LONGLEAF STORIES

full circle in the hundred acre wood

In my original blog, Switched At Birth, and its successor, The Way Home, I started a monthly photojournal, a walk-about of our hundred acre wood. I got nostalgic looking back over that digital archive , and realized those walks are good for my head, plus they make a historical record that tells its own story of storms, droughts, floods and seasons.

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0 thoughts on “Reviving A Tradition

  1. Walk says:

    It’s amazing how much your survivor oak’s shape is like the survivor tree at the Oklahoma City Memorial. It was the oak that was left standing after the bombing when everything else around it was burning or destroyed. It became a symbol of hope for a city that needed severe healing. There may be a story in there about oak trees and diversity.

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  2. DSK says:

    These are great scenes! I especially like the longleaf saplings + old trunks.

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  3. Walk, I didn’t know about the Survivor Oak in Oklahoma City, and was very moved by what you said about it. The tree in my picture has been a source of inspiration for us here, too, even though on a much smaller scale. We lost about 350 trees during Hurricane Ivan, many of them old growth longleaf pines. Our old friend Harold walked through the woods with us the first time after the storm and we all cried at the devastation. But that tree, old and wiry, stood — it was broken, we thought it would die, but year after year, each spring it looks stronger.

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  4. Dave says:

    Good to see how much progress these little guys are making.
    Oaks are in general built to last (though there are short-lived oak species too). They tend to be very good at isolating fire scars and storm damage with thick layers of scar tissue, for example, preventing infection to the rest of the tree.

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