The inner life of trees

Puppy finally has most of his shots, so we took the opportunity on Sunday to get in a short pre-snow hike near Goose Creek.   We drove over to Kephart Bridge Landing Park and hiked on a short section of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

tree snag

 Since it’s still winter-time (leaf-off mode), it was a great opportunity to check out the basic structure of the trees, without being distracted by the leaves and other vegetation.   I’ve always been somewhat fascinated by gnarled, quirky architecture of tree cavities, especially the old trees that keep on growing year after year, despite being hollow inside.  I also have a fabulous time imagining the bluebirds, bats, raccoons and other critters that might be using these hollows and crevices as their winter homes or nesting sites.

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