Fraying Insulation

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray

Fraying Insulation

My iPhone charging cable has been functioning faithfully since I bought it brand new from an Apple Store about 3 years ago. Look at it now, it’s layers of insulation fraying and coming off, first the plastic and then the woven metal inside, but I’m not ready to replace it yet. Walking down the street the other day, I caught sight of the trunk (not sure if this is the correct term since it wasn’t a tree) of this plant, which reminded me of the fraying metal insulation of my iPhone cable, and wondered what function it served the plant, insulation from the elements of the weather, protection from natural predators, water conservation…?

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