Sunday Trees – 14

     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.

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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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About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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6 Responses to Sunday Trees – 14

  1. Wow!… Im a great lover of trees as you know Becca.. and fell in love with yours 🙂 Hugs… and I do alot of Tree Hugging too 🙂 xxxx

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  2. granbee says:

    When I was growing up in Mississippi near Jackson and Vicksburg, I saw lamps and table legs made from cypress knees brought by my South Louisiana paternal cousins! I, too, love the knees and also enjoyed them in our trips around the Okefeenokee Swamp in South Georgia when my children were growing up in our home in Middle Georgia.

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  3. souldipper says:

    Thank you for the fascinating information about Cypress knees. Who knew there were tree knees?! 😀 As usual, Mother Nature adapts and provides for longevity…

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  4. Interesting trees! I have never seen or heard about Cypress Knees! But then again, I live in the Pacific Northwest and we have no such tree species. Our forest kingdom is ruled by the giant Douglas Fir, the Western Cedar and Hemlock. Looking foward to seeing more episodes in your “Sunday Trees.”

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    • becca givens says:

      These are primarily found in the swamps of the south. I love Douglas Firs and Hemlocks … I spent many summers in the Blue Ridge Mountains … and both of those varieties remind me of my “second home”. Thank you for visiting. 😀

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