! You are a great creative friend! A hug, Adela

15 Sep 2013 9:32am

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Fantastic and creative shot. Answers and questions together. Impressive !

15 Sep 2013 10:02am

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Jolis glands !... :)))

15 Sep 2013 11:34am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Acorns... You are so imaginative, Ronnie!

15 Sep 2013 11:57am

@Marilla: I will try plant them - but don't hold your breath for results ! Happy Sunday. (Ronnie)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

From little acorns, big oaks grow? No, I guess that's not it. Love the earthy goodness of this image. You two never disappoint.
Happy Sunday from a foggy land… :)

15 Sep 2013 3:04pm

@bluechameleon: Thank you, Sharon - good to see you back around fog or no ! (Ronnie)

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

creativa composicion muy buena!!

16 Sep 2013 1:31am

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

This is a very long term project.
Planting trees is always a sight of hope Ronnie :)

18 Sep 2013 12:23pm

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

nicely done
in my garden i place a couple of seeds for severals trees (decorative trees, i forgot the name) and now they are between 1 and 2 meters high, it s nice to see them growing =))

18 Sep 2013 7:50pm

Nicole from Aix en Provence, France

I imagine Lily's face as soon as your oak tree is 1m high !
One is hopeless the other hopeful ; Who is right ? May be both of you

19 Sep 2013 12:03pm

franz from Baden, Austria

most impressive and thoughtful juxtaposition of before and after ! it speaks of a great mind to plant an acorn !!!

19 Sep 2013 6:23pm

JCJ from Troyes, France


23 Sep 2013 4:54pm

Goddess ☼ Ƹl¡ from Tehran, Iran

love this ! truly :)))

2 Oct 2013 7:57pm

@Goddess ☼ Ƹl¡: Thank you, G'dess - the acorns are now planted and I am waiting for results !