TENNESSEE TREES: Red Oak & Chestnt Oak Trees

Cherish the oak trees of Gatlinsburg Tennessee, especially the Red Oak Tree and the Chestnut Oak Trees.  As tourists visit Gatlinsburg Tennessee, they are not afraid of bears this year.

Why?  In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, acorns from red oaks and chestnut oaks are extremely abundant in 2014.  The bears are so satisfied.  Their tummies are full in preparation for hibernation.   In other words, the bears are eating so many acorns, wild berries and nuts in the Great Smokies that they are not a nuisance to the tourists.  How wonderful for the tourists and the bears.

According to Biologist Bill Stiver, acorns from red oaks and chestnut oaks are so plentiful that wildlife experts expect fewer complaints about the bears in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The Knoxville News Sentinel, a newspaper published in Knoxville Tennessee, interviewed several wildlife experts including Bill Stiver.

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THE TREE OF LIFE — The movie

ON WALKING OUT OF THE MOVIE…..

The movie by Terrence Malick called “THE TREE OF LIFE” was probably the most boring movie I ever attended.  I sat through the first half of the movie and cringed.   When is it going to become a vital experience, I asked myself.   Two famous actors such as Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain are starring in a dud.

No, this is not a dud, the critics wrote.  IT IS ART!!  And besides, Terrence Malick is a genius.  Audiences throughout the country have become more reverential towards movies and Broadway shows which critics praise.  Not me.

I walked out of “The Tree of Life” and never waited to see the final seconds.  As for the movie tied for second place with a movie from a long time ago, I asked for a refund.  What were the title of these movies?

o  HER — too boring even for a movie with sex

o  THE DEER HUNTER — too violent

Audiences want to pay homage to those in the highly creative arts:  movies, music and theatre.  However, it is the prerogative ot audiences to demand quality.  If the digital age cannot improve the quality of the arts, rise from your chair and..WALK OUT!

NILE CROCODILE……a poem

NILE CROCODILE— KING OF THE NILE

by Zisa Moglen

The crocodile is King of the Nile.  In Egypt, where Cleopatra reigned as Queen of the Nile, the crocodile roamed beneath her ship.

LYLE: the Crocodile by Zisa Moglen

Lyle, the Crocodile

King of the Nile

With a snap of your jaws

And your mouth wide open

Your prey is gone.

With a quick snap of his jaws, his mouth is wide open.   YIKES!!!!

Jaguar, wisest animal in the Amazon jungle

but Mr. Jaguar, you don’t rhyme with Nile Crocodile

HE WAS AFRAID OF GOOGLE…..NY TIMES quote 9/9/14

GOOGLE

is a symbol of American dominance in the field of technology according to a German publishing executive.  In Europe, Google has the reputation as a fierce competitor.  German exec Matthias Doopfner says:

      WE ARE AFRAID OF GOOGLE

AS for me, Google has replaced the World Book Encyclopedia.  Years ago, when I was a student in high school, I looked to the encyclopedia to do my research.  Today, as part of my research, I hit the computer and begin a search with Google.

Do not be afraid, Germany…..

 

 

 

 

CALLERY PEAR TREE

CALLERY PEAR TREE

Callery pear blossoms are white in the springtime.  They are so fragrant…so lovely.   In autumn, they turn from yellow and orange to red, purple, bronze and pink.

JOSEPH CALLERY (1810-1862)

Who was Joseph Callery??? He was an Italian-Frenchman who lived in China.  He loved the pear tree so much that he sent sent specimens of the pear tree from China to Europe and later, the pear tree found its way to America.

SEPT 11 and THE CALLERY PEAR TREE

The callery pear tree survived the September 11, 2001 devastation on Church Street near the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center.  Although burned and now just a strump with a green leaf, IT SURVIVED.  See video as narrated by comedienne Whoopi Goldberg and sing a song:

“I was a strong pear tree at the World Trade Center.  I was strong every spring.  I was strong every winter.”

Zisa Moglen adds the following statement: I AM STRONG.

PYRUS CALLERYANA

Species of the pear tree in the family Rosaceae.  It is a deciduous tree with oval leaves and grows abundantly in springtime.

The fruits of the callery pear tree are small.  Callery pears have beautiful white blossoms and are similar to apple or crabapple trees.  They are resistant to blight — such as burning on Sept 11, 2001.

BRADFORD PEARS

The pear trees are particularly susceptible to storm damage when the Bradford variety ar cultivated. 

VIETNAM AND CHINA — native callery pear trees

The callery pear tree is native to China and Vietnam, the callery pear tree was introduced to the United States in 1909.   Later, in 1916, the Arnold Arboretum (in Missouri???) featured this tree.

 

September 11, 2014 — a day when the callery pear tree will become famous as “The Survivor Tree.”