Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lake

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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.

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Well Rooted and Anchored to Last Hundreds of Years
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Its Centre Root Washed Free by the Changing Lake Level
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Elegantly Shaped Lateral Roots
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Its Centre Providing a Frame for a View
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Artistic Lines Leading to the Top

29 Replies to “Natural Splendour of the Arrow Lake”

    1. 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 !

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  1. 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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  2. 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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    1. 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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