Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a water molecule going up the xylem of a tree? Or what it looks like inside of a tree if you could crawl in and look around?
If you look at this picture, you might get an idea of what it might be like. You can see two young girls (two of my grand-daughters) looking skyward and one of my sons to the left of the picture. The rest are all family members, too.
Believe it or not, it was broad daylight when this picture was taken. Why is it so dark and why are the girls looking upwards? Because they are inside of a redwood tree at Henry Cowell Redwoods near Santa Cruz, CA.
So, now you know what it looks like inside of a tree. There are people in there, eating bananas, being goofy and otherwise milling around. Mystery solved!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1861, in Montgomery, Alabama, delegates from South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana convened to establish the Confederate States of America.
As early as 1858, the ongoing conflict between the North and the South over the issue of slavery led Southern leadership to discuss a unified separation from the United States. By 1860, the majority of the slave states were publicly threatening secession if the Republicans, the anti-slavery party, won the presidency. Following Republican Abraham Lincoln’s victory over the divided Democratic Party in November 1860, South Carolina immediately initiated secession proceedings. On December 20, its legislature passed the “Ordinance of Secession,” which declared that “the Union now subsisting between South Carolina and other states, under the name of the United States of America, is hereby dissolved.” After the declaration, South Carolina set about seizing forts, arsenals, and other strategic locations within the state. Within six weeks, five more Southern states had followed South Carolina’s lead.
In February 1861, representatives from the six seceded states met in Montgomery, Alabama, to formally establish a unified government, which they named the Confederate States of America. On February 9, Jefferson Davis of Mississippi was elected the Confederacy’s first president.
By the time Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated in March 1861, Texas had joined the Confederacy, and federal troops held only Fort Sumter in South Carolina, Fort Pickens off the Florida coast, and a handful of minor outposts in the South. On April 12, 1861, theAmerican Civil War began when Confederate shore batteries under General P.G.T. Beauregard opened fire on Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Bay. Within two months, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Tennessee had all joined the embattled Confederacy.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: In Quitman, Georgia, chickens may not cross the road. To this day, those poor chickens are still wondering what’s on the other side of the road.