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Photo taken by contributor Jacque who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and ADHD. She is a graphic designer, wife, and mother to two boys. She is learning to draw from God’s strength to get her through every day. She has also found art and music to be great healers and outlets for the soul.

About this photo: “I’ve driven past this tree for over 9 years to and from work. It stands alone in a field with its dark  trunk and branches calling out to everyone. See me. Hear me. Connect with me. I’ve always had this bond/love for this tree. Somehow I just connect with its loneliness, its strength, its beauty against the sky and the empty field around it. The tree has been there through my diagnosis. Through my therapy sessions. Through changing medications and doctors. Through fears and ups and downs. The tree always reminds me to stand tall through the storm. I snapped this picture a few months ago of my tree. Sadly two weeks ago, a storm took it down completely. But inside, I have that tree’s energy rooted inside of me. It gives me strength and hope against whatever I might face, even on the days when I feel isolated and alone. On days when Darkness takes hold, I look at this picture and remember…I have the memory of my mighty tree rooted within me…”

Find more from Jacque at her blog.


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9 comments on “Roots

  1. Mish
    July 11, 2016

    Beautiful photo and an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. laurent domergue
    July 12, 2016

    Don’t mess with my Roots …!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Atomic
    July 12, 2016

    So awesome!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Mike Abraham
    July 12, 2016

    Powerful image Jacque. I find that trees and skies provide the most evocative and spiritual images for my photography and in dealing with my own struggles.

    Liked by 1 person

    • god[isms]
      July 12, 2016

      Thanks for your comments Mike!
      I totally agree. Nature and photography are both a big part of my therapy.


  5. Jaeda DeWalt
    July 26, 2016

    I am so happy you immortalized this majestic tree. Exquisite work, Jacque! And such a touching story behind the photograph and your personal connection to this tree. What an incredible way to experience it.


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