Monday, December 26, 2011

An Unfortunate Sapling On Shale Ridge

I spotted this interesting tree while hiking at a cabin on Shale Ridge. 
  Apparently, the unfortunate maple sapling was bent into this tight arch by a fallen branch or tree.  Whatever bent the sapling is now gone...quite possibly it was made into firewood. From the way the upper branches of the bent sapling have grown, I would guess this accident happened a few years ago, but I doubt it happened long enough ago for the fallen branch/tree to rot away. 
  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.

1 comment:

  1. Dana, you've got me really noticing tree shapes. Saw a lovely loopy one the other day and a trees who's roots hovered over a no-longer-there obstacle.

    Happy New Year.

    Sybil in Nova Scotia