Ever walk through the forest and see something, stop, and go hmm?
Yesterday I was out on a 120 forested property with a landowner. We were just cruising along, when we stopped and both looked up and went hmm.
Often when I go to properties with a lot of acreage to cover the landowners drive me around on 4-wheelers or gators so we can cover all ground and see EVERYTHING! So here we are vroom vrooming along when we had to hit the breaks. Up above us was unlike something I have never seen before. The tree branch was literally curling around making a doughnut shape! I thought perfect placement for a bird or squirrel nest. Now, I have seen a lot of trees that grow around things, like a sign or nail or something like that. Trees have incredible strength to grow around inanimate objects in order to survive. I have also seen trees that grow slanted to try and catch as much sunlight as they can, but never in all my days of hugging trees have I seen one curl around like this. It is quite odd to me actually; what in the world this tree branch thinking to grow like this?!
To my next wonder of trees…the other day I was sent an article about trees and communication. Whether or not trees communicate in ways underground through their root systems. Now part of me is like yeah okay makes sense what she is saying and part of me is thinking no, competition and Darwin’s theory of “survival of the fittest”. Survival of the fittest is not saying the strongest always survives. It is often misinterpreted or maybe I am the one who misinterprets it but I believe it means the ones willing to change or adapt and the ones that are “smarter” are the ones who survive. I am no expert on this! So when I was listening to this forester talk about the communication with trees I obviously got to thinking about her theory. When I was at this site visit he had a lot of regeneration. BABY TREES!!!! EEEE!!! Anyways, so I looked around at these baby trees and her theory did not sit right with me..if a “mom” tree is supposed to reach out and provide for the baby trees by giving nutrients then why are there a bunch of baby spruce trees growing under oaks? Does the “mom” not have to be the same species of tree? Are the mature oaks providing for these white spruce trees? Now I know, seeds travel by all sorts of ways but it was just a thought I had. I like the concept of trees working together to survive…but I also believe in competition and space with trees all the trees are out to get the amount of sun they need, water, nutrients–why would it compromise its livelihood for a baby tree that may not make it? Her theory is valid and she has much more experience and knowledge then me, but I love the passion others have about trees and learning new things…its all a learning curve for the constant change and new discoveries people uncover!
It is all just so crazy to me, but I love the constant wonder…