Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Sweet Pignut Hickory


Found this hickory and it keyed out to be Sweet Pignut Hickory. I'll have to wait till spring to check the leaves to make sure.  Below is the tight fissured bark which is typical of hickories.



Sweet Pignut Hickories have thin husks. More reasons to head to the woods. I can compare the difference between the two nuts. There are a lot of Bitternut hickories in the area to find.



Unique buds show the tree and its character. Another hickory has orange buds. They are fuzzy and it is a Bitternut hickory.


These buds below come from a Bitternut hickory tree. It will be interesting to look at the tree in the Spring to verify  what kind of tree this is.

The pith of the twig is brown and solid.


The Lord is good. His mercy is everlasting. His word is true and can be trusted in hard times. He is a Father to the fatherless, a friend to the friendless. Let us give Jesus the opportunity  to show Himself strong for us as we serve Him.

Monday, December 04, 2017

Virginia Creeper


One of  the first to show color in the fall.


Matthew 6:33
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, 
and all these things will be added to you.

Matthew 20:16
"So the last shall be first, and the first last."


The lowly vine of Virginia Creeper has its time of beauty in its season. Let us not look at our position but our purpose. Do that well and you will be given more to do.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Hackberry in NKC vacant block


Found this Hackberry in a vacant lot. This is a good profile of the tree, showing the branch structure.

The buds hug the branch.

God is good and will help us and provide a way for us no matter what the problem. Live in expectation of His guidance and help. Look to Him and believe our creator that He can be trusted and taken at His word.

John 16:33
"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Branches grow from Fallen Tree


I see this occasionally. A tree falls but does not completely die. Branches start growing from the bole of the fallen tree.

Even when what we try to do fails. There is still growth possible if we will keep at it. Never give up.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Poison Ivy


Three leaves, let it be. Is a saying I heard as a child. This plant has an oil that causes a bad rash on many people. If you think you have been exposed to this plant, wash your skin as if you were trying to get car grease off. Doing this will keep you from getting the rash.


This plant is a vine. It can't grow up off the ground by itself. 

Large Poison Ivy vine growing up this Persimmon tree.

Just as we may be exposed to Poison Ivy we may be adversely affected by the cares of this life. Just as this Poison Ivy vine is strongly attached to the tree. Sin, anger, unforgiveness, bitterness, hardness of heart, a bad attitude, ungrateful heart will affect us adversely.

Jesus offers us the solution. Turn to Him and He will help you cut these these strongholds out of your life. To ignore this vine will put a strain on the tree causing it to die prematurely. When we ignore the sin that attaches to us we are hindered in living a fruitful life for Jesus.

Poison Ivy run amok can turn into a painful experience. Don't ignore God's direction. He wants to help us and heal us, so we can minister for Him to others.

John 3:36 "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

Father, be merciful to me a sinner. Guide me by your Spirit to leave the old ways of the world and walk in newness of life. In Jesus name. Let it be.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Lightning Strike Cottonwood


I came across this tree last summer. There was a lot of bark on the ground that seemed to be stripped by the lightning strike. It is interesting to watch the results of this event. I watched a Kentucky Coffee tree a few years ago after it was hit by lightning and it ended up dying in a couple of years.

Even when disaster strikes us we have victory in Jesus. 



Romans 8:37-39
"But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, 
nor angels, nor principalities, 
nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 
39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, 
will be able to separate us from the love of God, 
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Monday, November 27, 2017

Squirrel making use of Tree Cavity



Found a squirrel making use of a tree cavity for a home.

The Lord will bless us in life as we follow Him. He will show us places that will protect us from the storms of life. He will lead us to green pastures that will nourish our inner man.

Psalm 23:1-3
"The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake."

Sunday, November 26, 2017

River Birch


Circumference 37.5" The stem to the right was 32 5/8" but not used in the points.
Height measured at 52'
Branch canopy measured at 56' 40'
Total points 102

This tree is an ornamental planting in a park. They are usually found along rivers. The tree grows in open areas. If it is overshadowed by other trees, it will die out.


The paper thin bark of this tree makes it unique. Horizontal lines in the bark also are unique. The buds hug the twig.



I found a leaf that shows its characteristics.




It is unusual that the male catkins remain on the tree after the leaves have fallen. Is it unique for this species?


The variety of nature never seems to end. The same with people. We are all unique and offer to God and others an ability and gifts that others don't have.

Ephesians 2:10
"For we are His workmanship, 
created in Christ Jesus for good works, 
which God prepared beforehand 
so that we would walk in them."

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Muskrat Home


This wildlife area had some muskrat lodges in the ponds. They build them out of mud and sticks and make the entrance under the water. Swimming in the water they access their lodge from underneath and then come up into their dry living area.

They get their name from their musky smell. They are 16-25" long including an 8-11" tail. In the wild they live 1 - 3 years. They have web hind feet for swimming and smaller feet in front for digging. They eat mostly a plant based diet.




Muskrat lodges amidst ducks in water,
Open sky and peaceful surroundings.

Looking for photos amidst nature,
and I am the spotter.

Muskrat lodges made of plants and mud,
their entrance is accessed under water.

They live secluded in their home,
but most would call it a dud.

Busyness and progress pass them by,
the acquiring of stuff is the thing.

In the end a dumpster is used to clean it all out,
but the lowly muskrat will still be there by and by.