This is an example of how nature always wins.
This scrappy little oak — I think it is a white oak though the leaves are not quite right, nor is the red — is trying to grow in the area above our dam where we turn our truck around on each visit. The area has stayed mostly open since the builder cleared it, and our periodic visits with the 4WD truck have helped keep it open. But this little oak hasn’t gotten the message. It has sprouted from whatever roots were left behind after the dozer swept through. I’m pretty sure that I’ve applied the loppers to this as well once or twice.
But oaks are persistent, and this one keeps trying. It isn’t directly in the path of our twisting and turning when we get the truck pointed up the hill, so maybe I’ll leave it be and see what it does with itself. At the very least, it can serve as a reminder about the value of perseverance (rising over a lake that will need a lot of perseverance if I am ever to get it to hold water).