Junk On My Trunk

08-07 Shenandoah Tree1

Beautiful moisture.

Sips of sustenance

From heaven,

Satisfy my thirst.

Saturated ground.

My roots stretch

In the muddy silt,

Basking in “enough.”

Oxygenated leaves.

I am healthy

So I shouldn’t complain,

About this junk on my trunk!

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I thought this Wednesday needed a little silliness (thanks for bearing with me!)  I’ve lived in the Arizona desert for the last 25 years (until recently) so when we visited Virginia in June and saw these strange growths, I had to take pictures.  Most trees in the desert have smooth trunks, and the little bit of water is used to sustain the trees.  With an average of just over 8 inches of rain per year, there’s not a surplus of water to support anything extra.

Where we live now gets an average of 20 inches of rain a year.  I was so excited when I saw something on a tree in our yard that reminded me of our hike in Shenandoah.  (Cut me a break- I’m fresh out of the desert!)  The picture below is an Arizona version of the above.

A little bit of Shenandoah, at home!
A little bit of Shenandoah, at home!

I’m glad you paused for a moment here.  I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!


36 thoughts on “Junk On My Trunk

  1. Busy Girl Health August 7, 2013 / 5:40 AM

    I have a feeling you visited right near where I live judging from your Mount Vernon post and that you visited the Shenandoah! 🙂 Also, love the title! Very clever.

    • jannatwrites August 8, 2013 / 7:42 AM

      We did the touristy Washington DC things, but we also went to Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, Monticello, in Virginia, as well as Shenandoah, the Rose River Loop. So, we probably were close to you if you live in that area. Shenandoah was a bit of a drive, but I really wanted to do an east coast hike…the scenery is so different than in Arizona. Thanks for reading – I’m glad you liked the title…as soon as I thought of it, I couldn’t NOT use it 🙂

  2. vishalbheeroo August 7, 2013 / 5:55 AM

    I take a bow and gasp with amazement with how ur so beautiful with words:)

    • jannatwrites August 8, 2013 / 7:43 AM

      You are too kind, Vishal! I’m glad you enjoyed this post 🙂

      • vishalbheeroo August 8, 2013 / 7:48 AM

        Am I? Lol..hws ur choco session going, btw??

        • jannatwrites August 8, 2013 / 8:19 AM

          Well, yes…you were very complimentary of my pure silliness! I had chocolate pudding last night, but it seems I have no other chocolate til I go to the store this weekend. It’s probably better for me that way.

  3. suzicate August 7, 2013 / 6:11 AM

    Junk on my trunk-that title is the best EVER!

    • jannatwrites August 8, 2013 / 7:44 AM

      Thanks, Suzicate! As soon as the title came to mind, I couldn’t help myself…I had to use it 🙂

  4. coyotero2112 August 7, 2013 / 8:27 AM

    Great stuff ! Where I live there is seven months of desperate dry, followed by three months of wet, and then two months of monsoon-like downpours. Everything in the jungle grows out of control while the growing is good. My wife has been getting some wonderful shots of the over-growth, especially on the trees burnt away for farming. I can read the fascination for a new environment – from AZ to VA – in your words. And…yes, loved that title…

    • jannatwrites August 8, 2013 / 7:46 AM

      Our rain kind of goes like that, too, Coyotero, but not nearly as extreme. We have gotten a few decent monsoon downpours over the last three weeks, which explains the strange growths 🙂 I bet your wife is able to capture some great pictures in Costa Rica!

  5. nrhatch August 7, 2013 / 9:26 AM

    I agree with Suzi ~ great title for this fun post. I wonder if trees benefit from trunk junk?

    • jannatwrites August 8, 2013 / 7:48 AM

      Thanks, Nancy! I was looking for a little silliness 🙂 Well, I don’t know how the trunk junk affects them. I’ll let you know if our tree dies!

  6. Catherine Johnson August 7, 2013 / 9:55 AM

    Awesome poem! How fun to experience dry and wet climates

    • jannatwrites August 8, 2013 / 7:49 AM

      Thanks, Catherine! I’m glad you liked the poem. It is fun to see different climates. After so many years in the desert with all the shades of brown, I am drawn to anything colorful 🙂

  7. Debbie August 7, 2013 / 11:12 AM

    That’s one of the coolest things about travel, Janna — the opening of our eyes to different, interesting scenes that Nature offers. You’ve captured them well!

