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.... it rained off and on during the night and the morning dawned dreary and damp..... fog and rain are present now with the occasional peal of thunder off in the distance.... even the lichen on the tree's trunks is soaked - causing it to change from a greenish-gray to a darker olive drab.....

.... I wonder if the trees are able to make use of the cold moisture that streaks across their bark..... can they absorb any of it?... or do they solely depend on whatever water their roots can find?.... and is the wind-tossed rain simply useless to the bleached, dormant stalks?... wasted until it seeps through the muddy earth?....

.... I like to imagine that they could.... that they not only enjoy standing still and naked - rigid against the icy shower - but that the water also gives them a tangible & immediate bit of sustenance..... and that they can drink it in as it gently trickles down them....

.... strange thoughts on a formless winter day, I know, but it does help make the rain look a bit brighter.....

by Eric on February 04, 2008 | Bullshit (7) | TrackBack (0) | Thinking
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Rain in Tennessee is much more sensual than rain here. Just sayin'... ; )

Bullshitted by Richmond on February 4, 2008 02:51 PM

plants, at least deciduous ones, have tiny openings in their leaves called stomata that lets water out during transpiration. The "Smoky Mountains" get their name because there were so many trees transpiring at once it created a fog or "smoke", but I'm pretty sure it's just one way- they can't drink in.

Bullshitted by holder on February 4, 2008 05:26 PM

Holder of useful knowledge!

Bullshitted by Erica on February 4, 2008 06:14 PM

... thank you, Richmond..... I will let the trees & the rain know when I next talk to them.....

.... Holder, ma'am, I kinda knew that..... I was just letting my mind wander.....

... and Erica, well, yes.... yes, she is....

Bullshitted by Eric on February 4, 2008 07:17 PM

Dude, after a full day of chick flicks you need a massive dose of Superbowl, followed by the entire 4th season of King of the Hill.

Bullshitted by Cappy on February 4, 2008 09:31 PM

Did you know that when a tree is cut with an axe or saw, it emits an ultra-high pitch noise to act as a warning to other trees? I'm not exactly sure what this warning is ("Run for it"? "Take Cover"?) but they do it nonetheless.

Bullshitted by Mark on February 5, 2008 04:07 AM

Trees drinkin' through their skin? Whacha smokin' and drinkin' over there, bro?

Bullshitted by Winston on February 5, 2008 07:33 AM