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PhotoHunt: Protection

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This week's theme is "Protect(ion)."

This is a bottle tree. An old African folkloric tradition - put a bottle tree in your yard to protect your home and family from bad spirits who will be attracted to the shiny colors and get trapped inside the bottles.

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I took a photograph of a bottle tree at the NC Botanical gardens in Chapel Hill but didn't realize what they were for. I like your shot and also appreciate learning the history of them.

Sue:

Coolio! I did not know that before :) Great pics!

ann:

I had heard of the bottle tree and have seen many on Gardenweb... but don't know if I had heard the reason for them... most of the ones I see all have blue bottles... but I do love the one you have shown... all colors and types of bottles...

Love this post!!

Wow, that is an interesting folk lore; what a way to interpret the theme. Happy weekend.

Beautiful photos! And great take on the theme!I am still having hard time with this one.

liz:

What a pretty tree!

Wonderful! I've never heard of this before. Great take on the theme!

This is such a cool idea! I'd make one except I'd be afraid local teenagers might like smashing the bottles on the street. Hmmm. Maybe the backyard!

Wow - I didn't know that - great pictures! :)

YTSL:

What an interesting belief and beautiful de facto sculptural work that results from it! :)

WOW!! I learned something new today-thank you!! Excellent shot btw:)

Stop by to see my "protection" shots!
http://upcountrysmiles.com

Wow,what a unique entry! The bottle tree sure looks cool.

I think we both have something in common with my post :)

That is interesting to know. Cool entry for the theme. Mine is up too.cc

jong:

interesting...

Good stuff. To protect your home and family from bad spirits is certainly important, but who drinks the spirits that were in these bottles initially?

Have a great weekend!

this is v intriguing!

sheri:

Wow, Annie. That is really interesting and I love your photo. Maybe I could create a small one in my small back yard! It would certainly be a conversation piece!

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, what a unique take on this week's theme! It was really interesting learning about the folklore tradition. It's cool how they used different shapes and colors.

Great photos Annie! Have a great weekend!

KarenSue:

this is soooo cool!

I love the look of colored glass, I don't have them in trees..but all over the house.

kaye:

beautiful artwork
beautiful photo
I especially loved reading the meaning behind both

I’m feeling safe here’s my photo hunt

Very creative and cool - love it!

Never heard of a bottle tree before. Interesting! I’d love to have one but I would probably get a letter from the HOA. Love the colors, the different shapes and what a gorgeous day it was.

A.:

That's a very attractive bottle tree. I imagine they don't all look quite so good, but so long as they serve the protection purpose.

Flo:

I have never heard that before!! Those are beautiful bottles. Great pics. Thanks for stopping by my photo hunt.

This is so cool - is this in your backyard?

nancyhol:

I LOVE the bottle tree! Thank you for sharing your photos and the background behind it.

Very interesting! I've never heard about it before.

I've never seen a bottle tree before but they look so colorful and they make a great photo.

Stop by my photo hunt if you get a chance.

This is new to me also. Beautiful bottles and wonderful photos! Where did you find these?

Thanks for your comments everyone!

Jerry and Girasoli, this one isn't in my backyard - I saw this one at a folk art show. Sometimes I see them in people's gardens here in NC and they really look cool so I'm thinking about getting one myself!

How interesting. I'd never heard of a bottle tree. Cool photos.

jam:

Nice take! Thanks for sharing with us the knowledge on African tradition, appreciate that!

Thanks for the history. I would like to make one bottle tree for my garden. :)

Great take on the theme - love the bottle tree! menehune

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