Saturday, August 16, 2008

Old Man Tree One Year Later

Yesterday my brother, seester, Dodgie and I hiked down to the creek bottom on my parents land. Mom and dad live in the middle of 50 acres within the city limits of Columbia, MO. Their house is on top of the hill with fields surrounding it and a pond about 30 feet from the deck. To get to the valley we followed the old covered wagon trail down.

Dodgie standing underneath the same tree you see above.
It was wonderful to come around the bend in the creek
and see that tree still standing in all his glory.

I see a face in the trunk - actually I see Darth Vadar - and though a little more of his face is missing, he's surprisingly intact, considering his precarious position on the side of the creek. Just down a bit to Darth's right there's another sycamore that's fallen down because of storm currents undermining it's root system.

Undeterred, that tree has branches growing out of it's top side.

My brother's photos from yesterday are here!




  1. My picture from the same moment:

  2. It really is amazing that the old tree in your photo seems to be thriving in its' location.
    Just goes to show you how we can become so tenacious in our old age.

    Bear((( )))

  3. ...Gosh I love that tree! That is neat to know that the photo of the ol' tree is right here in my own state - how cool is that?! ;o)

    ...Sounds like you're having a blast! Enjoy!

    ...Blessings from Mizzourah!

  4. I see Darth too ...

    And tell your bro the pix are wonderful

    Glad you got enough of a connection to post ..


  5. so how is your bum foot doing with all that hiking??

  6. That really is the coolest tree I mean really.

  7. 50 acres with a creek in the city limits. Only in the midwest! How lucky, and what a nice walk.

  8. I'm happy to know the "story" behind your banner photo. I've admired it since first discovering your blog. That tree is wonderful!

    Glad you're having a good time!

  9. Wonderful! And we get to see "the tree"....I've always loved that header photo! I posted a "tree man" recently that made me think of it :-) Darth Vader....hmmmm. I can see that. What a wonderful place to live and to visit.

  10. Resilient, huh? And it is huge, too!
    A very nice follow up!
    Cheers, Klaus

  11. I love the pics of your parents' land. I'd love to live there. Well, except for the internet issues!


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