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I Talk to the Trees…but they are in a Meeting. No really.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, action adventure

This big tree is #16 on the registry of the Live Oak Society. And he’s not the biggest tree in the society. Copyright by WyoJones. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Wishing for a Wormhole Friday is all about trees. Do you remember Clint Eastwood singing about talking to the trees? (Ouch alert before you click through! Seriously, think about it. Okay, here’s the link.) I love trees. There were a lot of them to love when we moved to New Orleans, but what I did not know (among all the many things I did not know about Louisiana), is that the Live Oak trees have their own Society.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, action adventure

“To become a member, a live oak must have a girth (waistline) of eight feet or greater. Girths over 16 feet are classified as centenarian.” (If that’s what it takes, I’m happy to be excluded!) Copyright by WyoJones. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

The current president (oh, yes, there is a president) of the society is “Seven Sisters Oak,” who is estimated to be at least 1200 years old. Only one human is allowed in the society. She is responsible for registering and recording the Live Oak Members. The original society had 43 members but has expanded to over 7,000 and includes “members” from all over the country.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, action adventure

I suppose it is wrong of me to want to build a tree house in this huge, bad boy (girl?)? Or to just climb it? Cause that is a sweet, climbing tree. Copyright by WyoJones. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

So? Did you know the Live Oaks had their own club? Were you surprised? In the know? Would you climb it if you got the chance? Are you feeling quite sleek knowing your girth disqualifies you for this club? Have a weird factoid to share?

(You can see more awesome, tree pictures on the hubs photostream.)

Show me some comment love and you’re automatically entered into my monthly drawing for a $10 AnaBanana gift card. Winner is announced in the first blog post of the new month (which just happens to be this blog post!).

And there is a second chance to win some AnaBanana goodness. Just visit my blog post: “You Don’t Have To Die to Get into the Little Cities of the Dead,” about the New Orleans cemeteries. 🙂

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, Project Enterprise

And the February winner is: Lynette M. Burrows! Congratulations!

Perilously (and feeling rather sveldt in my girth),

Pauline

While I have not written books about awesome trees, I have written novels that include: action, adventure, romance and humor! You can find out more about them by visiting paulinebjones.com. My books are available in print, digital and audio!