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This East Side tree does its own watering(Tree gushing water, also Heals)
My San Antonio ^ | 10 Aug 2006 | Vincent T. Davis

Posted on 08/11/2006 10:42:35 PM PDT by Marius3188

Lucille Pope's red oak tree has baffled tree experts, water specialists and nursery professionals.

The knotted, towering tree, more than 100 years old, has become the root of scrutiny in her East Side neighborhood. The tree has gurgled water from its trunk for the past three months.

Pope, 65, has sought answers from several specialists, calling experts from the Texas Forest Service, the Edwards Aquifer Authority and nurseries for an explanation.

They've combed her backyard, probing the gnarled tree that leans away from a parked white 1980s Cadillac.

After snapping pictures, doing taste tests and conducting preliminary studies, they're still working to give her a definitive answer.

Lucille Pope drinks the water that is mysteriously leaking out of a tree in her backyard on the East Side.

Lloyd Pope catches the water springing from a tree in his backyard on the East Side.

"I got a mystery tree," Pope said. "What kind of mystery do I have where water comes out of a tree?"

The odd occurrence started in early April when her son, Lloyd Pope, noticed bark smeared with sap when he went to fill his the water trough of his stepson's dog Neno. After moving the Rottweiler's tray, he saw a wide stain that ran from the root up toward the branches, with fluid dripping to the ground from above.

Days later, he saw water streaming onto the ground from the other side, and he showed his mother the sight.

Lloyd Pope, 47, said the water was cool, like it came from a faucet. The only damp spot around the tree trunk is where the water lands.

The peculiar incident has the Popes wondering if the water has properties not found on tap.

Pope said her insurance agent dabbed drops on a spider bite that went away after the application on the welt. Pope said she's soaked her sore ankles in water from the tree and the pain has gone away.

Now she wonders, is it a tree that heals or water that blesses?

Her son doesn't believe the cause of the streaming water is anything holy or religious.

"I ain't with that superstitious stuff," Lloyd Pope said, sitting on the hood of the Cadillac, catching water spurting out of the tree in a plastic gallon jug. "There's no crying Mary here."

After hearing of the leaking tree, two water experts stopped by Wednesday afternoon to study the strange sight.

George Rice, a hydrologist on the board of the authority, and Annalisa Peace, executive director of the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, walked around the tree, touching the damp surface.

"I've never seen anything like this before," Rice said. "If you wanted to dream something up I'd say that somehow water pressure underneath is forced through some kind of channel in the tree. But that's still very unlikely."

Rice watched the water gurgling about 2 feet up from the roots, estimating the flow at a 10th or 20th of a gallon every minute.

Lloyd Pope offered a blue plastic cup of the cool water to Rice and several bystanders. After a sip, Rice said it tasted like it could have had a trace of saline, almost like something that could have gone through natural dissolving salts.

Rice took a quarter of a plastic bottle of water from the tree, analyzing it later with a quick examination kit that measured water conductivity.

"From a crude, free test I can't tell the difference," Rice said of the water he compared to Edwards Aquifer water. "It's 600 micromhos, the same as what comes out of my tap, maybe a little higher."

Mark Peterson, regional community forester from the Texas Forest Service, paid a courtesy call three weeks ago to help Pope figure out a logical explanation to the phenomenon. He hasn't done any extensive research but still is trying to identify the enigma. He's talked to consultation services without any results

He said he believes it could be a spring, adding that that would be rare with the drought conditions this summer.

Peterson plans to ask colleagues around the country via link services for ideas about the tree.

"If it is a burst pipe their monthly bill would be enormous," Peterson said. "It would definitely be reflected in their bill."

Pope said she doesn't think the cause is a broken water pipe. She said her water bill is normal and hasn't fluctuated from the monthly average.

The only fluctuation she's seen she said is in the morning when the water flow is more forceful.

Roland Ruiz, spokesman for the authority, said that early in the morning he would suspect that the aquifer level would be up.

"With a high demand the level would be down," Ruiz said. "As the demand dropped, theoretically it would go up."

Thursday afternoon Ruiz said a science team member researched the elevation of the area and said that it's unlikely that the water from the tree is from aquifer springflow.

The family members said they plan to call the San Antonio Water System for an assessment.

After Rice and Peace left with their sample of water, Lloyd Pope continued to sit on the hood of the Cadillac, pressing the mouth of the nearly filled jug to the spout of water, just as he does every other day. Then he put the collected water, which he said is better than faucet water, in the icebox.

His mother cupped her hands to the tree, drinking the pooled water spilling over her fingers.

She's still waiting to find out if the source of the mysterious water flow is an artesian spring, a broken water pipe or an abandoned well.

Or possibly something else.

"I just want to know if it is a healing tree or blessed water," she said. "That's God's water. Nobody knows but God."


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Texas; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: healing; mystery; peetree; tree; water

1 posted on 08/11/2006 10:42:37 PM PDT by Marius3188
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To: Marius3188

Link Has photos.


2 posted on 08/11/2006 10:44:04 PM PDT by Marius3188 (Happy Resurrection Weekend)
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To: Marius3188

Thanks for posting this, saw that a little while ago, a true oddity of nature..


3 posted on 08/11/2006 10:46:31 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: Marius3188
lol.

The treee roots have reached the acquifer. Probably.

4 posted on 08/11/2006 11:11:07 PM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975 <--no such thing as a fairtax)
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To: Marius3188

Hope it doesn't turn out to be a busted sewer line.


5 posted on 08/11/2006 11:12:24 PM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: jiggyboy
"Hope it doesn't turn out to be a busted sewer line."

