Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Tree swallows brick


I may have a little credibility problem here, because we all know that trees don’t eat bricks. But I caught an old and wily Sycamore the other morning in the very act of slurping up a brick from a nearby sidewalk, no doubt hoping it would pass unnoticed by passers-by. It takes a sharp eye to notice a tree swallowing a brick, and I submit the following image as evidence. See and believe.

Does this modest bit of reporting contain a moral, like all tales should? I think it may. It speaks of the constant change of this universe created by a changeless God. On a macro scale we might consider a sky full of galaxies racing away from us, occasionally pausing to eat one another and rearrange the order of the cosmos. And consider the feat of our scientists programming and plotting a course through the heavens between here and Mars, hitting a speeding target while caroming off the gravitational field of a handy planet, Jupiter I think it was. The entire universe must have been put together by a Master Mathematician and Physicist.

Back here on planet Earth, on a micro scale so to speak, we are reduced to observing a slow-motion war between trees and brick sidewalks, and today’s image gives a good clue as to who is winning. The battle goes to the slow, which may be as close to a moral as we will get.

Dave, always glad to moralize a little.


2 Responses to “Tree swallows brick”
  1. Linda says:

    yep.. if I saw a tree eating a brick I would instantly think of galaxies racing away and eating each other and rearranging the cosmos. Gosh dad, fertile imagination you have there… kind of reminds me of your weird son! I am glad I know the Master Mathematician. Yet another facet of the ultimate Microbiologist!

  2. Dave says:

    Well, I rather imagine we might hear from my weird son one of these days. Perhaps he deserves the last word.

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