I spotted this interesting tree while hiking at a cabin on Shale Ridge.
This unusual tree has survived the trauma of being bent over backwards, but enough life giving sap has flowed through a strip of sapwood to keep the upper part alive long enough to grow its branches back toward the sun. Wow, trees are tough!
The arched sapling will have a tough time surviving for as long as "the days of a tree". It may however, live long enough to produce seed...seeds that may have a better chance of reaching their full potential.