Just The Two of Us: Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt~Growth
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It is fun to participate in the Saturday Photo Hunt that is hosted by tnchick. This week's photo hunt theme is: Growth If you would like to play along click on the link below.

Just the two of us
Love the fact that although the growth of the Cypress Knees is very slow, we enjoy seeing them at the base of my Mom's Cypress trees up at her lake house, here in Florida.

The Growth of the Very Old Cypress

Geologists believe cypress trees have been present in southwest Florida for just over 5,000 years and for around 6,500 years in the far northern region of the state. Some of the old-growth giants still present in the Corkscrew Swamp are over 500 years old and represent only the seventh or eighth generation of cypress located in this region (Ripple 1992).

I had always thought the knees were like anchors, keeping the tree steady in a wet, unstable environment. That may be true, but I learned at Francis Beidler Forest that no one really knows the function of cypress knees. They may be anchors, or they may be snorkels -- providing gas exchange to oxygenate the underwater roots. Although the growth is very slow. Also possible is some role in the storage of starches -- sort of a root bank. Whatever they do, they do it with style.


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So it's
just the two of us sharing some pictures
of what people like to carve into the Cypress Knees,
mostly
wise men with lots of ch
aracter in their faces!





We wish you all
Happy Veteran's Day!

Monday, I will be posting about our Son, Kevin

a Proud Marine who has served in both Afghanistan and Iraqi wars.


56 Comments:

At 8:47 AM, Anonymous Mandy said...

Cypress trees, hmm I don't think I've ever seen one. Or, if I have I didn't know it was a cypress tree hehe.

Happy Saturday
Mandy x

 
At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Jenny said...

How interesting! I never knew that before. Great choice for this week.

 
At 9:24 AM, Blogger Smalltown RN said...

Thanks for the lesson. I learn't something new. I like that.

I dedicated my blog to our veterans today. I look forward to reading your post about your son.

Cheers to you!

 
At 9:52 AM, Blogger Chateau said...

Very interesting! I've learned something new today. Thanks!

And thanks for dropping by my blog. :)

 
At 10:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pamela ~ Thanks for your comments'
Glad you like the Aussie story. We are a pretty friendly lot over here.
I will read about your son on Monday, you must be so proud of him. Take care
Love, Merle.

 
At 10:53 AM, Blogger mar said...

Learning new things through blogging. Love it!
happy saturday, great pic :)

 
At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Debbie said...

Wonderful share! Years ago we use to take the really big hollow ones and turn them into plant hangers and sell at flea markets! Great take on the theme! My photo is up. Happy Saturday!

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger Lazy Daisy said...

Wow, totally impressive and great take on the theme. Love the carvings too.

 
At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Pat said...

Great photo for the theme. And thanks for the lesson about cypress trees. Something I did not know.

Happy Saturday!

 
At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Barbara H. said...

Neat post and picture -- I love the faces people carved into the trees.

 
At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such different landscape. Very cool.

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger ZootsMom said...

What a lovely picture....I didn't know that about the cypress trees.....I'll be back Monday

 
At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Suzy said...

That is sooo cool! And the carvings are so beautiful, aren't they?

Thanks so much for the story...I'm learning so much being in the SPSH...very fun!

 
At 1:52 PM, Blogger Carol said...

I've seen cypress knees many times in my travels to Florida and I think they look cool. Very interesting comment today.

Mine is up now too.

All the best,
Carol

 
At 2:16 PM, Blogger Deb said...

Those carvings are really cool!
Hope you have a great Saturday :))

 
At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Ma said...

That was very interesting. Thank you for sharing and for stopping by.

 
At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank your son for his service. Today is Remembrance Day in Canada, and it is a special day for us as my husband is an officer in the Canadian Forces, and has served many tours of duty overseas. I've written a post on Remembrance Day here: http://caylynn.blogspot.com/2006/11/lest-we-forget.html

Very interesting photo for the Photo Hunt! Thanks for the information. :) My Photo Hunt is up as well.

 
At 3:23 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

Thanks for educating me on cypress trees. Very nice Photo Scavenger Hunt.

My PSH is up

 
At 3:35 PM, Anonymous Write From Karen said...

Definitely a good choice for growth. Just imagine, those will be still be here when we're long gone.

Thanks for stopping by and have an excellent weekend!

 
At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Twisted Cinderella said...

Great choice for this week's theme!

 
At 3:54 PM, Anonymous Mummy B said...

Very informative! and extremely interesting to look at!

Jenny

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger Teena said...

Very cool pic!

Thanks for stopping my mine :)

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger Morning Glory said...

Very interesting picture and history lesson.

 
At 4:03 PM, Blogger Shoshana said...

Wow...first I thought they were squirrels in a group! :)

My photo hunt is up too, here it is!

 
At 4:09 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

I always heard of the beautiful cypress trees in Florida. Thanks sharing all this info!

And can't wait to read the tribute to your son!

