Thursday, September 10, 2009

The broken oak tree

For as long as I've lived in my neighborhood, I've noticed this large hollow at the base of an older emory oak tree; we're talking nearly 25 years. I've photographed the hollow several times. But it was only quite recently that I noticed a substantial crack running up the trunk:

As the crack curved around to an inaccessible side, I lost sight of it, so don't know just how high up the tree it winds. As to the cause, who knows. It doesn't look to be lightening.

Old age? I'm sure that this oak will continue to leaf out its canopy long after I'm gone! Unlike us meat creatures, trees live a slow, measured life. But I'm still curious as to the reason for the crack in this tree.

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azlaydey said...

Shhhhhush, or APS will cut it down!

Granny J said...

lady -- hey, that's good advice!

Kathleen said...

I love old trees with lots of character - they just beg to be in a painting!

Granny J said...

frame -- I think you'd like this one.

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