Posts Tagged ‘oak’

Shadowy Trees

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I’ve debated with myself on whether to post pictures of trees with light and shadow patterns on their trunks. The wind and/or breezes blow the leaves and branches back and forth, adding movement to the shadow designs.

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The changing positions of the sun change the shadows. For some reason the wind moving the shadows fascinates me.  I wonder if the wind is sometimes involved. There could be a request for slight movements or different degrees of active. Their positions are on the trunks on the east side in the morning and the west in the afternoon. They are so varied and become mesmerizing.

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I wonder if anything can be “read” into the shadow designs? Is it a secret language? Maybe the earth made a request from the sun for some reason. Or it could be a kind of writing, and then the tree does what it’s meant to do.

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The messages could travel inside the trunk,

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and either down into the earth, or up and out into the sky.

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  This would then transfer the energies to where they’re requested.

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… Then there’s the huge oak across the highway. It definitely has a position of distinction. It could be transferring the energies and/or messages to where they’re requested.

 The highway department recently cut of several long limbs so they wouldn’t fall on the highway. That upset me. It’s such a huge majestic tree.

My husband stepped it off, and the crown spread of the tree is 35 yards.

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 The base of the oak grows at the top of a little slope, only feet from the highway. It must receive messages for itself  and then send them to where they’re requested.

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The oak grows directly across the highway from our kitchen. I’m definitely attached to it after living across from it for 40 years.

 This makes me curious about the spirit world and their possible activities.

… and I will continue to watch the shadows on the tree trunks.

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Do You See Her?

The morning fog blurs the background of this picture.

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I sit on the couch across the living room from the window. Every time I sit here I see a face staring back at me from the oak outside the window (three windows side-by-side).

The leaf hanging on the left is her hair, the twig angling in from the top right is her closed eye, and the lowest leaf on the right is her mouth.

What is she thinking? Does she have a message for me?

Finally!

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After months and months of this picture popping up on my screensaver, I finally found the picture in my computer.

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I hadn’t been able to identify them either. Then I found their picture in a small book “Mushrooms and Other Fungi of Land Between the Lakes”

Microstoma flocossa.

They grow on partially buried  sticks and twigs of oak trees. The small cups (to .8 centimeters) produce the spores.

Growing Wings?

Now I’ve seen everything!

I was taking pictures of a beetle

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on the bark

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of the Ingram Hill Oak.

Then I looked down …

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and found wings coming out the side of the tree.

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There was no body attached or any damage to the wings.

They just looked like they were growing out the side of the tree.

I Have A Mystery

I have spent a LOT of time out in nature for a lot of years,

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and I saw something this afternoon that I’ve never seen before. The strips of bark were on the east side of the tree. Something removed them up 10 feet or so.

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 There was no evidence of birds removing the bark.

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The bark looked like it was recently removed. I found no claw marks.

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I think the tree was an oak. The remaining leaves just looked like a jumbled mess.

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I have limited experience with mammal signs, except for deer. I saw a bobcat track on the road here once, and saw a bobcat here one time too. I was in the dry creek bed, looked up, and there  it stood, looking at me. It walk off.

My youngest son and a friend were squirrel hunting here with .22’s. Davis had a pistol and his friend with  rifle. Davis was at the edge of the road, and his friend was in the woods. A mountain lion walked in their direction, before it turned and meandered off up the hill. It never saw them. Southern Illinois didn’t have mountain lions until the last several years. I’ve never seen one and hope I never do.

Anyway, I would appreciate any suggestions that would explain this “bark removal.”

Who Tunneled Here?

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 Buffy and I went to Ingram Hill. We go often for a short walk  and for the long view.

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Most of the snow and ice from a recent winter storm had finally melted. This tunnel looked to have been dug under the snow.

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I have little to no experience when it comes to identifying tunnels. I recognize ones from crawdads in our yard and the change in them if one of our impressive-size king snakes takes it over.

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My first thought was mouse, and I’m calling it that, until and if, I learn differently.

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Another reason to visit Ingram hill is that one of my favorite trees grows there.

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The oak’s been struck by lightning twice that I know of. That was before I took this picture. A tornado went by close enough to do damage 3 years ago, and required trimming some limbs. I took this picture before the storm damage. The trunk has a 13-foot circumference, and the crown spread measures 37 yards (111 feet).

A REAL Mystery

The proof is in the picture.

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My daughter found this tree while hiking at a popular spot in the Shawnee National Forest.  She did a double take, took these 2 pictures and questioned “how.”

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The tree growing from the ground is an oak. The tree growing out the side of the oak is a maple.

I’d be glad to hear from anyone who has an idea as to how this happened.