Proof That God Gets Bored

Yesterday my wife Cat and I hung around uber-snazzy La Jolla, CA, which is just down the coast from where we live. As you can see from this one shot I took, La Jolla (city motto: “Having a Love-Hate Relationship with Tourists since 1905″) is ridiculously beautiful:

lajolla

Here we see, along the same walk on which the above shot was taken, some random sea birds hanging out and wondering when someone’s going to come clean their rock:

birds

And here, along the same oceanside promenade, we have proof that sometimes God gets bored, and decides to design something so crazy that all regular people can do when they see it is take a picture of it, post it on their blog, and hope anyone believes they didn’t make it up in Photoshop. (Just to be clear, in case the picture isn’t: the two parts of the tree that look like they’re both coming out of the ground are. The thing just loops back into the ground; or, actually, comes out of the ground in two different places, and then somehow seamlessly merges to become one …. root-branch-tree/optical illusion thing that if you weren’t a good Christian would totally make you want to go get a drink somewhere.

crazytree

Related post o’ mine: Evil Tree!

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  • http://inkstainedpaws.blogspot.com casey

    such awesome photography.

  • http://www.1truebeliever.wordpress.com wickle

    Thanks for the evidence!

    I have long been sure that the platypus is proof that God has a sense of humor, but you're right about these points, too!

  • Greta Sheppard

    TREES HAVE ALWAYS FASCINATED ME . . .

    THIS PICTURE SEEMS TO DESCRIBE SOMEONE "WHO IS OUT OF HIS TREE' . . . SO TO SPEAK…..YOU KNOW… LIKE SOMEONE FRUSTRATED , WRINGING HIS HANDS . . . ' GOING RANDOMLY CRAZY' ?. . . BUT COMES THROUGH IT O.K. ? HMMMMM…..WHY DO I RELATE TO THAT? . . . SMILE!

  • http://www.myspace.com/whitenoisemetalpodcast Brian Shields

    Proof that the place is too snazzy for me… it's not La Jolla which might be a jolly place to be. It's La Hoya and I've never been a Georgetown basketball fan.

  • HW

    Great blog . . . perfect for a summer day!

    Trying not to be envious of your proximity to such created beauty. :-)

  • Latoya

    WOW. those pictures are really good John..made me feel so relaxed :) (I am so looking forward to this wknd! Going to tha beach!!)

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Not the same! The tree you've shown, friend Nathan, seems to only have ONE place in the ground from which its root emerges—in the way all normal trees do. The "trunk" of this freak comes out of TWO places—or one, maybe, and then arcs, and shoots back down into the ground. See the three points at which the tree in the foreground of my picture meets the ground. Only the MIDDLE point of those three is resting on the ground, in the manner of the branches of the tree you showed. The other two are IN the ground. They're both growing OUT of the ground, if that makes sense. Which it doesn't. Which is why a bar right next to this tree would make a fortune.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Ha! Yes. Too perfect.

  • http://www.aelc.edu.au/the-naked-ape-blog/index.html Nathan

    LOL! They all grow like that in a part of Western Australia known as “The Shipwreck Coast” because of the strength and consistency of the wind.

    Check them out: http://aussieclogs.com.au/Images/m_leaning%20tree.JPG

  • http://www.aelc.edu.au/the-naked-ape-blog/index.html Nathan

    True, true. Your tree would make a superior bar location. (Geraldton, on the other hand, is noteworthy only as a place that people crawled ashore from shipwrecks!)

    However, I think it just reinforces that God clearly got bored if (s)he can come up with at least 2 ways to grow horizontal trees.


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