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#TreeSquares 5: Barking Up the Wrong Tree at Lynx Lake

Now remember if a daily #TreeSquare sounds daunting, it is okay to join weekly or even just pop in occasionally with your trees. The frequency and content of your squares entirely depends on you and your blog. The only absolute rule for joining in with Squares is that your photograph must be square in shape! 

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In this month’s square’s challenge I will start at home and spiral farther and farther from home to share different tree species in my travels. All of these posts will work for both Becky B’s Squares and Cee’s Flower of the Day, #FOTD

Prescott Walk #14B Prescott National Forest: Lynx Lake

Vince surprised me with a quick ride to get out of the house for a bit after the temperature had cooled to 96 degrees. It turned into a photo shoot – without my new camera and in my flip flops.

Not all trees have such distinctive bark as the alligator pine tree. I’ve loved these since we first discovered them at Slide Rock State Park outside of Sedona in 2017.

I like to imagine shapes and faces in clouds too. Another good place to look for faces is in gnarled old trees. 


I missed this one when Cee had her Faces in Things challenge. It’s a long shot, but maybe an alien face?

So it thrilled me to see a tree at Lynx Lake I could name with certainty.

I don’t see any faces, though. In my mind I hear the kindergarten ditty I used to do with my five-year-old students.

Alligator Stew

Alligator stew, alligator stew, 
If I don’t get some I don’t know what I’ll do. 
Give away my furry hat, give away my shoe, 
But don’t give away my alligator stew. 

There ought to be one starting with Alligator Tree. Oh wait – here’s one.

Alligator Tree

Alligator tree, alligator tree,
If I don't find one, it will sure be bad for me.
Take away my computer, take away my key.
But don't take away my alligator tree.
© 2021 Marsha Ingrao

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    • Thank you, and you just taught me a new word. I’m afraid the imitation was all Photoshop Elements 15 filters.

      Pastiche –
      N, “an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.
      “the operetta is a pastiche of 18th century styles”
      V. “imitate the style of (an artist or work)”


  1. Hi Marsha, you inspired with the mention of faces in your post and I found some great photos from a while ago where clay sculptures were added to trees in a beautiful lush garden area. I’ve blogged about it today – thanks for the inspiration. Your trees and descriptions are wonderful and so different to the area where I live.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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