If The Eucalyptus Survived….

Fallen Eucalyptus Tree, as seen on a hike up McNee Ranch State Park, Pacifica, California, Fall, 2013, photo credit (c) Likeitiz

Fallen Eucalyptus Tree, as seen on a hike up McNee Ranch State Park, Pacifica, California, Fall, 2013, photo credit (c) Likeitiz

We chanced upon this almost horizontal eucalyptus tree while hiking up the unpaved fire trail on McNee Ranch (also called Montara Mountain) State Park recently.  It could have been struck by lightning or uprooted by strong gusts of wind that these parts are  known for.

Although the tree has obviously fallen, it has continued to thrive thanks to whatever remaining roots it had that still grabbed on to the soil deep underneath where it lay.  Over time, it looks like it sprouted fresh branches that have grown vertically along its trunk.  The leaves looked healthy and the branches were sturdy and tall.

I was struck by the tree’s triumph over such intense adversity.  I am reminded of a fellow blogger’s plight as he struggles with past crises and its aftermath.

This post and image are dedicated to fellow blogger, Twindaddy of stuphblog.  I am rooting for you, sir.  

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18 Responses to If The Eucalyptus Survived….

  1. Somehow the tree reminded us of the many times we’d fallen but because of of the nourishing love, support and inspiration we thrive. Wonderful post. A blessed All Saint’s Day/Souls day to you.

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  2. munchow says:

    Quite a tree, and I like the way you have captured it. The blurry feeling and the colour palette accentuates its struggle to survive. Very nice.

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  15. kansa muse says:

    I like those trees. The monarchs really like them too. They have shadow roots, due to being a more desert type of tree, so after a lot of rain and wind they sometimes blow over.

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  16. They are amazing trees – all the gum trees in our recent bush fires will regenerate within a couple of years with bits of green coming off all over the trunks.

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