One thing I am enjoying about my theme for the A-Z Challenge is that I am looking at the world more closely, learning about amazing stuff God made that I never knew existed, or knew but didn't know just how cool it was! I know there's some beautiful, majestic trees on this earth, but when I ran across information about the Quaking Aspen, a.k.a. The Trembling Giant, I knew it would be the highlight of my "T" post.
The Quaking Aspen grove - located in Utah - is actually not a bunch of single trees like it appears. It is a living organism spread over 107 acres, with each of it's approximately 47,000 stems having the same genetic code, and connected by an enormous underground root system. And here I thought Avatar's Pandora was pure fantasy. But Jodie Holt, who designed all of the flora for the fictional planet, is a professor of botany. So, she'd know about The Trembling Giant.
Pandora may be fake, but the Earth is real. The Trembling Giant is real. God is real. Amen?
Click on any of the pictures to link to lists of some of the most amazing trees in the world. They have a lot of overlaps, of course, but the pictures and information are wonderful on each list. I'll leave you with one more picture. This is The Basket Tree. It's shape is not natural; it was created by a man who harnessed the natural growth properties of the trees. What creativity!
Answers to my Quiz of Qs:
1-E, 2-C, 3-B, 4-D, 5-F, 6-A. Thanks to everyone who played. Blogs of the winners will be linked in my "U" post.