Posts Tagged ‘trees’

Smokey Morning

We neglected the woody growth on the south side of the house for several years.The area turned into a dense jungle. . . which we didn’t like.

Ron cut and cut for days, dug out stumps and moved rocks too. My husband started at one end of the “jungle” and

worked his way to the west. It took quite a while. Needless to say, he got a LOT of exercise.

By then I was tired and went in the house to watch from there.

The smoke was mesmerizing.

                                                                                                     All things are done now, except for small things here and there.

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Tree Personalities

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Who knew trees had such a personality?

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Stories could be made  up to go with the woody personalities.

 “There I was, right in the middle of a swamp. Something jumped in the water. And here came a snake, yes,  a snake.”

You can finished the story. Or get one of your little ones to finish it for you.

Another Face

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I always take pictures of the full moon (some, like this one, from in the house). The trees blocked the last full moon until bedtime. So, I took the camera in the bedroom and later took pictures through the south window when the moon peaked through the trees. I didn’t realize until the next day, when I was looking at the pictures, that I photographed what looked like a moon spirit …

The man in the moon does exist!

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.

Return of the Eastern Phoebe

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I took a break before starting supper and went out in the yard to listen for birds. There should be several species migrating. A phoebe (a flycatcher) repeated its name from a perch I couldn’t find in the catalpa.

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The phoebe flew to the trees by the barn.

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They were still almost impossible to find in all the foliage.

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And then …. and then …. one phoebe landed on the edge of the barn roof. Its song was a rendition of “fee bee, fee bay.

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They nested in the barn three years ago. The nest was in a convenient place on the side of a rafter where I could take pictures of the young ones.

My fingers are crossed, hoping they will nest here again.

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I took this picture in 2013.

 

Portrait of Foliose Lichen

This lichen grows on a tree in my backyard.

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It doesn’t know its name. I don’t know its name,

which in no way diminishes my enjoyment of its discovery.

Eagle Mountain

I’ve waited and waited for a sunny day so I could take a picture of the range of hills called Eagle Mountain. Today I finally gave up and took several pictures anyway. The arrow points to roughly to where the road starts up, and the road continues on past the right edge of the picture a little ways.

It’s a sad time now where Eagle Mountain’s concerned.

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A strong thunderstorm early last summer washed out deep gullies in the road up the first hill. There is the option of going in from the opposite end of the road, which is 30 miles from here. The county doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to fix the road. Of course, I don’t blame them with all the use it gets from ATVs, off-road mudding trucks, etc. The road is roughly four miles long, — four adventurous up-and-down miles, according to the weather. The land is a mixture of private and Shawnee National Forest land. Turkey and deer hunters flock in during the hunting seasons.

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So, at this time, all I have are memories and files of pictures.

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Buffy’s look, “What’s taking you so long?

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This is a wet-weather creek, meaning the creek can be dry, shallow as above, or so high and fast there’s no crossing it.

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The creek narrows as the elevation gradually increases.

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Ripples create yellow-rimmed shadows.

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Ripples in the ice create the yellow designs and the shadows in between.

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Trees growing along the creek need a strong extensive root system. Heavy rains result in high, fast-moving water.

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Mosses and lichens are quite common on the rocky slopes.

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Yellow ochre results from the iron designs in some of the rocks.

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Obviously, there’s red ochre too.

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This was a fresh spring morning, with birds singing.

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Obviously, this was a beautiful fall day.

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This hill is around the corner in the third picture in this blog. It’s steep, rocky slope makes it difficult to climb up from any direction.

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One time Buffy and I went up to the bluff, then to the left and found these rock designs, called liesagang bands. There were so many that it was a momentous occasion, which I blogged:

 https://naturesnippets.com/2012/05/28/liesegang-bands/

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And … the walk back toward the truck.