Friday, November 2, 2012

Anatomy of a Tree

 Before 10am!!  Sun still trying to get high.  This is a Western Juniper.  They grow like weeds in the desert. It is said that there are none like this exactly except here in Central Oregon and in the Holy Land.  Cool!
Mom & I both LOVED the smell of them.  Early mornings, after a rain, in the heat of a hot summer.  We would always go out before Xmas and get sprigs to decorate the house with, ones with berries on them.  They last and smell for a long time.  One memorable year she had Dad cut one down and brought it in the house for a Christmas tree!  Cheap, sure, but just let me tell you, it REALLY smelled and for the WHOLE time it was in the house and for some time after too!!
Some people develop allergies to them, and some can't burn the wood in their fireplaces, finding it irritating to the nose/head. We never had problems with it at all.  They also make good furniture. It has many varying colors to the wood.
This tree here, really looks like it has been thru the grinder, losing many of it's lower limbs. They are really a twisted tree..  and can live under remarkable conditions. I have had many pictures of them at one time or another on this blog.

 Always thought it would make a good coffee table book to have many different pictures of the many different looks of them in varying angles & light.

Just look at the bark just barely hanging on!!!

Not very popular i know and am sure, but i LOVE the Juniper tree!!!

Take Care All & God Bless


  1. Great pictures of the tree, Loree.

  2. Yup, Loree, I love those Junipers, too. They have so much character, and they just hang in there, no matter what. Could teach us some much needed life lessons, I think.

  3. I love trees and I love that you love the juniper. I'm more familiar with the eastern one. They call it a cedar but it's really a juniper. Not the same type I. don't think but similar.

  4. Oh, I love the smell!! Great photos!!

  5. great photos what a great looking tree.