TODAY’S THEME…………………Mother Nature

24 Feb

I took this picture a few days ago and only today when I cropped and examined it more closely did I notice something strange.

Originally it was intended to be a ‘cute’ picture of 2 trees that grew VERY close together and a baby tree grew so close to them that I thought it looked like a ‘bush marriage’ with a baby.

Obviously the Cedar is the older of the 2 large trees and the Birch grew AFTER the Cedar was established already.

This is further indicated by the fact the base of the Birch is ‘inside’ the Cedar to some degree.

I thought it was cute that the LITTLE Spruce looked as if it were a hybrid offspring of two different species of trees.

Sorta cute…but when I looked closer today I realized that the bottom section of the trunk of the Birch is not a Birch…..AND it is not a Cedar……..AND it is not a Spruce.

What it DOES look like is the stump of a mature Poplar.

Maybe this is what happened….a broken Poplar or a near-dead stump had a broken piece of Birch branch fall on it with the open break down.

We have LOTS of windstorms here and broken branches are EVERYWHERE in my woods.

Conditions were just right and over time it grafted itself to the almost-but-not-quite dead Poplar stump and created this Hybrid tree.

You will have to press the ‘+’ to make my picture larger and THEN you will see what I mean.

Not as improbable as you might think as we have 3 fruit trees in our back yard, 2 apple and 1 cherry tree ….ALL OF WHICH were pieces of the fruit tree grafted unto an existing tree root.

My friend John used to be an owner of a family run & owned Apple orchard in Kelowna B.C. and tells me that this is ALWAYS how new trees are grown commercially.

BTW I PROMISE you this picture was not doctored in any way … just cropped.

 As Mr. Ripley said………..BELIEVE IT OR NOT!!


Posted by on February 24, 2012 in Uncategorized


8 responses to “TODAY’S THEME…………………Mother Nature

  1. Danudin

    February 24, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Stranger things happen at sea!

  2. jackscrap

    February 24, 2012 at 12:34 am

    Lots of spooky things happening in your part of the woods, just waiting for a mysterious crop circle to show up in your blog…LOL I was close to tears when I saw Jack with all those nasty spines in his face, I always knew he’d be a quick learner.

  3. Tony

    February 24, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Love the picture (good eye!), and love the story you are telling, too.

  4. John & Lois

    February 24, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Unexpected find and nice back story.

  5. Tammy

    February 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I believe it! Amazing what Mother Nature can do! 🙂

  6. Iris (Rose)

    February 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

    cool little family photo…

  7. hmca14

    February 26, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Had to go back and look at your picture again after reading your story….never would have noticed if you didn’t point it out….quite a find


    February 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    A walk through the woods usually has a surprise (puzzle) and this is a great one.


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