Saturday, December 3, 2016

The King of Autumn - 2016

Well, I didn't get around to taking a picture of the King this year until he was starting to go bald, but for what's it's worth, here he is:

For those of you who aren't familiar, I dubbed this tree the King of Autumn years ago. He was the starting point of an annual foliage contest, the Rantwick Autumn Tree Smackdown! That contest is currently on hiatus lazicus (look it up in the rantwick-to-latin dictionary) and may well see a revival in 2017, but obviously I'm to late too do it this year.

Anyway, it was a weird year because many leaves were falling away while the lower boughs were still green. At least the King didn't look like these jokers in the same park...

I mean, what was going on with these weirdos I wonder? When I retrieved this photo from my phone, it reminded me that I had a something else I wanted to write up about that little photo stop. Since it is really just some trivial ramblings, I have just now decided that they MUST be included in this post! 

Just past the right edge of this picture sat the Rantwick family car containing Mrs. and Daughter Rantwick, who were patiently waiting for me. Just past the left edge of this picture were a couple of young girls doing cartwheels and saumersalts and stuff. Like this:

When I got back to the car my wife and daughter said they were glad I hadn't lingered around or taken too many pictures. You know why? They said a middle aged guy on his own taking pictures in a park anywhere near children was creepy. I don't know what made me more sad, the fact that anyone would think that about a simple tree nut like me or the fact that I saw their point. We live in a fearful and cynical time; I can't claim to know where reasonable caution ends and paranoia begins, but it seems to me that most of us are more afraid than we need to be. Then again, tell that to a victim of somebody awful. Urg. Have I got you completely bummed out yet? I've brought myself down pretty good, gotta say.

On the brighter side, I got to draw thisand this for this blog post, which was fun. As easy as it is to search up an image of whatever you want these days, I still take great pleasure in making things like this from scratch. Anyway, that's it for now and I hope to be posting again soon. Thanks so much for stopping and reading this!

Yer Pal,



cafiend said...

My world view took a darker turn on October 29, when I came home to find that dirtbag or dirtbags ad entered my home and stolen a bunch of things. Immediately I noticed how lucky I had been that they did not notice other things that would have severely compounded the hurt, but the invasion was still completely unsettling. And then my entire country took a dive on November 8.

Most people are fine and wonderful. But no one wants to give a bad one the satisfaction of scoring. So we all become more suspicious and guarded. And no on wants to be mistaken for a perv, with all the stigmas and inconveniences that go with that role. Actual pervs will do their perv thing and try to get away with it.

Humans are a weird species.

Steve A said...

Might Hitler be hiding in the King's branches? Probably not. I don't see your Canadian Texas Senator up there either. Have I said today how much I enjoy your blog without being bummed out?

RANTWICK said...

Cafiend - Yeah I read about that on your blog but didn't comment... I didn't know what to say other than "wow that sucks". The world, and your country, are fundamentally good. Events sometimes make it seem this isn't so, but I know it. I'm not very very religious, but I just know it.

Steve - Are you referring to that "Hunting Hitler" show on TV? Also, that Texas senator can just stay put, thank you very much. Have I said how much I enjoy your comments?

John said...

All is as it should be for the world. =)

anniebikes said...

Yay, King! I see absolutely nothing wrong with photographing a beautiful tree. Roll on, Mr. Rantwick.

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