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Thursday Tree Love: A Bowl and a Bend


I can only begin to imagine what might have given this tree such an unusual shape with a bowl at the bottom and a slender trunk bent back into an arch, yet still growing leaves. We discovered this unique individual on my daughter’s May birthday hike through a nature preserve in southeatern North Carolina. I do not know what kind of tree it is, perhaps some kind of laurel, but I do know that it is a survivor. Here are some close ups:

The Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve contains a variety of habitats and diverse terrain:


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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, 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 as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

17 thoughts on “Thursday Tree Love: A Bowl and a Bend

  1. What a lesson in survival! We should never give up. As you say: Anything is possible!

  2. These pictures make me want to walk the wilderness again!

  3. Wonderful!! Despite the ‘bowl’ (obviously loss of plant tissue) and the bend, it is flourishing! Thanks for sharing this survivor!!

  4. As you know, similar scenes here, but not turtle. A lovely set.

  5. Loved your pictures and that resilient tree. It must have gone through harsh winds and weather and stood its ground. So much to learn from this tree for sure. JoAnna – it must have been a happy hike with all that greenery and the birthday celebration. Thanks for joining with the trees and ofcouse a peek into your life. See you tomorrow.

  6. Nature is so amazing….that bowl is probably a good hidey hole for some little animals too

  7. Oh wow! that tree is a fighter. Amazing!
    And those are some lovely green sights from your hike. 🙂

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