Friday, March 5, 2021

Norfolk Island Pine on Nature FridaySun

 


Our neighborhood is full of the Norfolk Island Pine, it is almost every sky line we can take.
They grow to 40 to 60 feet tall;
I pass this tree every time I walk, these are close up of the new growth at the bottom, this happens with the tree is topped. the have to be topped because the taller they get, the easier they crash in our winds.
When topped, the branch out and make two tops, then three tops and the bottom of the trunks sprouts new growth.



CLCK HERE to see the sunrise on our street with these trees in the skyline. Taken while  standing in our driveway and also in the middle of the street. It's early everyone else is still asleep.  
NOTE ON BOB
The doctor said his knees are arthritis, bone on bone, cushion is gone on both knees, 2 options.
Replace the knees or get Steroid Shots which are good for about 3 months. He chose the shots.
How they look at Sunrise when I am walking. 

Sunday 7 am Feb 28


24 comments:

Ginny Hartzler said...

Weird tree! There are more options than that! I have had bone on bone so bad that from my knee down, my leg sticks way out to the side because the bone that supports it is gone. I went for those shots for many years, till they stopped working. I begged the orthopedic doctor if there was any other option, and he always said no, just surgery. The surgery is awful, I have sat by the bedsde of so many friends. Anyway, after I had scheduled the surgery, I found out about radiographic ablation, and it literally saved my life. No more pain!! They kill the three nerves to the knee with radio waves. It lasts between 6 months and two years, then you have it done again. I would be in a wheelchair with constant pain otherwise. Orthopedic surgeons will not tell you about this! They want you to keep coming back for the shots, or to operate.

CheerfulMonk said...

Thanks for the pictures of the pines. I hope Bob gets some relief, and I'm glad Ginny did. That sounds horrible.

easyweimaraner said...

wow that is a huge tree... we wonder if this pines would like it here too?

DeniseinVA said...

I hope those shots give Bob the relief he needs. I read with great interest what Ginny said in her comment. Those trees are another one of nature’s wonders. So beautiful! You asked what vaccine we got. It was Pfizer.

Ella said...

The last picture is gorgeous! You are a good photographer!

Hootin' Anni said...

Hooray! I see a HEART shape in the new growth!!!

I'd opt for the steroid too, I think.

Ann said...

Very interesting about those trees. I'm amazed at how big they get. That one in the last picture looks like it could easily be blown over.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Sandra
I love the tree! I am glad it can be topped. It looks interesting with the new growth.
I am glad Bob took the shot, surgery is scary. We are still waiting for the vaccine. I think my hubby can get the vaccine first because he is diabetic. Take care, have a great day!

Tigger said...

F's Dad had a knee like that and they did some surgery that put a metal bearing shoe on the end of the bone. Problem solved apparently - well he had no complaints about it.

Martha said...

I would go for the shots too, if it works why go any further. Those pine trees always make me so nervous in hurricanes. Our neighbor had his cut down. I was glad, it could have easily fell through my house if it ever came down. No others close enough for us to worry about.

My Mind's Eye said...

I had a Norfolk Island pine years ago, it was about 2' tall when I bought it.
Grew to over 4' and the trunk about 3/4" thick. Then it started dropping needles. I had no idea they could get that large
Hugs cEcilia

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
Cortisone shots generally work very well - certainly the first time. As others have noted, there is a decreasing effect simply because the body develops a tolerance for the drug in the same way it might for painkillers of any description. All I can add is that everyone I know (and there are a few) who have had replacement joints has sung the praises of the surgery, but then again, each of those I recall was maybe 70 or less in years... Gotta love statuesque trees versus sun phases! YAM xx

Rose said...

Thst ladt shot is wonderful...I sure hope that the shots take effect soon.

Mevely317 said...

LOVE that last photo with the silhouette-ed tree, the contrails, the clouds. Ahhh! But!, do the home-owners have to bear the cost of topping? That can't be inexpensive. When we built our home in Arizona, Tom planted a couple cypress trees. Neither of us counted on them growing so high, and I lived in fear someday a monsoon storm would take them down onto the neighbor's roof.

So glad Bob opted for the shots; praying he gets relief fast-like!

Inger said...

An interesting tree, thanks for the information, I've never heard of this tree before. Or I forgot, which I seem to do a lot these days. I read what Ginnie said about what she had done to her knees. And it's really bad if a doctor doesn't tell you all the options. Good thing we have the internet and good friends as well to let us know about option.

Inger said...

An interesting tree, thanks for the information, I've never heard of this tree before. Or I forgot, which I seem to do a lot these days. I read what Ginnie said about what she had done to her knees. And it's really bad if a doctor doesn't tell you all the options. Good thing we have the internet and good friends as well to let us know about option.

photowannabe said...

The tree that Dave topped last summer is doing the same thing..sprouting from way down on the trunk. I guess I will have to take a picture of ours now..never thought of it before.
Wow that big tree in the photo is tippy...I can imagine it falling on that house sometime. Love the sunrise too.
I hope the shots will give Bob some relief. When I got shots in my left knee it really did help...not fun but mobility is a good thing.
Happy "poking" today Sandra.
Sue

The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

Wow, how cool, and what a beautiful sunrise(in both pictures!) They also top the redwood trees here to keep them from getting top heavy!

Hope Bob's knees respond well to the shots!

Grandma C said...

That is an interesting pine. I love the 7am shot the best.
I live in the state with the oldest pine the Bristlecone Pine at an elevation of 10,000 feet.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

That is a really interesting tree. Sounds like those knees are going to have to be replaced sooner or later. Everyone that I know who has had the procedure has been ecstatic with the results.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I take delight in seeing the things you see. you, like me, notice the little things everyone else just walks by.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That's information I didn't know. Ours out in front is very tall. I'll have to tell Mark about this.

Carol said...

My goodness they are huge trees . People talking about knee problems. I had the shots before my surgery years ago . I had two knees done a year apart.

I was always an active person young and over the years everything wears out for me.



























Bob is no spring chicken so it comes up to yell at him . And bob was active then most men I know and he swam too. Next thing is the hip . The older you get the worse things happen. They tell us all eat healthy and exercise or walk to move or everything goes stiff. You cant win. My husbands grandmother died at 100
and she never moved at all she sat In her rocking chair iN front of the window in Holland watching everyone else walk or bicycle fast after her children. I guess it is what you get dealt with in life and sad enough we have to try things to help us till the time comes an operation. My surgeon was so wonderful he was 49 and then a transport came along and jackknifed and killed my sweet loving surgeon.



















Carol said...

Sorry about the huge space in my comment sandy.