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Daily Create WriteOut Cracks

Ponderosa Pine growing out of crack in basalt boulder
on Flickr

Today’s Daily Create WriteOut prompt [#clmooc #DS106  @ds106dc   #tdc3931 #writeout ] is to find a plant that’s popped up through the cracks of pavement or rock. I have a favorite tree near Banks Lake that did just that– we’ve watched it grow— and die. Unfortunately drought, fire, and wind played a part in the life of this tree– which probably lived for over twenty years.– not long for a Ponderosa Pine. The oldest Ponderosa was 600 years old. We were saddened at this loss.

A Ponderosa Pine is identified easily because it’s long needles grow in threes.

How to Identify a Ponderosa Pine
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA on Flickr Public Domain

I’ve written about this tree before, with more poetry and art, here: Day 572 Ponderosa Pine — some art and a better poem because it takes the voice of the tree rather than just the facts. I’ve also written about the art based on this tree’s photo here: Ponderosa Pine Art.

Cracks in the Rock

From a cone,
the tiny seed falls
lightly on the wind,
close to its beginning
Into a tiny crack
in basalt below.

From a seed,
roots sprout about
quickly in its home,
the sapling feeding
and seeking sun
growing daily:
life finds a way.

Within two months,
the tap root
will grow 20 inches
and eventually roots will
grow to six feet deep,
and may spread 150 feet.

Sheri Edwards
10.18.22 293.365.22
Ponderosa Pine, also called Yellow Pine
Pinus ponderosa
Banks Lake, 2017

Life will find a way

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This post is part of the October WRITEOUT adventure of the National Writing Project and the National Park Service — a STEAM-powered Write Out 2022. Organized as a public invitation to get out and create, supported by a series of free online activities, Write Out invites educators, students, and families to explore national parks and other public spaces. The goal is to connect and learn through place-based writing and sharing. Learn more and sign up: https://writeout.nwp.org

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