Longleaf Stories

full circle in the hundred acre wood

  Survivor Oak

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.




  Young longleaf


Congratulations to Dave Bonta at Via Negativa on the Festival of the Trees 29, to be airing November 1.

0 thoughts on “I’m Not Dead Yet!

  1. Leslie in Japan says:

    I realized looking at your pictures today why the longleaf pines excite me so….the green just seems to be exploding out of the center….and the green is just so alive!


  2. Walk says:

    He stood at attention
    Not too far from here.
    He watched over the path I took
    For the years that I’ve passed
    He’s not as tall
    As in the past
    The rages of time a toll did take
    Even though bent, he will never break


  3. Leslie — yes, I think you’ve hit on something that moves me, too — that irrepressible greenness and the natural urge to grow.
    Walk — thank you for that creation. I do feel better about everything in our world when I see that old tree. If it outlasts me, that would be just fine.


  4. DSK says:

    Nice post.
    If I were to represent myself as a tree, I’d probably pick an oak like that one. Preferably a post oak.


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