Hanging on

19 03 2020


I’m not sure these cell-phone pix will do this amazing tree justice.



The coronavirus pandemic affects every single one of us. While we’re distancing ourselves socially to help prevent the spread of the virus, especially to those most vulnerable because of age or other health issues, this is a time for compassion.

I found this juniper tree clinging to vertical status in a main arroyo in the southeastern part of Spring Creek Basin. It seems a minor miracle that it’s still rooted and upright. Think of the weight. Think of the floods this arroyo has seen. Think of the erosion, clump by clump, that has removed soil from the wall of this arroyo. How many decades or centuries has this tree been growing here?

We should not forget the interlacing of our branches and roots. We are connected. Even in these most wild of places.



7 responses

19 03 2020
Maggie Frazier

That is downright amazing! AND its alive & green! Talk about determination? You could jump to the conclusion that if this tree continues to have a life in those circumstances – pretty much anything is possible, right?

19 03 2020
Sue Story

Hanging on and making the best of the situation. A metaphor for our state of affairs at the moment. I love that tree. 😊

19 03 2020


19 03 2020
Karen Schmiede

So true!

20 03 2020
Lynn and Kathy

Great post, TJ! Thanks!!!

21 03 2020

This is so great!!

23 03 2020

Gorgeous! Thank you for posting those pictures.

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