“For most of human history, we had no clue that trees were keeping the air on. Without trees, our life on earth would be impossible.” Matthew Sleeth, MD, Author of Reforesting Faith,
I rarely share quotes with the word “impossible.” But I’m so thankful to trees for keeping the air on. I can’t imagine life without them.
Yesterday I had a wonderful hike in the gentle mountains of North Carolina. The system of underground tree roots provided cushioned support as my footsteps seemed to reverberate with forest energy. The abundant oxygen and tree love gave me a natural high.
One tree that caught my attention might be two trees with a common base.
I see a lot of these in nature where humans have not interfered.
Below is a closer look at the base with a spider web attached to one side. If this started as two trees, the root system must be so intertwined, they are like one tree.
When trees are this dense, it’s not easy to separate them at the top. I think these sister trees could be maples.
Here are some other close tree families I discovered on a nature trail at a rest area on the drive to the mountains. I sure needed that walk.
Some trees live in close families, some stand alone. Either way, they adapt. I suspect the lone trees have long roots and find friends through an underground network. For all we know, they could have something like an organic internet dependent only on sun and rain.
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