#FF — Tree Tour


PHOTO PROMPT © Liz Young

Jem and Peet chugged along the Everglades trail, their first trip since lockdown ended.

Peet, it’s nice to be out of the house, but Florida in July?”

Jem, I wanted to see a mangrove tree,” said Peet, checking off the box on his tree list.

I’m geeked we leave for California tomorrow to see bristlecone pines – the oldest living things on earth!  At least it’s a dry heat.”

Jem and Peet didn’t know that an even older life form, whose mouth mimicked mangrove trees, would draw them in for a taste. They’d never see California.

[99 words]

The moment I saw this image it reminded me of a giant monster’s mouth. Those two are probably still being digested!

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the encouraging host of Friday Fictioneers.

68 Comments Add yours

  1. neilmacdon says:

    An older life form than trees? Yikes!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Neil!

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  2. plaridel says:

    i’d been to belize and those mangrove trees really scared the hell out of me. they seemed to be from out of this world. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Now you know… you narrowly escaped death! 😉

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  3. Bear says:

    Ouch.. beware the tree with an appetite.

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  4. Nobbinmaug says:

    The 12-year-old in me said, “Fort. That’s a fort.” I would run in there and be devoured.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      LMAO Do you ever get the feeling that these images are like Rorshach blots and we are in the middle of a giant experiment? I’m sure there’s a big red “DANGER” stamped on my folder.

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      1. Nobbinmaug says:

        If there is a folder, I hope there’s a “DANGER” stamped on mine. 🤣

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Hey we can be near each other in the drawer 🙂

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          1. Nobbinmaug says:

            That’s good. Those drawers can be dark and scary.

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  5. Dora says:

    Watch out for those man-eating trees! Too late for these two though. 😉

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    1. msjadeli says:

      The mystery to how big and healthy they are has been solved 😉

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  6. trentpmcd says:

    Carnivorous trees are never fun to meet up with. They’re bigger and can entice people in, though we do have the advantage of speed…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      When you have the kind with quick-sprouting roots that can trip like someone else wrote about….

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      1. trentpmcd says:

        Yeah, I guess there are some you just need to stay far, far away from…

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  7. Iain Kelly says:

    Surviving lockdown only for this to happen to them! That’s unfortunate! 🙂

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  8. jenne49 says:

    Eek! I thought the trees were creepy already, but now they’re downright terrifying! A monster’s mouth. That’s so good!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Jenne!

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  9. Sadje says:

    It does looks like a giant mouth. Good story Li

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje!

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome Li

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  10. Cool story, Lisa. That image is just unbelievable. It does look like some alien creature!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Christian! 🙂

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  11. Dear Lisa,

    The humidity in Florida is enough to eat one alive…but I have this niggling feeling that’s the least of their worries. 😉 Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, I share your feeling on this. Glad you like story, thank you. 🙂
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  12. Sandra says:

    Trees need quite a lot of nutrients, especially mangrove. Even the name is slightly eerie.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ha! Never even thought about that! Really makes you wonder….

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  13. granonine says:

    Too bad they didn’t go see the bristlecones first. They don’t eat people 🙂

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  14. I can just imagine it emitting a thunderous burp after eating them! Nice one Lisa.

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  15. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Jem and Peet are no more…see I told you those trees had an evil side!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Max, you planted the seed to this story! I remember writing it right after I read your comments. Thanks Muse!

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Well we helped each other out today!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Oh right, I’ll be right over to read!

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          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            Lol no hurry you know that!

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            1. msjadeli says:

              You did your post up right. I love the image you chose at the top. Very nice!

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              1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                Thanks Lisa

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                1. msjadeli says:

                  You’re welcome.

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  16. ahtdoucette says:

    Oooo, Everglades. Got to look out. This reminds me of visiting friends down there and being told that the gators hardly ever attack people BUT best not to go walking far alone. Apparently it is like that out there sometimes. You never know…. Great story that could almost be true. Maybe IS true….

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, Anne. I’ve been to the Everglades a few times and your friends are right. The gators are everywhere and I wouldn’t want to turn my back on one.

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  17. draliman says:

    Straight from lockdown to a monster’s dinner. It’s not their year 😦

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  18. Michael Humphris says:

    A poor old tree that is having a torrid time recycling humanity’s curious, 😉

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  19. Patricia Clair says:

    Ah, I didn’t see that one coming! Nice work.

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  20. There is certainly something very sinister about that tree! Surviving lockdown only to be digested by a nasty tree…bummer. Entertaining story!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Brenda. I had those poor people going every which way.

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  21. athling2001 says:

    It is scary enough in the Everglades without trees eating people. Oh my!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, the gators nibbling at your ankles are another hazard. Maybe the gators and the tree flipped a coin and the tree won these two…

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  22. calmkate says:

    geeze Lisa this rather puts a real dampner on my tree hugging … fear of being munched on 😦

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Only by this ET masquerading as a tree!

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      1. calmkate says:

        ah then I can keep hugging safely 🙂

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  23. James McEwan says:

    This tree must be related to the Venus Fy Trap, only needs humans to survive. A fun, but shocking idea.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s only pretending to be a tree, but I agree that it is shocking to think of a carnivorous “tree” that eats humans.

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  24. liz young says:

    My beautiful tree seems to have frightened a good number this week!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      If only it were a tree….. 😉

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  25. That’s always been quite a major problem with old life forms that are so very good at camouflage~

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  26. Dale says:

    Now that you mention it, it does look like an evil face with gaping mouth!

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  27. Laurie Bell says:

    Ooooooooo spooky and very cool!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Laurie!

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  28. subroto says:

    Nooo!!
    See ya later alligator…..

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  29. Creepy story, I like the ominous twist at the end. The photo is spooky, makes me think of gaping mouths and strings of saliva.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, WWM, I see that too!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Neel.

      Like

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