Tree Thursday


Have not shared a picture of our favorite tree – our Tree of Life – in a while.

An arborist told us something about the tree that we had not known. Early in its life, the tree had been almost been killed by a direct lightning strike. Separate sections of the split trunk began competing to become the dominant trunk of the tree. Usually, one branch will overshadow, literally, the other branches and become the main trunk. In this case, the open field allowed each of the branches to have all of the sunlight and nutrients it needed so that they all became trunks. Thus, over the decades, each of the splinter trunks have become sizable trees in their own right and, together, they have formed this magnificent tree.

Somehow, that story makes our Tree of Life name that much more meaningful.


  1. houndstooth on July 12, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I love the story of the tree! That does make it more special! 🙂

  2. Lorenza on July 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Sure it is a very special tree!
    Kisses and hugs

  3. KB on July 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I love the story of your tree – it does make it even more special!

  4. Huffle Mawson on July 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    That’s very interesting! How cool that it survived a lightning strike.

  5. Stella on July 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    So that is why that tree is so beautiful and such a perfect shape.

    Good story, Herd!


  6. Steve & Kat on July 12, 2012 at 9:30 am

    That is really neat. It’s a pretty symmetrical tree for being split down the middle!


  7. Carolyn on July 12, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Now that I look at it I can see the different parts – wow, never noticed that before. Very unique!

  8. Ice 'n Ayla on July 12, 2012 at 6:48 am

    No matter what made the tree grow the way it did, it IS a beautiful tree, and looks like it could provide shade and protection to the whole THUNDERING HERD if need be. Me’n Ice would LOVE to have a tree like that in OUR back yard!

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