Comment on this post. I'll choose seven userpics from your profile and you'll reply here (or you know, in your own journal, whichever), explaining what they mean and why you're using them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so others can play along (if you want to, that is).
Here are the icons tree_and_leaf chose
This is the cover of Robin McKinley's Deerskin, one of my all-time favourite books. I mostly use it now when I'm talking about books. I also use it to talk about fantasy, creativity, the imagination. I should explain that I tried for a while to have all my icons dog-related in some way, and I still like to try to find doggy themed pictures if I can (I want one for teaching, for example). Obviously, quite a lot of my icons now are not doggy, but quite a few are.
This is Sorry-oo, a character from Moominland Midwinter, probably my favourite of the inimitable Moomin books. He's a lonely little dog who dreams about being a wolf, when really all he wants is to belong somewhere. He always struck a chord with me, and I use this icon when I'm feeling a little sad, wistful or lonely.
This is one of my own photos of Mont St. Michel, taken last spring. I seem to be using it now instead of Deerskin to express creativity, imagination, Romance, and possibly medieval things. I think to me it represents the heroic quest.
Another of my own photos, this time of one of the gargoyles on Notre Dame looking out over Paris. I just kinda like it :) I seem to be using it when I write about travel, or Paris.
This is one of curtana's wonderful icons, words by Lois McMaster Bujold. I love the sentiment, and it expresses something Romantic in me. I'll find a way to use it someday!
This is an illustration for TLOTR by Tove Jansson, snagged off the web. It's her vision of one of the elves. I originally intended it to be my literary icon, and I really like it. I seem to use it sometimes when commenting on others' literary posts, when I want to appear erudite, but I don't often use it. And I think it's a bit obscure - noone but me knows what it is.
Aha. This is the last picture in Thy Servant a Dog by "Boots" aka Rudyard Kipling, one of my favourite books as a child. You may be familiar with it, but if not, it's narrated in the voice of this little Scotty dog called Boots. At this point in the book, his friend (another dog) has just died and the caption on the picture is "I'm just a poor mis'able dog. I do not understand." I used to weep buckets over it, but I think it was the one story that helped me learn about death as a child. I read it, or my mum read it to me, when I was pretty young, like six or seven. I use this icon when I'm really sad, not just slightly wistful and lonely as in the Sorry-oo icon. Like when my mum died.