Wednesday, January 6, 2010

"X" Marks the Spot

On one of our woodsy wanderings, Clytie and I found this huge parasitic growth on an oak tree where the city had cleared away some gorgeous native growth in the name of conservation. It is either poison oak, or ivy. Whatever this is, it had been there a LONG time.

8 comments:

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

I don't know but it doesn't have that fuzzy side roots stuff that smaller poison ivy vines have. Somebody will get it before it gets the tree. I would think.

I use a hatchet on the bike trail. Or did when I used to ride my bike. I would stop when I see one and use the hatchet to chop the vine in half.

Clytie said...

Love the X, sissie. Mine turned out pretty well too. What fun that was! I am thinking it is probably English Ivy which has taken a firm grip on the woods around here. It kills the trees and everything under them as well. Horrible.

Cedar ... said...

Wow,... can we say "strangle?" Interesting composition, but too bad for the tree it's growin on.

Lois said...

Admire it but just don't touch it!

Grannie Annie said...

So cool when plants grow together or wrapped around each other it makes a beautiful natural sculpture.
Have a Happy day Sisy Bea...Love you.

Natural Moments said...

I have seen posion oak climbing up other trees like this with such huge trunks. They certainly do have an intimate relationship with each other. Together, they immunize one another.

Woman in a Window said...

Intriguing. I'd run my hands over it and be sorry for it later.
xo
erin

Nina P. said...

X-ceedingly strange!! What a unique way to grow. You and your sis do find the strangest, Bestest, most unique things! And I love you for that. Blessings to you and yours. Love and Light, Nina P