|Tree at Holman Vista in Oregon|
The only thing missing this morning was the strong wind that we experienced while we were at Holman Vista. The wind there was normal, given the fact that many of the older trees had shapes similar to this one. The consistent, prevailing winds discouraged tree growth that went into the wind and it was obvious that this tree had lost many branches over time. Yet, this tree continued to live (and grow) in a difficult situation. Clearly, this is not the shape it would have had if its life were less difficult. And, if this tree hadn't been shaped the way it was, I doubt I would have decided to take this particular photograph. The continued success of this tree, despite difficult conditions, is attractive, yet somehow bittersweet. I view this photo and find that it is reassuring and disconcerting at the same time. This tree encourages me and discourages me. It teaches me the values of perseverance in the face of adversity.