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A tree’s trunk serves as its foundation.

Beginning as a fragile stem, it supports the tree from the time of two tiny leaves, until its crown is cloaked with thousands.


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Both foundation and conduit, the trunk serves to pipe water up from the roots to support growth among the limbs and canopy.

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So, too, it caries sugars produced during long summer days to other parts of the tree for storage.


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Seeds and fruits feed from this rich life-blood of sap flowing through the trunk and branches.


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Growing both taller and wider each year, a tree’s trunk records its history.


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Growth rings record each year of the tree’s life, both lush and lean.


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We can read a tree’s age, and possibly see some of what has happened across its lifetime.


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A trunk offers safety and sustenance to many creatures.


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Crevices form in its flesh.  A whole web of life  spins itself into being among squirrels and birds, serpents, insects, mice, mistletoe, lichen and moss.


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Like an epic Yggdrasil, every tree links Earth and sky; above with below; past with future.


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Words and Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014




About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

6 responses to “Foundation

  1. Nice! Hope you’re enjoying your weekend – don’t work too hard! 😉

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