Monday, July 26, 2010


When we were in Maine we took a side trip to New Hampshire to Mt. Washington. Then on our way back to Maine we stopped at some of my sisters favorite haunts in the National Forrest.
We hiked in for this spectacular view, which I really enjoyed, but this tree has stuck in my mind. In fact the tree has stayed with me so much it is now on the desktop of my computer.
Why, you might think?
Well first off I have always been a tree lover.
What is not to like about a tree?
And sometimes you have to look at a tree like this one and say to yourself, "even though they paved the parking lot, even though there is not another tree standing here, here you are,"
"and- some how you have found a way to survive."

: te·na·cious
Pronunciation: \tə-ˈnā-shəs\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin tenac-, tenax tending to hold fast, from tenēre to hold
:persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired

a. not easily pulled apart : cohesive b : tending to adhere or cling especially to another substance

Just look at these roots! How can you not fall in love with this tree?
I did.

When you work for yourself you don't really get weekends.
Mark started glazing yesterday for the gas kiln..
I'll get some pictures of pots up soon.
I left my camera over in the studio.
Here's to a good week coming up.
The back is slowing getting better and I should have my results from the x-rays today.
Cheers! Go make pots!


Patricia Griffin said...

Love this tree. I have people in my life like this tree. People who have battled illness and loss and just keep growing. Sometimes it ain't "pretty," but it has its own beauty. Thanks for this post today!

Tracey Broome said...

Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better. I think tenacity is a perfect word for potters, you have to have it to keep coming back to the clay. We have trees like this along the sidewalks in Chapel Hill, so fun to see how they want to grow. Great post, thanks!!

Linda Starr said...

Survival, life is a lot like that tree, hanging on and putting out stronger roots no matter the adversity; I know of many folks and trees - examples to me, that's for sure.

Glad your back is doing better, don't over do it, give it a long time to heal. Gary is always telling me I am my own worst enemy when it comes to over doing it.

Anonymous said...

love trees too, when i was a child we would vacation in ontario and this tree reminds me of the many areas of bald rocks with no vegetation except tenacious trees here and there

cookingwithgas said...

I am inspired by this trees and others like it- love all the twist and turns it takes for this tree to just be there.