Tuesday, June 15, 2010

the will to live

what makes this tree set root in chimney mortar?
why would it hold on through pounding rains and winds and blizzards?
how does it survive on a diet of dew and air?

27 comments:

Birdman said...

What a wonderful shot. Forget about the plant; the chimneys and roof line make it stunning!

Cezar and Léia said...

You have such smart eyes to capture beautiful and interesting stuffs, this picture is amazing, I like this smart idea, I think that plant ( maybe a flower ) is trying to get the sky, a dreamer ...
Hugs
Léia

Tracy said...

OK that is really strange. Beautiful but strange.

Sunny said...

It shows us that anything is possible :)
Great lines and bricks too.
☼ Sunny

Malyss said...

this tree has light and water. Wind and birds maybe carry some food.It is a lesson of will , and of hope.
And it makes me think of a song, "I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky..."

Sharon Creech said...

Great shot! It reminds me of the plants that used to push up through the cracks in the dining room floorboards each spring in our old house in England!

Small City Scenes said...

Oh my goodness look at that will ya. Nature is amazing and makes us wonder and ask questions. MB. MB

Tanya said...

what a wonderful find!

Magpie said...

What a great shot. I love the tenacity of some living things. The brick work is beautiful also.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I hate to think of what the tree roots might do to the mortar holding the bricks in place. We know how tree roots can push up sidewalks.

Sharon said...

Excellent questions! I like Sunny's comment....anything is possible.

Irina said...

One can stick this photo to the wall and look at it at the times of self-pity, weakness and uncertainty :-)

Saretta said...

nature always wins out!

Halcyon said...

Ha! I wonder where it gets nourishment from?

Amin said...

Good morning!
Very wonderful and interesting photo!
It is unique tree,peharps.

Jacob said...

You ask way too many questions! I don't know any answers. It's just one of nature's amazing feats. I used to know another of nature's amazing feets...they were on a very large girl.

Ah, maybe the tree grows because the mortar was sloppily mixed with mud?

Tash said...

Between a brick and a air-place. Love your shot of it. We have a ficus growing from a biggish rock on the lawn by our place. I haven't managed to take an interesting photo of it...it started in a nook on the rock and has since pushed a root into the soil.
PS - one of my closest friends was back at Williamstown, Mass for 30th class reunion. She loved the green splendor and the rivers.

Bob Crowe said...

Maybe that old brick has some deep nutrients. We see this occasionally on derelict buildings around STL.

cieldequimper said...

Nature is amazing.

Hilda said...

Looks like somebody has to clean their chimney. ;)

Love that you saw this. Plants that grow in the toughest places are just amazing. Beautiful composition too!

怡孜 said...

失去金錢的人,失去很多;失去朋友的人,失去更多;失去信心的人,失去所有。..................................................................

VP said...

Great eye and coincidence, I have just spotted something alike on the pinnacle of an abandoned church.

magiceye said...

indeed!

Virginia said...

What a capture. I always marvel at the tenacity of some plants while those in my yard give it up very easily!
V

Marie-Noyale said...

I wonder if Mary Poppins's magic has anything to do with this ;~))

valeria said...

Life can be so powerful. Lovely photo!

JM said...

I always am fascinated at plants growing on buildings.