Remember the old man in Monty Python and the Holy Grail? Luckily for this oak tree, it only has to deal with the slings and arrows of outrageous weather and not some efficient human in a hurry to kill it and toss it on the death cart.
This picture was taken near our home in the hundred-acre wood we are trying to preserve as a longleaf pine forest. One of those old pines, seen just in front of the oak, was snapped off during 2004’s Hurricane Ivan. The oak looks alot better these days. It’s old, beaten down, and has a sculpted Bonsai look to it, but is now nanny to a gaggle of boisterous longleaf and slash pine volunteers that have sprung up all around it.