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Thursday Tree Love: Mountain River Tree


I discovered this tree growing near a river in the Appalachian Mountains. I’m not sure what kind of tree it is. It’s roots drew my attention.

Mountain Magnolia roots

Who might take shelter among these roots during winter?

Mountain Magnolia den

The tree was surrounded by what looked like flowerless rhododendrons or perhaps mountain magnolia. They must be cousins.

Mountain Magnolia leaves and trunk.jpg

The ethereal treetop was a mystery. I reveled in the lush greenery close to the earth. The trail was calling.

LLH trail


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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again. I also paint angels.

21 thoughts on “Thursday Tree Love: Mountain River Tree

  1. I love the exposed roots. I wonder if that was from flooding?

  2. Beautiful JoAnna, the tree looks like a wonderful work of art.
    You do walk in beautiful places and enjoy the shade of the trees.


  3. Oooooo! Marvelous, JoAnna. A fine old tree and a beautiful trail to explore. Hugs.

  4. I also wonder if the tree roots were exposed through flooding as another commenter suggested; there is way too much flooding in our country in recent years. And I should know what those leaves are. It just isn’t coming to me.

    • The leaves below look like mountain magnolia or rhododendron, but I’m not sure if those same leaves were at the tree top or just surrounding the tree. Thanks for caring and wondering with me. πŸ™‚

  5. Beautiful!
    I see the rhododendron similarity as well. I wonder.

  6. Beautiful! This made me think of where I used to live (Marshall, NC) and we had 5 acres in a little mountain valley. There were many trees on our property and we found these little porcelain gnome creatures the previous owners had scattered about. We placed them in hollows like the one you showed here and made little trails up the mountain back behind our house. When we’d walk by, the little gnomes made me smile. I would think about the trees, this life…all the infinite possibilities in the universe…ah! Hehe. I hope you’ve had a good week!

    • How enchanting! I have a very small yard at the mountain house, but plenty of trails nearby. I will imagine your little gnomes with a smile when I explore the trails and maybe get some for my little yard. All the infinite possibilities – now that makes me smile! πŸ™‚ The week just got better. I hope yours is full of delight.

  7. Absolutely amazing! The gaps in the roots look like large enough to host a human being!! What a beautiful area for your walks!!

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