Explore with Me 003 | “Tongues in Trees” {Tiny Stories in B&W}

Hello, dears!

Today I have a collection of small stories for you – stories in photos, that is. Usually I look for pretty colors or beautiful lighting when taking pictures, but sometimes in winter there’s not a lot of either – especially in the scrubby, ugly part of the woods I was wandering through a while ago. So I switched gears and started looking for interesting textures, specifically things that would look nice in black and white, where colors and lighting wouldn’t matter so much.

Once I started looking for details, I was nearly overwhelmed by all the interesting and pretty things I found everywhere. Hopefully this episode encourages you to enjoy the beauty of nature even when it’s not usually considered beautiful. I’m going to add just short captions to the photos so you can enjoy the stories yourself without too much distraction. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

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the new is breaking through.

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twisted, clinging vines tangled like braided hair.

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old, wooden waves washed ashore.

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big beauty.

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the ominous shadows.

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never give up: when you can’t go forward, grow another way.

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a nest of fragile security.

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tears over lost ground.

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small beauties hidden in the falling apart.

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out of place.

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slipping through the cracks.

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wooden centipede.

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a resting place.

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bark of barnacles.

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a dainty chaos.

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Β torn.

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innocence in sorrow.

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losing patience.

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surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows… – Isaiah 53:4

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he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5

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but oh, the Light has touched the world and left behind a hope inΒ  e v e r y t h i n g.Β 


Ahhh, goodness. I really enjoyed making this post. Looking, not just seeing, rarely fails to make me more grateful and amazed at God. He places so many beautiful stories around me to remind me of his love. I hope this inspires you to go outside and find “tongues in trees, brooks in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.” – William Shakespeare.

Could you find the little stories in any of these photos? Which one was your favorite?

Thanks so much for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!


P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 50mm lens. Edited with picmonkey.com.


42 thoughts on “Explore with Me 003 | “Tongues in Trees” {Tiny Stories in B&W}

  1. Goodness. “innocence in sorrow” made me stop and stare and scroll up and stare some more. THIS IS BEAUTIFUL, ALLISON. Your words paired with your photos make such a breathtaking combination. ❀


  2. This is such a beautiful post! I love the Shakespeare quote ❀ The thorns are really striking in black and white 😯


  3. Wow wow wow. These pictures and the little sentences were so just, well, I cant think of the right word to describe it other than beautiful. I loved all of them so much, but my favorite was the “never give up: when you can’t go forward, grow another way.” This was an amazing post! πŸ™‚

    -Laura ❀ πŸ™‚


  4. Very meaningful. I liked stranded. When we are handing on for dear life in our circumstances, Christ is there to catch us if we fall.


  5. Allison,
    These are beautiful, the words and the pictures together! I don’t know that I have a favorite; I like so many of them. It makes me smile to see these little details of nature because right now I am living so much in the city and really miss the country side where I grew up. Thanks for sharing!


  6. On the photo titled “torn” I actually see a face in the leaf with a one-sided smile πŸ™‚ Lovely blog, for some reason, the black and white photos made it seem 100x more interesting!


  7. Your captions are everything! The thorns and bible versus caught me by surprise, and brought up some unexpected emotions! Thank you so much for these blogs, they are beautiful and touching πŸ™‚


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