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Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM

Emory oaks at dawn, Site 12, City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM, March 14, 2009
Emory oaks at dawn, Site 12, City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM, March 14, 2009

Emory oak

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the Emory oak:

Emory oak (Quercus emoryi) is a species of oak common in Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas (Big Bend National Park), USA, and northern Mexico south to Durango and San Luis Potosí. It typically grows in dry hills at moderate altitudes.

It is a live oak in the red oak group, retaining its leaves through the winter until the new leaves are produced in spring, and is a large shrub or small tree from 5-17 m tall. The leaves are 3-6 cm long, entire or wavy-toothed, leathery, dark green above, paler below. The acorns are 1.5-2 cm long, blackish-brown, and mature in 6-8 months from pollination; the kernel is sweet, and is an important food for many mammals and birds.

The tree is named after the United States army surveyor, Lieutenant William Hemsley Emory, who surveyed the area of west Texas where it was discovered in 1846.

Night camp

Site 12 - City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM

Finding the Words to Fit It

There is an idea current in the prevailing culture that writing about something that pains you heals the pain. I was not, when I began writing my life story, and am not now, healed of my mother. But you do gain a small distance from anything by keeping it in suspension in your mind while you work at finding the words to fit it. The process is so slow and incremental that you don't notice its effect, but the point is that it is a process.

Source: Almost There: the Onward Journey of a Dublin Woman, a Memoir by Nuala O'Faolain

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