This oddity was another discovery on our walk through the northeast corner a few weeks ago. See how this tree had been brought down by some cataclysm (what? I wonder) but how one branch of the tree has managed to find the sunlight and get a substantial growth going?
I don’t know how much hope there is for this tree. Its base is tattered and rotting. It will always be weak and highly susceptible to insect infestation. I suspect that the point where this branch joins the “trunk” will be more prone to stress because of its odd angle.
A part of me wants to nurture this unlikely tree. I could prune back the rotted parts, perhaps even open the canopy around it so it gets more sunlight, and otherwise treat it nicely so it feels loved. Maybe even throw a little fertilizer on the ground around it. The tree could continue to grow in this interesting way and be an example of persistence in the face of adversity.
Another part of me wants to cut off the oddly shaped branch and whittle a cane out of it.
Aside: The number of spam comments that have been successfully blocked is quickly approaching the total number of visits this humble blog has had in the last year. I clean out the spam bucket several times a day. Each time it contains hundreds of comments. I could review these to rescue the occasional legitimate comment, but with hundreds to sift through, I generally don’t. Thus I apologize to any of you who may have left a comment that has not appeared. It was possibly deleted unintentionally.