Hiking in the Appalachian Mountains, we came upon this tree with long gaps in its trunk. From this side, the tree appeared to be almost hollow. I thought it might be dead.
But when my eyes followed the trunk all the way to the top, I saw green leaves on its branches high above.
Life goes on even with the challenges.
I thought about what I’ve read of neighboring trees supporting the sick or injured with nourishment and support through an underground network.
The other side of the trunk looked more solid.
I’m glad the caretakers of the trail have let this tree live and inspire us.
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