Friday, November 17, 2006

w is for water x is for xylem

We have had lots of water in the form of rainfall over the past week. I have had the good fortune to have lived most of my life, (since the second grade) on or near a body of water. More years than not, I have been able to glance out a window and look at a lake or a bay or river. I love the water...I think about water a lot. It is essential. We are composed of 60 to 70 % of water... it takes many different forms...over two thirds of our planet is covered in it...it is what tears are made of and it melted the wicked witch of the west. It is powerful stuff...

Yesterday, amidst the rain, I noticed a pine tree, with sap at its base. I have seen this before, usually in the spring... the water was mixing with the sap and forming bubbles.

It made me think of the phloem and the xylem- the transport tissue... the closer my lens got to the sap, the more it looked like xylem tissue under the microscope.

or maybe a piece of lace knitting....

4 comments:

Dawn said...

Here too I am surrounded by bodies of water ...... both fresh and salt. Water plays a hugh part in our lives.

Stacey said...

I love the way you see things that would pass other people by.

Judith said...

I love water, too. I know I could never live far from the water. I get to live with salt water (bay) and am realizing the wetlands and brooks surrounding us in our woods are as interesting a body of water to observe as is the bay or a river. Your photos tell a story of this water. Lovely bubbles & sap! I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, Cyndy!

Cathy said...

Wonderful X! and W. You, too have a great TD.

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