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Thursday Tree Love: Balance on the Banks of the Great Dismal Swamp Canal


Maples on the banks of the Dismal Swamp Canal

Today is Thanksgiving in the US, and I’m thankful for trees among other things. Trees provide with shade in the summer and many drop their leaves in winter letting the sun in. Then there’s all that oxygen they make which we need to survive.

I’m thankful that the Dismal Swamp was not dismal at the information/rest area we stopped at going to and from Connecticut. The leaning maples on the banks of canal made me curious. A quick search clarified that the soil close to the water is softer, subject to erosion, and not as supportive, causing the trees to lean toward the water. Also, there may be more light over the water. It appears that these trees eventually curved back toward the bank as they grew seeking balance.

my trees

The “Great Dismal Swamp” is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. We stopped at the Dismal Swamp Canal visitor rest area on our way north and again on our way home. It is the oldest operating man-made canal in the United States and opened as a trade route in 1805. Digging the canal took over 12 years and was done mostly by the hard labor of enslaved people. Later, the Great Dismal Swamp provided hiding places for many who escaped slavery and headed north to freedom. Thousands of refugees, known as maroons, lived in swampland communities from around 1700 until the 1860s. 

Thursday Tree Love is hosted on the second and fourth Thursday of each month by Parul Thakur. For more tree love visit Parul’s blog. She has a wonderful quote on her tree love post.

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.

15 thoughts on “Thursday Tree Love: Balance on the Banks of the Great Dismal Swamp Canal

  1. This was very informative. I did not know anything about this canal. Great posting!

  2. Interesting. Enjoy our weekend.

  3. Oh wow. Anywhere that is called the Great Dismal Swamp is a must visit! The trees are beautiful.

  4. Interesting post. I love the tree and the welsh phrase. A lot of lessons in there. I’m thankful for trees too!

    • Thanks, Chandra. I’m glad you love the tree with the Welsh phrase which speaks to my soul. I’d been saving that in my drafts for quite a while and decided to finally include it in a tree love post.

  5. Love that phrase and the trees. It’s always a pleasure to look at your pictures, JoAnna. Thank you for joining and see you around tomorrow.

  6. Interesting history. The trees are lovely too!

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