Ironwood tree photo Sonoranironwoodtrunk_zps31c54e14.jpg
Gnarled ironwood tree, Sonoran Desert, Southern Arizona

weathered desert tree
stripped of all its ornaments
till the next blooming
~~ ~~ ~~

Surviving the desert’s vicissitudes takes fortitude.

Text and photo © 2015 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on January 17, 2015, in 5-7-5, Carpe Diem, ironwood, Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Six-Word Saturday and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Well said…takes so much fortitude….amazing photo!!

  2. It pays to keep a low profile, eh?

  3. Nature is amazing.

  4. Gosh, that looks older than me – and I don’t often say that!

  5. What stories that tree could tell!


  6. So does surviving cancer.

  7. You remind me weekly why I love AZ! Thank you for that!

  8. Oh, the stories this tree could tell…it looks like its been around for a while.

  9. Tree of life. Live for trees.

  10. I love gnarly old trees – same as I love gnarly old faces, so much more interesting than striplings/saplings.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      I think we all eventually grow to love gnarly faces, because that what we all end up with (unless the plastic surgeon intervenes)!

      On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 12:08 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  11. Like a well experienced face weathered with the wrinkles of time. Lovely.

  12. when the blooming comes
    to ornament the old tree
    who will tell the stones


    • magicalmysticalteacher

      You already know the answer to the question you pose: I will! 😉

      On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 8:16 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  13. The tree can be confident to bloom again.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      Unlike the poor Christmas trees that get torched at the end of the holiday season!

      On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 11:28 PM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  14. An interesting take on the challenge.

  15. I like that there are lots of texture on that tree! in such a harsh environment, I imagine all living things there must be strong.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      In this environment, only the strong survive!

      On Sun, Jan 18, 2015 at 8:36 AM, Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  16. Beautiful shot of this gigantic tree!

  17. Wow ! That’s a tree that has certainly lived a Life !

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