Treeless Tundra

One of the nice things about this TBOT study is that it’s not limited to birds. I never know where it’s going to take me.

Some days it’s an image that comes to mind. Other times, it’s a verse. On a couple of days – like today – it’s a new word. Curiosity drives me to find out more, especially if the new word/thing is some element or feature of nature.


Sounds like a very hard place. “Harsh” is one of the most frequently used descriptors. “… from the Finnish word tunturi, meaning treeless plain.” (source) “… months of total darkness and extremely frigid temperatures.” (source)

OK. Don’t suppose it’ll be a getaway choice anytime soon.

John Stott used the phrase “the uninhabited Arctic tundra”. How depressing! And… barren.

Think again.

“Hardy flora like cushion plants survive on these mountain plains by growing in rock depressions where it is warmer and they are sheltered from the wind.” – National Geographic

Cushion plants??

“A cushion plant is a compact, low growing, mat forming plant that is found in alpine, subalpine, arctic, or subarctic environments around the world. The term “cushion” is usually applied to woody plants that grow as spreading mats, are limited in height above the ground (a few inches at most), have relatively large and deep tap roots, and have life histories adapted to slow growth in a nutrient poor environment with delayed reproductivity and reproductive cycle adaptations.” – Wikipedia

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Wow. So pretty. Who’d have thought? God is amazing.

But, why bother? Who’s going to see them?

But there they are. Made by Him, made for Him. Blooming for their Creator’s delight.

Hardiness. Hardness.

We always have a choice. No matter the terrain.

Not in our own strength. Only by being in the cleft of the Rock.

Let’s tap-root well.


About lilac butterfly

Live. Love. Learn. Laugh. Write. Draw. Colour. Blend. Play. Dream. Cry. Reflect. Pray. Sing. Worship. Bake. Cook. Rest. Give thanks.


  1. Like you inspiring attitude and graceful words.

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