8:05 PM Elizabeth Seckman 13 Comments

I stole  borrowed this picture from Patricia Josephine's newsletter. 
(BTW: Newsletters are wonderful ways to keep in touch with writer friends. Join Patricia's mailing list here and if you're in the mood to be signing up for newsletters, sign up for mine here.)

Okay, so this isn't a post about newsletters. It's about this picture. It's inspiring and I am so glad Patricia snapped it and shared it. 

Look closely...see the tree growing into the side of the mountain? Total weed tree. (Not marijuana weed, survivor weed.) No one planted it, watered it, or cultivated it, but it's still doing its growing thing. 

Photo compliments pf Patricia Josephine

Years ago, they blasted an entire side of the mountain on Route 2 leading out of my town in order to widen the road. It was a stark switch from gently sloping green hillside to vertical bare rock. 

Change, even when it's welcome progress, can be ugly.  

Fast-forward less than a decade and that hill is now covered in grass, trees, and shrubs. 
You'd never know it was blasted. 

That's the resilience of creation and at times like now, it's important to remember that we are part of creation and we, like every living thing in our universe, were designed to adapt. 

Sometimes we forget that. Until someone snaps a pic of a tree growing on an inhospitable rock. 
That's our reminder that no matter what happens, life continues. Even where it seems impossible. 


  1. Lovely post! I remember when we lived in San Francisco and would drive the coast. The trees on the cliffs were all bent because of the constant winds, but they dug in their roots and insisted on thriving in spite of it.

    1. It is amazing how well nature can adapt and thrive anywhere.

  2. Life will continue. And if it doesn't, we have a better place waiting for us.

    1. I told a friend- look on the bright side, worst case scenario, we die and go to heaven. No need to worry.

      She said I'm fired from being pep-talk giver.

  3. What a great post, Elizabeth. I love it when nature reclaims what man has changed.


    1. Never bet against nature. But I grew up in a rural area. I know first hand how quickly nature takes back over...just don't mow your lawn for a few weeks. LOL

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    1. I have to keep reminding myself. Some days things seem pretty bleak.

  5. What an inspiring post and beautiful words. Thank you for sharing.

  6. A lovely reminder, Elizabeth.
    I guess we all need to take a page from Nature's handbook. She's a survivor.

  7. Wonderful post. I have a rather bleak (yet comforting to me) thought about this. I won't post it here, I want you to have a happy weekend!

  8. I love how that picture turned out. It screams Upper Michigan.

    PS: Thanks for the shoutout.


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