Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

The theme of this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is EARTH.

The beautiful multi-colored trunk of this crape myrtle pulls ones eyes down to the earth that sustains it.



About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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24 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

  1. The roots of the trees always amaze me. We can never see the true extent of their depth as they lay safely hidden in Mother Earth.

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  3. elizz says:

    that’s lovely, it looks like a painting. 🙂


  4. Wow… This tree almost looks like a clever sculpture, though I’m sure had a human tried to sculpture it, it wouldn’t be as good…


  5. bythebriny says:

    Nice interpretation!


  6. What an unusual tree, John!


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    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks, Janet. Many, but not all, crape myrtles have bark coloring like this one. The color can be striking…others are rather gray and blah. It all depends on the cultivar.


  7. I almost thought Eucalyptus at first with the striated bark since I never see myrtles like that. Very pretty.


  8. Yes, it does pull the eyes down, and even though I’m sitting far away, in a chair in a multi-story building, I feel grounded, as though my own roots reach down into the Earth. Thank you for this image and the comfort it brings.


  9. Beautiful bark and trunk. This aspect of a tree is often underappreciated.


  10. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks, Jason. So many crape myrtles have bark that is just blah. The ones with two tones can be quite delightful.


  11. Pennie says:

    Beautiful tree John!

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  12. litadoolan says:

    Stunning tree bark. The roots are unusual. I can see how writers are inspired to make magical stories around forests and trees. It’s a beauty!


  13. johnvic8 says:

    Thank you, Lita. I found this tree just by chance and was immediately struck with its unusual design.


  14. athling2001 says:

    Great tree. Is it inside or just outside?


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