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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Selections #332

Welcome back to Sunday Selections.

Begun way back in the mist of time by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock and now continued by me, with a drastic relaxation of rules.

Originally meant for showcasing old photos lost on your files, never seeing the light of day, the meme has morphed into photos of your choice, new or old, good or not-so-good, anything you please, but nothing rude please.

If you are participating, please leave me a comment so I can buzz along and have a look.
Elephant's Child always participates, but perhaps not this week as she has the flu, and her pictures are always worth seeing. 

This week I have more than a few photos of a particular tree growing next to a school across the other side of town. 
K noticed it and sent me a photo via her phone, saying this tree looks like it's made of elephant. 
See for yourself:

what do you think? Elephant?

here it is taking up most of the footpath and hanging over into the schoolyard.

some of the roots look like emu feet

others are stretching out a few metres in the other direction

I'm on the other side of the tree and I've stepped back a bit, see that horizontal branch top centre? It went way back past my head....

some of the roots have twisted over themselves, as if they've "crossed their fingers for luck"

it even has "elephant eyes", knots where smaller branches must have been broken off as it grew.

look at the striations, like wrinkles in the trunk of an elephant

here's those emu feet again, or perhaps chicken feet? 

I'm standing well back now, almost at the bus stop, so you can see how far the tree hangs over the road

from the other side of the road now, the whole tree. I'm really, really glad this tree has been left to grow to its full potential.

a sign for school children and the elderly, or anyone else, at the corner of a side street.

I don't know what type of bird this is, but there were two of them pecking around in this empty lot.

My daughter's Jade is flowering ahead of mine, this photo is a couple of weeks old and my Jades have now caught up.

this is what's left of the shrub I've been cutting down, this is now just under a metre high

 and showing new growth, which I will keep breaking off as I see it, until my shoulder is recovered enough to begin cutting it down further, before I poison the stump. This shrub will no longer be the cause of much hayfever and migraines.

this dead looking mess is a wildly overgrown diosma and my next target. No need for killing this one, just a drastic cutback and hope it survives.

Home again and what do I find?

one very relaxed cat

see how long and thick his coat is now.

One final picture, a photo of a page in a magazine:

Vitamin Sea, my kind of vitamin 😎


  1. Oh yes, very relaxed cat MOL And what a fascinating look at that magnificent tree.

    1. Grace; Angel is relaxed 99% of the time. That tree is a magnificent specimen and I'm sure the school kids are grateful for its shade in summer.

  2. What a cool tree! Never have seen the like in person. It does resemble an elephant ... with chicken feet!
    Angel is so relaxed!

    1. S.J.Qualls; I'm almost sure the tree is a Moreton Bay Fig, the growth is very similar apart from the "wrinkle" striations.
      Angel owns the bed and grudgingly shares it with me at night.

  3. Love the photographs of the tree, can't say I've seen photo's or a tree quite like it.

    Love your cat.

    All the best Jan

    1. Lowcarb team member; it's one of the best trees around. Angel is loveable, especially when he's asleep.

  4. That tree is MAGNIFICENT. As is Angel.

    1. Elephant's Child; I knew you'd love the tree. I think it is a Moreton Bay Fig, but I've never seen one with those wrinkle growth lines, so perhaps something similar instead. Angel's coat is magnificent and I want to wrap it around like a hat.

  5. You must have no power lines except buried lines, or that tree would be so cut back. It's beautiful. I know another cat like Angel.

    1. Joanne; on that road, the power lines are on the other side, which is the case with several of our roads. I'm glad because the tree has been allowed to grow, even in spite of the narrow footpath. The school fence was indented to allow space for the tree too.

  6. Firstly, that bird looks like it could be a Masked Lapwing.

    That tree certainly does have an interesting trunk and set of roaming roots. Fascinating!

    As for the beautiful Angel...oh, to be a cat...who reigns over a loving home! :)

    Have yourself a good week, River...cuddles to your lord and master, Angel! :)

    1. Lee; I shall look up masked lapwing and see if you are right. The tree is one of my favourites, it's been there for years, I remember seeing it when I lived there 19 years ago. Angel thinks he reigns over this home, but now and again I remind him who's boss.

  7. I like the shapes those roots make, I always enjoyed looking for faces in the bark of trees.

    The cat sure has it made ;)

    1. Jimmy; I like seeing things in tree bark too and sometimes I see trees where the trunks and branches make a recogniseable shape. Angel has it made alright, warm sleeping place and food twice a day and does nothing for it but look pretty.

  8. It's a great tree and I can see the elephantness about it. Angel looks so relaxed and content. The shrub you are getting rid of was very ugly and looks even worse now.

    1. Andrew; the shrub was beautiful, 20 feet tall easily, maybe more, glossy leaves, pretty flowers, but deadly with pollen for hayfever and migraine sufferers. The deadwood two photos down is a different shrub, only grows a metre high with fine leaves and miniature pink flowers.

  9. The emus foot one looks like an octopus to me. ;) I am pretty sure that is a Plover of some kind, we have lots of them here.

  10. Snoskred; Octopus tentacles, I hadn't thought of that. I looked up the bird and it is a masked lapwing as Lee suggested.