Lee’s Six Word Saturday – 1/21/17

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Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica) ©WikiC

LAYING UP IN STORE FOR THEMSELVES

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Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” (1 Timothy 6:19 KJV)

Western Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica) ©WikiC

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One thought on “Lee’s Six Word Saturday – 1/21/17

  1. Scrub Jays are not afraid to visit picnic tables at forested campsites — they are known to crash a party! Like other jays, the Scrub Jay is known to “plant” (i.e., cache) tree nuts for later retrieval — but, of course, many of those “planted” nuts are not retrieved, so those pine nuts (a/k/a pine seeds) germinate and grow and become the next generation of whatever kind of tree they are, oak or pine or whatever. Another jaybird that does this is the Pinyon Jay, who caches (“plants”) Pinyon Pine nuts: “If the birds planted seeds at the base of tall, healthy trees, those trees would shield the new seedling from needed sunlight, and would likely absorb the scarce rainfall of this area, so the new sprouts would fail to thrive. Also, being planted near brush or fallen trees provides these seedlings with protection from gusty desert winds which might otherwise tear them out of the soil. When winter comes, the pinyon jays harvest many of their carefully hidden pinyon seeds. Many more, however, go unharvested. These seeds, forgotten by jays, become the next generation of pinyon pines.” [Quoting “Providential Planting: The Pinyon Jay”, CREATION EX NIHILO, 19(3):24-25 (June 1997), posted at http://creation.com/providential-planting .]

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