The Butler Cemetery is a peaceful place in the rolling hills of Smith County, Tennessee. Grave from the Givens, Butler, Waller, Kemp, Sircy, and other families are located here. I took the photo in 2009. My great-grandparents, Luther and Hettie Waller, are buried here.

This could be sap from the tree, or it could be something that the lichen produces. At any rate, the tree’s bark does not look healthy.

Clifton's Peach Tree #3


Close up of the flat, hairy  parts of the lichen on my cousin Clifton’s peach tree.

A veritable forest of lichen on my cousin Clifton’s peach tree. There are flat, hairy, scalloped “leaves” and fern-like “trees” that seem like they should come from two different types of plants.

There’s a whole other ecosystem growing on this peach tree. At first it just seems like a nice green tree, but take a few steps closer and you realize there’s something weird about it…

My cousin Clifton’s horse. I don’t know what kind of horse it is, of course. City girl…

She’s a little worried about the calf that wasn’t hers. All of this little family were protecting the calf.

My cousin Shelby has several cows. The Watusi is the star of the group, and she knows it.

After I did some hanging out in downtown Carthage, TN, visited Geneva at her house in Carthage (David from Michigan just happened to be there), and drove on twisty-turny roads through a 20-foot visib


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