Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Honey locust Covered with Lickens

On one of my lunch hikes I came across this Honey locust tree. I have never seen a bowl of a tree covered as completely as this tree is by likens.

Job 13:15
"Though He slay me,
I will hope in Him.
Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him."

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Honney Bees and Garlic Chives

My wife told me about these bees in our back yard. Bees and other insects were busy collecting the nectar from our Garlic chives.

Job 19:25
"And as for me, I know that my Redeemer live,
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth."

Friday, September 26, 2008

Yellow Wildflower

Job 42:10
"And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the Lord increased all that Hob had twofold."

Thursday, September 25, 2008

American Sycamore Bark

I enjoy the light and dark contrast in the American sycamore bark.

Psalm 119:105
"Your work is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path."

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Power Line Recovery

Photo taken 23-Mar-08
This power line right of way was cleared last fall. I will be taking photos to show the recovery. I do not know if chemicals were use to keep the growth down.

On 21-Sep-08 I decided to find out how the growth was coming on this power line. It was Sunday morning and foggy with limited time I planned to walk over with my dog to take a few photos. I figured that there would be some knee high growth and some trees maybe growing up to waist high.

What I found was astonishing.

This first photo does not show any growth but it does demonstrate the amount of fog that was present that morning.

This area is ripe for thistles. And there were plenty here.

These 2 photos show the abundance of blackberries. They were not just growing along the ground but were about chest high, 5' and will reap a bucket load of blackberries next summer.

The above photo shows the high growth of grass. The red stemmed plant below escapes my memory, but there were many plants 5' or higher.

Above is a cottonwood tree that looks like it has made it past 8' in height. I could not get to it because of the blackberries.

There was no way I was going to get back to the spot I was at in March without a machete or a stick to beat my way in. But this photo shows how much growth has come back since last fall when all vegetation was cut out.

This photo shows the abundance of Black locust.

Nature will not be denied. Man may alter as area for awhile but if left alone nature will take it back. I find this example to be encouraging in the resilience of nature. God has made plants in such redundancy that even with man's effort nature will rebound. I know there are places that are ruined by overuse, strip mining. Some areas of the middle east have been barren for years. Yet with the wise management of man some of these areas are coming back.

In Israel there used to be a forest in the Negev. Now it is just desert. Trees are being planted back in the Negev with special thought to catching water for the tree and a forest is coming back into existence.

Ezekiel 20:46

"Son of man, set your face toward Teman, and speak out against the south and prophesy against the forest land of the Negev,

Ezekiel 20:47

and say to the forest of the Negev, 'Hear the word of the LORD: thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I am about to kindle a fire in you, and it will consume every green tree in you, as well as every dry tree; the blazing flame will not be quenched and the whole surface from south to north will be burned by it.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Kentucky Coffee Tree

Twice compound leaves and curled bark are sure signs this is a Kentucky Coffee tree. The little bit of yellow in the leaves caught my eye and I noticed it was a Kentucky Coffee tree.

Here is a tree ID key for compound leaves.

Psalm 119:93
"I will never forget Your precepts,
For by them You have revived me."

Monday, September 22, 2008

Bur Oak

When I came across this Bur oak I did not have my measuring equipment. I was on a lunch hike and did not bring it with me. I estimated the points to be around 220. Now I will have to come back and find this tree to see how close my estimate was.

Psalm 119:90
"Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations;
You established the earth , and it stands."

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Revisit of Double Post Oak

I found the double Post oak from last year. As usual the photo in the summer is hard to do the tree justice.

Below is the photo I took in late 2007.

Psalm 119:89
"Forever, O Lord,
Your word is settled in heaven."

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ginkgo Tree

Walking in a park I came across this Ginkgo tree. The tree is originally from China and does not reproduce in the wild. Lately they have found a couple of places that it does reproduce in the wild. The female fruit stinks and because of this the female tree has been banned in some places.

The oldest tree in China is about 3500 years old according to "The Ginkgo Pages".

There is a petrified forest in Washington state of Ginkgo trees. Read about it in "Exploring the world of Trees" blog

Psalm 119:72
If Your law had not been my delight,
Then I would have perished in my affliction."

Friday, September 19, 2008

1400 Year old Angel Oak due for removal

Angel oak in South Carolina facing threat by urban sprawl.

Sign the petition to save this tree.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dear Sign

Watching the growth of an acorn it was gone in August when I went to photograph it. Deer will eat a large amount of acorns. I read in one research article that 9 White oaks 40 cm in diameter will produce 100 kg of acorns.

The photo above was by the tree that I went to get photos of the growing acorns.

Psalm 119:92
"If Your law had not been my delight,
Then I would have perished in my affliction."

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Seeing these cattails I wanted to get a photo down on their level.

Another term for these plants is bulrush. Birds use the disintegrating heads of these plants are used by birds to build nests. Indians have used them to soften boards that babies are carried on.

When you see these plants you know water is near.

Isaiah 35:7
"The scorched land will become a pool
And the thirsty ground springs of water;
In the haunt of jackals, its resting place,
Grass becomes reeds and rushes."

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fallen Tree

I came across this tree that has been dead for a long time I noticed the fresh dirt by the base of the tree gives a clue the tree has recently fallen.

Sometimes in life an activity that was done is no longer useful. Being creatures of habit we continue in the practice long after its usefulness has passed. It is only when it is made obvious that we realize the need to do something dilfferent.

Zechariah 11:2
"Wail, O pine tree, for the cedar has fallen; the stately trees are ruined!
Wail, oaks of Bashan; the dense forest has been cut down!"

Monday, September 15, 2008

Leaves Retaining Water

Here is a beautiful Eastern Red cedar that is holding water after the rain.

Red bud leaves seem to cause the water to bead up on the leaf and not flow to the lowest point.

There have been times when I am in the woods when the leaves keep dripping water long after the rain has stopped.

There was one time I was camping at a campsite while it was raining. I went up into the woods tied a canopy over my hammock and laid down to read. I was enjoying my book and did not notice the rain stopping because of the constant dripping from the leaves over me. What made me aware of the change of weather was when I heard children playing down below in an open field. I then listened and realized the rain was not falling anymore.

Psalm 119:73
"Your hands made me and fashioned me;
Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments."

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Shag Bark Hickory

Below are some Shagbark hickory nuts.

Psalm 101:3 "I will set no worthless thing before my eyes,"

Saturday, September 13, 2008


Found this toad stool. They have the classic umbrella top and stem.

Amos 6:12
"Do horses run on rocks?Or does one plow them with oxen?Yet you have turned justice into poisonAnd the fruit of righteousness into wormwood,"

Friday, September 12, 2008

Sideways Tree

I am always interested in trees that go to great lengths to find light. Here is a photo of a tree looking for light and continues to grow to the side to get to the light.

My walk with the Lord Jesus sometimes is represented by this tree. What normally I think would be good for me is not always the way it seems. As I find the life of Jesus in the Bible and the life of others as examples I am encouraged and continue to walk as I learn.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Gash in Maple Tree

I came across this interesting gash in a maple tree. Some trees grow in a spiral and I am wondering if that is what this tree is doing or do we see the result of a lightning strike? At any event the tree is interesting and below I shoot up its bowl showing the massive growth.

Psalm 74:1,2a
"O God, why have You rejected us forever:
Why does Your anger smork against the sheep of your pasture.
Remember Your congregation, "