I’m always fascinated when I come across a tree that had something attached to it many years ago and is in the process of swallowing it. At more than a few parks I’ve seen trees with little embedded plaques on them describing what kind of tree it is you are looking at. A tree growing through a chain-link fence can look like a freeze frame of liquid wood being squirted through it. One day as a kid I was walking around with the post from a garage sale sign pretending it was a sword. I sliced it into the crotch of a two-legged tree and left it there. I was quite surprised to come across that tree years later to find the ends of my sword poking out of either side of the tree trunk that had nearly swallowed it whole.
on February 21, 2011 at 12:00 am