The Invisible World

Next time you’re out for a walk in our lovely neighborhood, try this experiment.  See whether you can imagine the hidden world below your feet.

Start with this metaphor: a tree is like a wine glass on a dinner plate (video is 1 minute, 38 seconds).

So, even at an appreciable distance from a nearby tree, you’re standing on a plate of soil filled with the tree’s small, tiny, and teensy roots, together with the “dinner” of water and nutrients that feed the tree!

Oh, wait, scratch that: you’re probably standing on a section of multiple, overlapping dinner plates. A massively intertwined network of roots reaching out in all directions from multiple trees:

Wait, there’s more! Continue reading The Invisible World

Time’s Up!

A couple of weeks ago we issued a challenge. Having noted that our neighbors Bob and Wendy Palmer Patterson (NW corner of Euclid and Hurt) have one of the most beautiful and interesting yards in Inman Park, we asked y’all to try to identify three trees located there.

Well, here’s the answer! (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Okay, so you flunked that one. In fact, we did not receive one single guess! Sigh. Continue reading Time’s Up!