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.
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.