IMG_4255 The Black Hills, SD

“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam

Today was one of those odd days where it seems like you are busy, but when you look back at the day you realize you haven’t really got much to show for it. I did get the dishes done. We did get to town and get some groceries. It just felt like we worked so much harder than that!

It has been rainy, gray and drippy here the last few days. Maybe that is why everything seems like it is harder and takes longer to do. It might just be a whole mental attitude thing.

I was at a loss as to what to post today so I went on over to the dailypost to check out the  prompts. It is always a helpful place to give you some ideas to get your brain working. The words for the last couple days were gray and roots. This did make me laugh out loud as my first thought was of my own hair!  Only…..mine is gray on a lot more of my head than just the roots.

After thinking on those words awhile I knew that in my digital files of photos I had some pretty cool pictures of tree roots. I am going to share a few of my favorites with you. They were taken on various vacations through the past years.

The tree pictured at the beginning of this post was photographed on a family vacation years ago to the Black Hills in South Dakota. (My husband’s favorite place!) The roots on that tree were so amazing to me. They just seemed to snake around the rocks and hang on. Eventually the tree died but those roots spoke of such determination to anchor themselves firmly into something solid.

It kind of reminded me of a song we used to sing in Sunday School about the wise man building his house upon the rock….when the rains and winds came…his house stood firm. I suspect that tree stood pretty firm through many storms.

IMG_6912 Lake Thompson, SD

This picture was taken at Lake Thompson, South Dakota. I just could not pass up taking a picture of this huge ball of roots. It made me wonder what it actually took to bring that tree down! Even in it’s present state there is such a rugged beauty to it.  The roots have been worn smooth by the rain and bleached by the sun. It may no longer function as a living tree but I have a feeling that it is probably used by many people as a place to sit and rest. It has been repurposed and made beautiful again by time.

This grouping of three pictures, are probably some of my all time favorites. They were taken at Gooseberry Falls, Minnesota. Just seeing these pictures gives me a wanderlust to go back and wade in the cool waters of the falls, marvel at the twisted trees that are still alive and feel the texture of the lichen covered rocks that line the stream.

It is the perfect place…..running water, sparkling waterfalls, gnarly trees, multi-colored rocks and pebbles, and there is always a refreshing breeze on a hot summer day. It is a joy to watch the little kids (and the old kids) splashing in the water and just enjoying being outdoors.

I am starting to think that if tomorrow is also a rainy day it might be time to get out the well-worn Rand McNally atlas and do some vacation dreaming! I have found that sometimes the dreaming is over half the fun.

Perhaps just planning a vacation and dreaming on one can be like taking a vacation and never leaving home. Perhaps the slow pace of our “gray, drippy” day was a mini-vacation of sorts. I may need to rethink vacations in general.

Vacation memories can be like those tree roots that are sunk deep into rock……those memories are firmly and solidly rooted in shared experiences with family and friends….shared joys, laughter and fun……..and that is a blessed, wonderous thing.

The richness of life lies in memories we have forgotten.
Cesare Pavese

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35 thoughts on “Wanderings

  1. bcparkison says:

    Yes tree roots are for holding us all down . Family tree roots that is. Some of mine are pretty twisted I’m sure. I think a trip to Gooseberry would be wonderful. My best thoughts on vacations are from my younger day when we would go to Lake Ouachita in central Arkansas. Beautiful clear water . I dreamed of learning how to ‘skin dive”.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      My relatives from Missouri love to go to Arkansas. They tell me it is beautiful and their pictures prove them right. I may have to convince Lar to go south one of these years instead of west!
      I laughed about your “twisted” roots. I am pretty sure I have some of those roots myself….it does keep it interesting!


