A twig from an oak in bud with winter seeded stalks

The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.

Galatians 5: 22 – 23
This is a Chetak st Steel container which I bought in India for its shape, size and colour.  On its base is
“clock tower, Jodhpur 1st January 2020” and then it is signed by the shop owner. Many memories come back to me as I fill it with pebbles.  Three weeks was too short a time for such a vast country. However, with a driver who was an ambassador for his country,
the Golden Triangle was an experience of respectful admiration for the people and culture of India.  God willing  we would go back.
The Clock Tower Jodhpur
The twig was picked yesterday but the other stems with seeds have been used in previous posts.  The shape, buds and lichen attracted me to this twig .
Lichen fluorescent green in colour and pale blue green.  Lichens aren’t  bioluminescent, which means they won’t glow in the dark.  However, under ultraviolet light/ black light  many of them fluoresce,  glowing vividly in ways that humans can’t detect in normal daylight conditions.  Intriguingly scientists haven’t found out why only some lichens contain fluorescent chemicals.  They have determined, however, that they are natural by – products of the lichens daily life.
Buds on a twig from an oak.  These bud leaves are more sensitive to temperature change than lengthening of days.  Usually the warmer days of April induce the trees to open their leaves. Unseasonable early warmth can sometimes fool trees like apple and oak.  Let us hope it gets cold and we have a proper winter.  Trees need to spend a certain amount of time in the cold (known as chill hours accumulated between late autumn and mid winter between -1  and 6 degrees).  We don’t know how they count these hours but they do.

Today was the warmest day since records began.  It was 16.2 degrees in London today.  Our first day of 2022. Let us hope it gets cold soon and proper winter returns. We don’t want the trees fooled.πŸ™‚

The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.

Milan Kudera

4 thoughts on “A twig from an oak in bud with winter seeded stalks

  1. India is special. I really want to go back too. Do you remember all the lichen on the kopjies in the Matopos. I miss those days. Lovely dry arrangement.


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