    • jannatwrites August 8, 2013 / 8:06 AM

      Some of the bugs that go along with wetter climates freak me out, but I try to enjoy it in spite of them. Thanks for stopping by, Debbie!

  8. pattisj August 7, 2013 / 11:59 AM

    You have your very own fungus now! It’s funny the memories that are stirred. Your title “Junk on my Trunk” reminded me of a man walking out of the mall food court with an astray stuck on the backside of his shorts.

    • jannatwrites August 8, 2013 / 8:07 AM

      Haha…I don’t think the ashtray shorts will ever really fade from your memory. It is funny, though. Glad you stopped by to check out my fungus, Patti 🙂

  9. diannegray August 7, 2013 / 1:37 PM

    This is a great title for a post, Janna. I love the poem 😀

    • jannatwrites August 8, 2013 / 8:08 AM

      Thanks, Dianne – I’m glad you liked it 🙂

  10. Joanne August 8, 2013 / 5:33 AM

    Janna..I love this. I love being the tree. And believe or not, I think mushrooms are exquisitely beautiful. I gather from your photography, that you share that opinion😌

    • jannatwrites August 8, 2013 / 8:15 AM

      Yes, I do think mushrooms are pretty. There isn’t much in nature that I don’t find attractive, though. (Plant-wise…bug-wise, there’s a lot that creeps me out :)) Thanks for reading, Joanne!

  11. H.L. Pauff (@HLPauff) August 8, 2013 / 4:32 PM

    Haha! Living in the woods on the east coast, I sometimes take for granted how strange and interesting things are in the woods.

    • jannatwrites August 8, 2013 / 9:43 PM

      It’s easy to do when we see it every day, H.L. Pauff. It’s so fun when we can find the unusual in the usual.

  12. Carol Ann Hoel August 9, 2013 / 9:26 AM

    My 19 years in Florida showed me lots of trunks with junk. I’m learning about Arizona little by little.

    Your poem and photos are a blessing to read. You are talented, Janna. You create a mood with words and find perfect photos to illustrate your words.

    • jannatwrites August 9, 2013 / 1:57 PM

      I imagine there were a lot of trunks with junk, with how humid Florida can be 🙂

      I appreciate you reading my posts, and for your nice comment, Carol Ann. Writing is fun, but knowing people read it and enjoy it makes it even better!

  13. Eric Alagan August 9, 2013 / 11:50 PM

    Parasites all – and I meant, humans on earth 🙂

    Somewhat cynical – sorry.


    • jannatwrites August 10, 2013 / 7:20 PM

      Cynical, indeed, Eric! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  14. suyenn August 13, 2013 / 12:57 PM

    So glad I came across your blog, I really enjoy your writing ! Looking forward to reading more 🙂

    • jannatwrites August 13, 2013 / 8:18 PM

      I’m so glad you found your way here and enjoyed reading! I’ll be by to check out your blog soon, Suyenn 🙂

  15. pattyabr August 13, 2013 / 8:31 PM

    a new twist on a modern day phrase 🙂 I like it

    • jannatwrites August 13, 2013 / 8:39 PM

      Thanks, Patty! I was feeling a little silly when I wrote this one 🙂

  16. Sandra August 16, 2013 / 2:32 PM

    I am ambivalent about fungi. I like eating mushrooms, but they give me the heebie jeebies if I see them growing in nature. I like how your poem expresses the wealth of water as compared to your old home. The difference definitely seeps through in your words! 🙂

    • jannatwrites August 16, 2013 / 11:08 PM

      Fungi are pretty odd. I thought it was fascinating, but I will say – I definitely didn’t touch them 🙂 Being in dry climate so long (25+ years), I do appreciate rain. I’m glad you stopped by, Sandra!

  17. Imelda August 17, 2013 / 4:01 PM

    I wonder if there is a symbiotic relationship between the tree and the fungus. Regardless, they look pretty together. You should post more and more of your photos. 🙂

    • jannatwrites August 17, 2013 / 11:59 PM

      Thanks, Imelda. My photos aren’t nearly as good as yours, but they are enough to inspire me to write about them once or twice a week 🙂

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