Monday, March 2, 2015

March 2, 2015 - Adaptive Tree


This tree fell long ago but didn’t die.  Two of its branches, small at the time, straightened out and grew straight upward.  Now each branch itself is big around as a tree trunk, and it appears as if there are two separate trees here, but this is not the case.  Somehow the tree has managed to stay alive, level itself out, and choose two new apical branches to grow upward, while remaining strong and supportive underneath.  The branches seem almost to grow out of mid air.  It’s a sight to see in summer, but in winter it’s doubly noticeable because of the snow covering on the bottom prone trunk.

Against all odds, some things just survive.  Sometimes they do it just to spite themselves, I guess, but that’s the will to live for you.  We think of the will to survive as being an animal thing only, but plants will fight to survive, too.  They’ll fight “tooth and nail” as well as any animal, just in a more subtle way.  They can also change and adapt to their circumstances.  Sometimes I think they do it even better than human beings, and certainly they do it quieter.

The fallen hero that didn't die.

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