near Houma, Louisiana USA
Returning from a weekend “home” in South Louisiana, I could not resist stopping along the way to snap a few shots of my favorite trees — the majestic oaks and the cypress. More of these photos can be found in previous episodes of Sunday Trees.
Cypress knees are a distinctive structure in a root of a cypress tree. It is thought the cypress knees help in providing oxygen to the tree and its roots; as well as assist in anchoring the tree in the soft, muddy soil. Another function is the cypress knees offer structural support and stabilization. The older the tree, the more cypress knees visible above the water line.
In South Louisiana – the knees are a favorite among wood carvers. However, it is no longer legal to harvest cypress knees from a living tree; cutting the cypress knees will kill the tree.
I have several charming pieces whittled from the cypress knees. These pieces are a cherished part of my South Louisiana heritage.
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