Thursday, July 12, 2007

Cedars at Gooseberry Falls

Another of our stops along the north shore of Lake Superior was the lovely and very popular Gooseberry Falls State Park. My friendship with Pam at Nature Woman has taught me to have a greater appreciation for trees. So amongst the beauty of the park I found my eyes drawn to these old cedar trees.

I wonder why this one has twisted over time.

These old cedars are growing right out of the rock overlooking the falls.

Look at how the roots cling to the rock surface. They remind me of old soldiers guarding the falls. I wish I had a fraction of their strength and tenacity.
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22 comments:

Linda said...

Trees with feet. They look like they could walk away. That twisted one is really something. Maybe an updraft of wind there all the time off the lake?

Larry said...

Neat looking trees!-I feel like I'm looking at a seen from wizard of oz.-The twisting is an unusual feature-cedar liquorice anyone?

NatureWoman said...

Very cool trees Lynne! (Of course, I haven't met a tree I don't like, okay, well, box elder is on that list). I love the twisted one - wow, that is really twisted, and the roots with the waterfalls in the background is cool! My understanding is trees get twisted from the wind whipping them around.

Ocean said...

Very unusual trees. I like all your pictures. Lovely blog by the way.

Lynne said...

Linda- trees with feet- I like that!

LArry- I thought it looked like licorice too!

Pam- There is alot of wind in the winter coming off the lake. I was amazed that the twisted one was still standing. Sturdy tree.

Ocean- They are cool trees, I loved them. Thanks for visiting here!!

KGMom said...

Wonderful wonderful roots. That is another reason to love trees--they are so rooted!
And that spiral trunk! Wow.

mon@rch said...

Those are some awesome twisted trees! I am soo glad that you captured these amazing trees! :)

Jayne said...

Very cool trees! How stately and resilient they are!

Mary said...

They are very unique and do remind me of the trees along the yellow brick road. The photo of them with the falls in the background is great!

Lynne said...

kgmom- You are good with a pun!

Mon@rch- Thanks!

Jayne- Resilient is a good description.

Mary- They eminded me of the OZ trees too!

Susan Gets Native said...

Lynne, you DO have strength and tenacity. You are a woman, AND you have kids!
In fact, I think all moms can relate to that twisted tree trunk....

pablo said...

You should submit this post to the next Festival of the Trees.

Cathy said...

Larry's comment made me hungry for licorice :0) Wonderful pictures, Lynne. I am curious as to why the 'twisted nature' of that tree.

RuthieJ said...

Gooseberry Falls is one of my favorite state parks in Minnesota. I bet if I look through my photo albums I have a picture of these same trees. Thanks Lynne, for bringing back some good memories for me.

Chris said...

I have following the link from Mary's View and have really enjoyed looking through your blog. I love the trees, and wonder too why one is so twisted :-) Also the pics of Lake Superior, I have seen so many places through blogs :-)

Sandy said...

Wonderful tree shots, Lynne. What character they have! I enjoyed the shots of Lake Superior, below, too. Sure wouldn't want to swim there. Does anyone get in the water?

nina said...

I like trees, too. Just seeing how they can make so much of such a little crack of earth always amazes me. And inspires me to keep at it!

Trixie said...

Lovely trees! I live around hemlock that are dwarfed by the wind, it is mind boggling to think of withstanding that force.

LostRoses said...

Those roots remind me of fossils, like dinosaur bones. Pretty cool spot to visit!

Lynne said...

Susan- A nice thing to say, thanks.

Pablo- I think I will!

Cathy- The common opinion is that wind, over time, caused the twisting.

Ruthie- We have such a wonderful State Park system don't we? Gald it brought back nice memories for you.

Chris- Isn't is wonderful to visit other places through blogging? Thank you for visiting my place!

Sandy- There are beaches on Lake Superior for swimming but I would guess that swim time would have to be limited.

Nina- I find the trees inspiring too!

Trixie- The powerful forces of nature can be awesome indeed. Thank you for visiting here.

Lostroses- Dinosaur bones- I like that.

Crafty Green Poet said...

It looks a wonderful place to walk, those trees have real character!

Paulette said...

Beautiful pictures, thank you!