  2. peggyjoan42 says:

    A wonderful post Faye. I enjoyed reading about your past trips with all the nice memories. Sometimes planning a trip is more fun then actually taking that trip. Ha Gray days are depressing. Makes a person just want to sit under a blanket on the couch and read a good book. Loved all your photos of the tree roots – I love unusual tree roots.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you Peggy! I love the planning of vacations. When our sons were small we always camped and took all our food along. Took a lot of planning but we had some wonderful vacations that did not break the bank.
      Tree roots that are gnarly are almost like a gift as they are so beautiful in a rugged way.

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  3. Anne Mehrling says:

    We’re having a gray day, but one full of promise. We should have thunderstorms, which we look forward to. The only problem is, I want to control the lightning, not letting it hit the house or the huge oak tree overhead. The storm probably won’t materialize, so I shan’t waste time worrying.

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  4. Deb says:

    Oh wow Faye, those pictures are amazing to look at. My first impression of the first picture was that the tree was twisting around and reaching for the sky, I love it! The second is unbelievable with so many intertwining roots, what a great pic. And the others are simply fascinating. Who knew tree roots could be so fantastic to look at! It’s been gray and rainy here all week too..tomorrow it’s finally supposed to be sunny and very warm. I welcome it with open arms…and all my gray roots too. hehe 🙂

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      I love twisty tree roots….bet you can tell lol! Today we broke out of the gray and rainy but it was sunny and slightly chilly. They keep telling us that we may see snow flurries this weekend!!! Yes the dreaded S-word! My gray roots (and hair) cannot wait till those warm sunny days. I told my husband that the older I get….the colder I get. He says old people don’t move enough…..guess I better go take a walk and warm up hahahahha.

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      • Deb says:

        They are really quite fascinating to look at, I love all the pics.
        Oh no…not the S-word. If I never hear that word again it would be too soon!! They’re saying it’s supposed to be in the 80s tomorrow…talk about going from one extreme to another! I’m looking forward to it. I’ve always been on the colder side, until now when I have my hot flashes but as soon as they subside I’m cold again. Enjoy your walk…hehe 🙂

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  5. beaconsoflife says:

    Love this post. I laughed out loud when you talked about your hair. Your pictures look great!I love how you so eloquently described the pictures and the happenings that occur at those places. I could picture it all quite vividly.


    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much! The hair is just what it is I guess……and my husband is right…it could be worse….could be falling out! Might as well have fun with it!
      It is always good to look back and re-enjoy the places you been. Such good memories and such good lessons for me :).


  6. thecobweboriumemporium says:

    Hello Chicken!
    What a beautiful post and what magical photos!

    I loved the huge tree root photo which you took at Lake Thompson, South Dakota. I had a hard time moving on from that incredibl work of art. It’s the sort of thing I wish I had in my garden. It reminds me of how we should never judge anything or anyone by the bit we see on the exterior, for the real, true beauty lies hidden, beyond the surface, waiting to be discovered by those who stick around and wait for the beauty to be revealed.

    Thank you so much Chicken, for sharing these amazing photos.
    Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      So glad you enjoyed it Cobs! I will have to post more pictures of that mammoth tree at Lake Thompson. It was amazing how huge it was. My son often looks for odd hunks of tree and roots along the river at our place. He uses them in the landscaping around his home. He probably would like the big root ball also.
      I love your take on never judging…..so very true.
      Love taking and sharing the photos!

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      • thecobweboriumemporium says:

        I really loved the photograph and I can only imaging how big that root is … it looks huge! I have visions of putting that (via a crane) onto the back of a lorry . . . and the lorry slowly creaking and heaving as it’s front end lifts off the floor and tips the nose of the cab towards the sky. LOL.

        Sending huge squidges and lots of love… hope you’re still on the mend.
        ~Cobs. x

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  7. PaperPuff says:

    Good photos! But now I have that Doris Day song in my head. It will be there all day. I may not forgive you after the hundredth repeat of the first two lines….

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  8. Maggie says:

    Those tree roots are so interesting! Thanks for sharing with us 🙂 Haha man, I’ve had a lot of days like that recently; seemingly busy, but with practically nothing to show for it at the end of the day! I think that’s why productive days are so satisfying.

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