Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Another one bites the dust

Discovered this fallen tree on New Year's during my walk. It's a poplar, and I guess the wind toppled it. It was a vigorously growing tree before dormancy set in, so maybe the roots were not significant enough to hold it. But the one root lying along the ground on the right side is impressive! This one leaves a good size opening for sunlight, to the delight, I'm sure, of small tree seedlings that will be competing for that sun this spring.  I know no tree goes to waste in the forest, but I will miss this stately poplar. In my book, trees are the most important of all organisms on Earth.

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