11.10.2005

Swamp Chicken



Cypress knees come in some pretty odd shapes and sizes. The knee pictured above happens to be one of my favorites. It reminds me of a chicken :)

6 comments:

pablo said...

Looks like a swan to my eye.

swamp4me said...

pablo, you have a more elegant eye than I do ;)

Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

"Swamp Chicken" sounds like a recipe for spicey chicken soup.

Floridacracker said...

I'm seeing a gnarled hand grasping the other stick, but with the bent pinkie extended as in tea drinking...

Ontario Wanderer said...

I like your chicken image. I've no memory of ever seeing a Cypress tree. Guess I'll have to visit the south sometime.

I do have, somewhere, a slide photo of Fig knees or at least aboveground roots of Fig trees. They were over a metre tall as I remember and there was some tree, perhaps Banyan (sp?) that had roots dropping down from the limbs so that one tree looked like a miniature forest. Both photos were taken on a trip that I did in Australia almost 10 years ago.

swamp4me said...

OW,in June of 2004 we made our first ever trip to the mysterious north.

As we were riding along the interstate in Maine I kept noticing a tree that looked for all the world like a cypress.

I knew it wasn't, of course, but it had that same look. Turned out to be a larch (tamarack). We were all quite excited to add a new tree to our experience and once we were on less traveled roads we stopped and touched one. It definitely didn't feel like a cypress despite its appearance.

"There's a larch!" became a common cry during our time north - much to the amusement of our host. She found it odd that we were so excited about a tree. We are a family of nature nerds and we make no apologies :)