Yep. Hopefully, that tree will stand long after we all are gone. Puts life into perspective for sure. Whenever I start to even think that I’m “all that and a bag of chips” like the kids used to say, I am reminded of the verse in the Bible that says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” So true.
I’ve known just a few very arrogant people personally, and it occurs to me that none of them would be likely to even stop at the foot of your tree, let alone look up. It certainly is a beauty — but it’s fun to see that hillside, too, and remember some of the flowers you’ve shown us from that spot in different seasons. I like thinking of what’s lurking under that pretty white blanket.
Each different kind of bark is a sign of each different success strategy. For example,the bark at the bases of a number of the large evergreens grows so thick that it is impervious to wildfire. That is a quite simple strategy, but the others must be equally successful but for different reasons.
One of the amazing things about these giant beings that we live among–the trees–is that they are very ‘aware’ of their surroundings, just in a totally different way than we are. They know how cold or hot it is, they are very aware if the soil is wet or dry and who is living in it (they interact intensely with the bacteria, fungi, nematodes and insects in the soil, and with the roots of other trees), and they know not only how long the daylength is, they know when it is increasing or declining. They are certainly very aware (and respond) when they are attacked by beetles or nibbled by a deer. It is a wonderful thing to pay attention to them, it really does change your own awareness.