LOL my thought exactly. I'd wait for the lab tests before tasting it.
6 posted on 08/11/2006 11:46:26 PM PDT by ndt
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To: GeronL

The roots either reached the aquifer or are tapping into a neighbors water pipe.


7 posted on 08/12/2006 12:00:48 AM PDT by Chewbacca (I reject your reality and substitute my own.)
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To: Marius3188

I saw this on TV tonight.

My guess is that the tree has grown around a water faucet and that eventually the water faucet has sprung a leak. The water is shooting out of the tree about a foot off the ground. The tree looks round, you can't tell there is anything embedded in it.


8 posted on 08/12/2006 12:03:11 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Marius3188



9 posted on 08/12/2006 12:31:44 AM PDT by Justice
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To: Marius3188

Maybe just maybe this tree is able to pee.


10 posted on 08/12/2006 1:19:03 AM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: Marius3188

An artesian well of sorts.


11 posted on 08/12/2006 1:23:57 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: DannyTN

The tree ought to be X-rayed.


12 posted on 08/12/2006 1:24:20 AM PDT by The Red Zone
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To: Marius3188

Sounds like it is siphoning a water source!

:o)


13 posted on 08/12/2006 1:27:20 AM PDT by A0ri
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To: The Red Zone
"The tree ought to be X-rayed."

Not a bad idea. That would confirm or rule out my theory of an old embedded faucet.

14 posted on 08/12/2006 3:04:26 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: NormsRevenge

Moses has been tapping things again.


15 posted on 08/12/2006 3:06:11 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Justice
Can we plant some of these in ANWR and tap them for oil?
16 posted on 08/12/2006 5:25:23 AM PDT by KarlInOhio ("Advertisements... contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Marius3188
Tree gushing water, also Heals

No it doesn't.

17 posted on 08/12/2006 5:52:13 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Marius3188

Someone named "Pope" has a weeping tree. Let me get back to you on that.


18 posted on 08/12/2006 5:54:58 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: Marius3188
Lucille Pope drinks the water that is mysteriously leaking out of a tree in her backyard on the East Side.

I wouldn't drink it until I knew what the source was.

19 posted on 08/12/2006 6:05:42 AM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Just going on what the article says:

"Pope said her insurance agent dabbed drops on a spider bite that went away after the application on the welt. Pope said she's soaked her sore ankles in water from the tree and the pain has gone away."


20 posted on 08/12/2006 8:30:22 AM PDT by Marius3188 (Happy Resurrection Weekend)
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To: humblegunner
Which makes me think someone who knows her KNOWS what the source is. Visited two barns a couple years back. Both had faucets in them. At one, where the faucet was low, no sign of the well BUT I could feel the old board under my feet, under the grass as I walked back to the barn.

Try witching the area.

21 posted on 08/12/2006 8:35:59 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Marius3188

Placebos work all the time~!!


22 posted on 08/12/2006 8:37:01 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Marius3188

Here's a video of it.

Why has no one mentioned use of metal detectors yet?



23 posted on 08/12/2006 8:44:42 AM PDT by Lady Jag (Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated)
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To: Justice

did this tree grow around a faucet?


24 posted on 08/12/2006 2:58:46 PM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975 <--no such thing as a fairtax)
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To: Marius3188

They turned off her water and the tree stopped putting out water.


25 posted on 08/16/2006 6:34:33 PM PDT by GeronL (flogerloon.blogspot.com -------------> Rise of the Hate Party)
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To: NormsRevenge

UPDATE: They turned off the water to the house and the tree stopped leaking. Its roots had broken into the water pipe.


26 posted on 08/16/2006 6:35:50 PM PDT by GeronL (flogerloon.blogspot.com -------------> Rise of the Hate Party)
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To: Sacajaweau; Lady Jag

It was the water pipe. read above.


27 posted on 08/16/2006 6:37:05 PM PDT by GeronL (flogerloon.blogspot.com -------------> Rise of the Hate Party)
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To: GeronL

EUREKA!!!
Another of life's little mysteries solved.

I thought they had said they didn't noticed any excess water usage, maybe they weren't on a meter. That sure was a gusher tho... ;-)


28 posted on 08/16/2006 6:37:57 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: All

Hmmmm -- so would the house water help the sore ankles, or is there some sap, from the tree, mixed with the water that has healing properties, or is it mind over matter?


29 posted on 08/16/2006 6:45:28 PM PDT by Exit148 (Founder of the Loose Change Club. Every nickle and dime counts!!)
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To: GeronL

Where could they turn off a home's water before the tree?


30 posted on 08/16/2006 6:57:26 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated)
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To: Lady Jag

it was a radio report.


31 posted on 08/16/2006 7:03:58 PM PDT by GeronL (flogerloon.blogspot.com -------------> Rise of the Hate Party)
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To: Lady Jag

Turn off a main line valve. It would turn off several houses but it would be only for a short time. We do it here for maintenance purposes.


32 posted on 08/17/2006 3:36:34 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Exit148

My mother soaked her feet for years. Water just "feels good" to our body!! We all say ahhhhhhh when the shower hits our body.


33 posted on 08/17/2006 3:39:37 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Marius3188

Another Pope Miracle


34 posted on 08/17/2006 3:44:50 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup ("Is it real? Or is it Reuters?")
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Wonder who talked the poor lady into going "public". I'm sure it's a relative and I bet Mrs. Pope has MONEY!!

Strike One: Miracle water~!!!!

Son is 47. Mrs. Pope is 65?

35 posted on 08/17/2006 5:01:06 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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