There once was a tree, a tall strong palm tree that kissed the sky and shaded the industrial park giving the working folk there, the hope of someday going on a tropical paradise vacation. One day the palm tree grew too tall. There were power lines that bisected the sky over the parking lot that could not be moved, so it was decided. The tree was cut down the next day, at a bargain price, and with great efficient speed. Once cut down the people saw their problem solved, so they thought nothing of the stump that was left behind. There would have been an extra charge to remove it, and no one felt the cost would be worth it. So the stump was left in the lot.
The fibers that had made the tree so straight and tall were now exposed, and the intricate complexities of construction wore away until the skeleton like structure of the palm trunk was left behind. Hundreds and hundreds of fibers had worked together to straighten the palm tree when the Santa Ana winds blew, and now they formed a jagged fierce fence, a thicket whose cracks got filled in with dust and mud from the rains. The stump became a vessel for rain and soil, but it presented itself as a harsh landscape. After a cleansing Autumn rain a simple rye grass seed found shelter in the bowl of the tree stump. And it decided to grow there and try to take over the parking lot.
Please come back tomorrow for a new “Weed Image of the Day” and let me know which ones you like.
We and our weeds are so much more than what we first appear to be.