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When A Tree Falls In The Forest . . . August 29, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Life Balance, Nature.

Perico Preserve, a bird rookery, opened up across the street from us this summer.  On a cool-ish Sunday evening we went over to check it out.

While wandering the trails, we bumped into this massive tree lying down on the job.

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At first, we assumed it had just recently keeled over due to heat exhaustion.


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After walking underneath the tree’s arching trunk to the far side, we noticed numerous stout branches straining skyward and several muscular roots keeping the tree grounded and well fed.

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The tree did not give up when it fell down . . .

It adapted to the challenges of its new position, refusing to abandon its continual quest to reach for the sun.

Ain’t nature grand!

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Jill Weatherholt - August 29, 2016

Yes it is, Nancy! Cool pictures.

nrhatch - August 29, 2016

Thanks, Jill. When we bumped into this sage old tree, I had to take its portrait.

2. Val Boyko - August 29, 2016

Now that is a great lesson on resilience and survival. An amazing tree! Thanks Nancy 💛

nrhatch - August 29, 2016

Nature rocks! Even when it’s a tree.

3. Bun Karyudo - August 29, 2016

Down but not out. 🙂

nrhatch - August 29, 2016

Yes, we could hear it humming “I Will Survive! As long as I know how to grow, I know I’ll stay alive.”

And on Saturdays, it does a stellar rendition of “Staying Alive” by the BeeGees.

Bun Karyudo - August 29, 2016

Bet it also does a great “Eye of the Tiger,” or some other song by Survivor.

nrhatch - August 29, 2016

Yes! Or Chariots of Fire! Or Katy Perry’s ROAR!

4. Kate Crimmins - August 29, 2016

It’s amazing some maintenance guy didn’t come along with his chain saw. That’s what happens in life when people look unusual. Some other person cuts them down with their chainsaw of words. I love nature. She thinks this is all ok.

nrhatch - August 29, 2016

In this case, Parks & Natural Resources decided to let nature take its course ~> so much more interesting than having cookie cutter pathways and look alike lanes.

And your analogy is spot on, Kate.

People do want us to conform to the norm . . . whenever we step out of line. But where’s the fun in that?

Kate Crimmins - August 29, 2016

There isn’t any fun in that. That’s why you and I fight it all the time. Excuse me I have to lean so my leaves get an even tan.

nrhatch - August 29, 2016

Now you’re talking!

5. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - August 29, 2016

Oh man, love that tree and the fact that it refused to give up! What a great story!

nrhatch - August 29, 2016

Hi Kate! It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we refuse to give up and give in. Here’s to keeping on, keeping on.

6. L. Marie - August 29, 2016

Wow. That is an awesome image of perseverance. 🙂

nrhatch - August 29, 2016

Yes! Exactly what we thought when we saw the other side of the tree and how it kept on growing.

7. Rainee - August 29, 2016

Great message there Nancy :). Resilience!

nrhatch - August 29, 2016

Nature iz smart!

8. Morgan - August 29, 2016

a MARVEL of adaptation and the strength of nature to survive against all odds. reminds me of a poem I wrote once about a similar tree:

How like this tree I Strive to be
In spite of Adversity.

nrhatch - August 29, 2016

Yes! Nature does not ask, “what do they want me to be?” Its glory lies in its authenticity.

Morgan - August 29, 2016

Amen 🙂

9. suzicate - August 29, 2016

That is one awesome tree; I love encountering treasures like this when on the trail! Aren’t you glad you got to see the other side of the tree since things aren’t always as they first appear to us?

nrhatch - August 29, 2016

Yes! A change of perspective often changes everything.

10. anotherday2paradise - August 29, 2016

So amazing, Nancy. A lesson to be learned for all of us. 🙂

nrhatch - August 29, 2016

The tree offers up an impressive reminder about adaptability and perseverance.

anotherday2paradise - August 29, 2016

For sure.

11. Under the Oaks - August 30, 2016

I love trees! We could lean much from trees. That is an awesome root system!

nrhatch - August 30, 2016

If you get down here this winter, we can introduce you!

Under the Oaks - August 30, 2016

That’s the plan!

nrhatch - August 30, 2016

Awesome sauce!

12. Joanne Sisco - August 30, 2016

I’ve said it many times … when you see something like this and how tenacious nature is, what possible chance do I have against the weeds in my yard? 🙂

nrhatch - August 30, 2016

Bwahaha! To tell the difference between a weed and a planned plant, pull on it. If it comes up easily, it’s an intended planting. If it tenaciously stays put, it’s a weed.

Joanne Sisco - August 30, 2016

LOL!!! So true!! 😀

13. Tiny - August 30, 2016

that’s a massive fall, but the quest to reach the skies never ends 🙂

nrhatch - August 30, 2016

That tree does a great yoga “tree pose” . . .

14. Debra - August 30, 2016

Nature is indeed grand! And how exciting to have a rookery so close to home. They can get a little stinky, in my experience, but I find them absolutely wonderful and I can handle the smell! 🙂

nrhatch - August 31, 2016

We have 3 preserves/rookeries within a stone’s throw of our house ~ Robinson Preserve is the oldest and largest; Neal Preserve is a bit more intimate but with a nice trail, viewing tower, and docks overlooking the water; and Perico Preserve is large enough so that the aroma shouldn’t be an issue. Among other things, the planners created an island in the middle of a tidal lagoon for nesting birds that want to be away from the foot traffic.

15. Behind the Story - August 31, 2016

Fantastic! Those three fat roots in the last photo seem to have been doing their job for a long time, maybe before the park people made the trail. Some trail maker may have admired the tree’s grit and determination to survive and decided to spare it.

nrhatch - August 31, 2016

Absolutely right, Nicki. The tree fell long before they started “developing” the land into a preserve with trails, etc. It was a reasoned (and reasonable) decision to leave the tree in situ for US to admire.

16. Akhila - August 31, 2016

best example of adaptability ..big salute to the tree

nrhatch - August 31, 2016

A big salute and a hug!

Akhila - August 31, 2016

have a great time..

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