Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lake

Wednesday’s Photos

Anatomy of an Old Tree Trunk

On one of our recent walks along the shoreline of the Arrow Lake my wife and I came across an old trunk of a tree that had been cut down more than 50 years ago. That mighty tree together with thousands of others had to go in order to clear the area for the flooding of the valley. It was a sad time for the many people, who were expropriated and driven off their land by this gigantic BC Hydro project. The venerable old tree trunk I am presenting here today has not lost its  beauty over so many years and I decided to devote the entire post to the natural splendour of  its individual parts. Enjoy.


Well Rooted and Anchored to Last Hundreds of Years


Its Centre Root Washed Free by the Changing Lake Level


Elegantly Shaped Lateral Roots


Its Centre Providing a Frame for a View


Artistic Lines Leading to the Top


  1. amazingtangledgrace · February 6, 2019

    Truly splendor indeed!!!

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  2. Jodi · February 6, 2019

    That is so cool!!

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  3. Nurul Fitri Lubis · February 6, 2019

    Lovely pics to share, Peter. The trees must experience a lot during its life..

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  4. Su Leslie · February 6, 2019

    Beautiful images. And a sad history.

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  5. thecedarjournal · February 6, 2019

    Cool nature artistry.

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  6. Ulli · February 6, 2019

    Lieber Peter, ich finde es immer erstaunlich wie lange sich Wurzeln halten … das sind sehr schöne Bildeindrücke, danke dafür.
    Herzliche Grüße

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    • Peter Klopp · February 7, 2019

      Da hast du recht. Ich habe dieselbe Beobachtung gemacht. Es muss schon besonders widerstandsfähiges Holz sein, was die Wurzeln unter der Erde haben.

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  7. Stella, oh, Stella · February 7, 2019

    If this trunk could speak … tragic beauty … well captured in the Peter Klopp way.

    One question to the expropriations, do people get reimbursed somehow for the loss of their land and houses?

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    • Peter Klopp · February 7, 2019

      Some of the large orchards, which the people lost, would be worth millions today, but then they were only paid a fraction of the true market value of the time. It was a great injustice !


  8. jml297 · February 7, 2019

    What a wonderful post on an extraordinary tree stump and your photos bring its artistry to life!

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    • Peter Klopp · February 7, 2019

      Thank you for the compliment! Very much appreciated!


  9. Amy · February 7, 2019

    Is the trunk rooted into the ground or just standing like driftwood on the beach? Fascinating—a natural piece of sculpture. But it evokes a lot of sadness, not only for this lost tree but the many, many others that were also killed before their time.

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    • Peter Klopp · February 8, 2019

      The tree stump is still rooted in the ground, Amy. Yes, you are right, the thought of all the fallen trees fills our hearts with sadness.

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  10. arv! · February 7, 2019

    Tree trunk conveys the message that memories last longer than the event. Thanks for taking around your neighbourhood. 🙂

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  11. kopfundgestalt · February 7, 2019

    Erstaunlich Peter!

    Und noch erstaunlicher, daß Vandalen dieses schöne Stück nicht zerstörten….

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    • Peter Klopp · February 8, 2019

      Die Vandalen sehen die Schönheit dieser Natur-Skulptur nicht. So laufen sie an ihr Gott sei Dank daran vorbei.

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  12. Des · February 7, 2019

    It’s amazing how much of the trunk is still in existence after 50 years. Funny how there’s some type of beauty in just about everything, even an old tree trunk! You did great job finding it, Peter.

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    • Peter Klopp · February 8, 2019

      Thank you, Des! The beauty of this old tree trunk has a special appeal to me. Many people would walk by without any interest seeing in it nothing but decay, whereas it is for me a symbol of strength.

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  13. Anonymous · February 10, 2019

    Very interesting photos, artistic angles and unique nature creations !

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  14. finbarsgift · February 10, 2019

    Incredible. This trunk looks like an insect! 😁

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