(Not sure if I ever stopped by here before or not...but I always see you replying to all the same places!) ;)

 
At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! What a great idea for this week's theme! As a homeschooling mom, I love it when I stumble across a nature lesson. Now I am terribly curious about cypress knees. I will be off on an Internet field trip to learn more now! Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog!

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger celebrating life and family said...

cool trees. I am going to have to look for those trees next week when we go to Fla. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

 
At 4:47 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

Somehow I pictures cypress knee's differently...this is the first time I've saw one...
:-D

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

I guess you do learn something new everyday!

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger Tammy said...

I guess you do learn something new everyday!

 
At 5:23 PM, Blogger Wystful1 said...

OMG!! I never realized this stuff existed! Amazing. And the art work from them is astounding!! My hubby would love this stuff, he loves to work with wood!!!

Yes, happy veterans day indeed!! (I hope I remember to drop by and read about your son....if I don't, can you remind me? I'm aged and forget easily....hehehehehe)

Thanks for the visit to my SPHunt today...happy weekend to you.

 
At 5:31 PM, Blogger srp said...

Thanks for stopping by.
I don't think I've ever seen these either. Even with 15 years in Mississippi, but perhaps they don't grow there. Love the wise old men people carve with these oddities.

 
At 5:34 PM, Anonymous eph2810 said...

Wow - when I enlarged the picture - those 'knees' are really cool looking. Thank you for sharing.

 
At 5:37 PM, Blogger Jane said...

Cool. I've seen cypress trees but not the knees before.

 
At 5:46 PM, Blogger on the Rock said...

Lovely idea on growth! Slow growth!

 
At 6:10 PM, Blogger Shelley - At Home in Rome said...

Nice shot and informative background, who knew?

(BTW about the preview of your next post, please tell your son thank you from me, for serving in our nation's military. Both my dad and brother were/are in the Navy. I don't think we have enough opportunities to give our thanks to the men and women in uniform.)

 
At 6:44 PM, Blogger Linda said...

It was fun to see and read about the cypress trees. On a visit to Florida a few years ago my sister-in-law explained all of that to me. However, with my razor-sharp memory I had forgotten :) Thanks. You are so clever.
PS - Am I supposed to be switching to beta. Seems like so many are.

 
At 6:57 PM, Blogger Hliza said...

Never heard of these trees before, good that now I know. Happy weekend!

 
At 7:20 PM, Blogger Cindy said...

I've seen these and I thought they were what was left from dead trees. I learned something new today while having fun. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

 
At 7:27 PM, Blogger It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Great take on today's topic!! Glad you liked mine...and Oh they are two little boys and 1 little girl..Danielle. I should have mentioned their names..Benjamin, Casey and Danielle...Emily passed away!! They are precious. Again come back any time. Sandy

 
At 7:46 PM, Blogger MG Braden said...

Very neat. I've never heard of Cypress knees before. I also have to say that I love the raining photo you have on the right.

 
At 8:39 PM, Blogger Karen said...

Wow, I never knew about these before. (Thanks for visiting mine.)

 
At 9:20 PM, Blogger PEA said...

I'm not familiar with Cypress trees at all because we just don't have them over here! lol How interesting, though, to learn more about them and the carvings that are done with the knees are just brillian!! xox

 
At 9:37 PM, Blogger KaY said...

Cool picture and I love the carving ... really has a lot of emotion ...

Thanks for stopping by ... really appreciate it!

 
At 11:28 PM, Anonymous abe/happy said...

love your growth pic :) thanks for visiting our site & commenting on our SPSH pics :-)

 
At 11:30 PM, Anonymous Pam said...

Love your choice for todays Photo Hunt!

 
At 12:55 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

What a great photo!

Can't wait to read about your son, Kevin - I'm sure it's going to be so touching!

 
At 2:20 AM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

very interesting indeed...
And from seeing from all of the comments, it must be!

Great post! thanks for the visit.

 
At 2:50 AM, Blogger barman said...

Now that is something new to me. That is wonderful and I even learned something. Love the story to go with the picture. So perfect for this week.

 
At 10:23 AM, Anonymous eija said...

The nature is full of wonderful, amazing and even weird things!

Thanks for the visit :)

 
At 2:12 PM, Blogger LibertyBelle said...

very beautiful and a great choice this week.

Mine's up too
Happy weekend!

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

What an awesome picture!

 
At 8:06 PM, Blogger Barb said...

Good grief! I'm comment #53!

What an amazing photo and the story that goes with it is amazing, too. I never knew all this about this tree. You could have just posted the photo but it's nice you told us what it means, too. Very nice post.

 
At 1:15 AM, Blogger lori said...

I'm looking forward to reading your post about your son.

 
At 1:15 AM, Blogger lori said...

I'm looking forward to reading your post about your son.

 
At 1:01 PM, Blogger Carmen said...

neat pic and love the story that goes with it.

 

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