Cue the banjo music from "Deliverance" coz it's time for duelling blog posts.
Yes boys and girls, Amy-Lynn and I visited the same tree in the woods and are each writing a post about it.
This is mine.
And this is the tree.
Well really it's two trees but they were very close to each other and had probably grown up together, and if we chose just one of them the other might get jealous.
The tree was bigger than many of those around it. I wondered how many springs its aged trunk had seen.
Green branches could be found only at the top of the tree, where they stuck up above the smaller trees around them, reaching for sunlight.
The trunks and branches were white with Old Man's Beard and various lichens.
My trusty hand lens gave me a closer look.
This is why the tree appears white. A world of tiny plants came into clear view through my little lens.
This tree no longer seemed like a simple tree. Instead it was a multi-layered collection of lifeforms living together in harmony -- the canopy, the trunk, the draped branches, and the moss covered roots A little city in the woods.
Amy-Lynn's tree post can be found here.