Friday, April 09, 2010

Juniper Tree Knot

The bottom part of this old juniper tree is allotted and twisted. When I first saw it there were cows around it trying to stand in the shade of the tree. When I was able to get a good look at the truck I could see where the cows had rubbed and rubbed against the bottom 3 or 4 feet of the truck. They had apparently broken off some of the bottom branches in previous years and all the rubbing on the branch ends had made rounded nubs that almost had a polished look from all that cow hair and musle rubbing on the branch ends for who knows how many years. Now the cows aren't allowed in the area where the tree is and the rounded branch nub ends don't look as polished as they were. Now they are just sand blasted by our constand wind which also keeps a wind swept area around the base of the tree. Still it is unique looking as I am sure there used to be cows in and around the tree for an estamated 200 years.

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