SOL Structure

Photography takes me away from the news, a rest from the divide, and back to what I can understand, acknowledge, and encourage.  The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Structure, the things we might miss.

Last Wednesday, after checking for the challenge, I stepped out to get the mail. We live in an old town neighborhood where the postman still walks her route, 15 miles a day. And on the mailbox was this beetle.

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It’s about 11/2 inches long and oh yuck.

Our world is affected by smoke from the wildfires, the map of which is a structure showing the devastation from the increasing warmth due to our effects on climate.

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Today, it looks like this:

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But on Thursday of last week, it was cool and clear, so my husband and I captured a few structural photos of our walk.

We walk the solid earth, but forget that it’s not still; forces within move:

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And all around us are trees of many varieties, of which many of us make a career protecting them. Those who know  them notice their differences, and here you will compare their structures.

A Japanese Maple with crooked, spreading branches:

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A Red Cedar, straight and tall, with thin arms in radiating rows reaching out to the sun.

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A White Pine on which Virginia Creeper chooses to creep.

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A sycamore [American Plane Tree] which was seen in an old photo from 1934 and now is one of  the largest in the neighborhood.

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Love the structure of sunlight and shadow through the canopy:

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And, of course, the tall grasses in the park:

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And the underneath the wisteria that is many, many years old:

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A stop for a rest, but look at the bench:

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Underneath find a surprise:

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And on leaving, we find the root structure of the many trees:

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And from our front yard, the mint and wood sorrel greet our return:

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And stretching on the couch is the cat, whose fur looks black, but it’s structure is piebold: two colors in one, which the sunlight displays its rust and black:

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In the afternoon of these hot autumn days, we often have visitors to the back yard, resting in the shade of the maples and sycamore in the back yard:

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Look at those ears, and those curious baby eyes:

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Of course, the deer do leave behind little pebbles of poop that wash away when we water the lawn. But we discovered that from that pile do grow some amazing structures: fungi:

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They are delicate little umbrellas capturing the morning dew:

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Parasola plicatilis last only a few hours once the sun shines:

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This week, during the “structure” challenge, is the first time we’ve seen these!

This week’s challenge focused on large and small structures that we often don’t take the time to notice and appreciate.

So, Scott brought me a flower for the final structure photos:

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Now, I hope the structures left in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will be renewed soon, physical and living.

Help the Aide Structures in Houston, Southern Texas, Louisiana:

Places listed by NPR

Places listed by New York Times

Places listed by Houston Chronicle

4 comments

  1. Enjoyed the photos and story. Also appreciated the three links to lists of hurricane recovery resources that people could contribute to. Would like to find a site with a generic list that could be used by people in other states when they face similar disasters. Building such a resource and keeping it updated could be a project of a student group, or of several groups connected in a #clmooc type format.

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