My Favorite TreeJuly 9, 2012 @ 11:48 am (Updated: 12:22 pm - 7/9/12 )
A lot of people cite the ocean or forests or mountains as their favorite spots in nature.
For me, I don't think there's any place most awe inspiring than river canyons.
I've rafted and kayaked on rivers in Idaho and Colorado and am always awestruck by the barren starkness of those river canyons and gorges that I've floated through. For me, there's no place more beautiful. And I also find those areas to be great spots to just think... spiritual, even.
And so, last week, every early morning I would zip up the Columbia River and then take a long float back. And that's where I would see...
My Favorite Tree
There's about a two mile stretch of gorge where the hillside is quite barren. Nothing but brown brush and rock. But in the middle of all the emptiness is one single tree.
How did it take root when no other tree was able to do so? How many millions... billions... of seeds have floated down the canyon wall or blown across that river only to meet futility against a rock wall?
But one tree succeeded where all others failed. It has no doubt been there for decades or scores of years. It survived where all others failed.
I think that's a really cool tree.
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