…the Tough Get Growing

People are so fascinating.  Some are artistic while others (like me!) can’t draw a stick figure.  Others can sing like a song bird while others (like me!) struggle to carry a tune.  Some are physically fit while others (like me!) need to get into shape!

There’s an old saying about the tough folk: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!”  And you know what?  There’s a ton of truth in that statement.  People either suck it up and get tough enough to face the challenges that they face or they crumble at the first taste of real adversity.

Today’s photo is a slight twist on that saying: “When the going gets tough, the tough get growing!”  I just don’t pretend to understand how this tree, located on a mountainside at around 7000 feet above sea level, managed to even start growing in this solid rock spot, let alone grow to the size of a tree that it is.  I picture the winter blizzards and windstorms whipping down the sheer mountainside out of view to the right of the picture and wonder how the roots could possibly be strong enough to hold this tree vertical.  All I can say is, “This is one TOUGH tree!”  But life is that way…life is strong!!!!

_MG_7670ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1820, the American whaler Essex, which hailed from Nantucket, Massachusetts, was attacked and sunk by an 80-ton sperm whale 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America.

The 238-ton Essex was in pursuit of sperm whales, specifically the precious oil and bone that could be derived from them, when an enraged bull whale rammed the ship twice and capsized the vessel. The 20 crew members escaped in three open boats, but only five of the men survived the harrowing 83-day journey to the coastal waters of South America, where they were picked up by other ships. Most of the crew resorted to cannibalism during the long journey, and at one point men on one of the long boats drew straws to determine which of the men would be shot in order to provide sustenance for the others. Three other men who had been left on a desolate Pacific island were saved later.

The first capture of a sperm whale by an American vessel was in 1711, marking the birth of an important American industry that commanded a fleet of more than 700 ships by the mid 18th century. Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick (1851) was inspired in part by the story of the Essex.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  Australian scientists have identified some species of baby spiders that bite off the limbs of their mothers and slowly dine on them over a period of weeks. The researchers hypothesize the maternal sacrifice keeps the young from eating one another.  Now THAT’S motherly love!!!

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