Tree on Tree Action

May 13, 2010 at 9:12 am 2 comments

For Earth Day 2009, I did a blog post entitled “Recycling Bald Cypress Trees“. It shared a number of pictures ranging from little barnacles clinging to cypress knees to comfy looking goose nests to even trees growing on top of decaying stumps.

While kayaking two Saturdays ago, Ryan and I paddled upon another example. Here’s a tree we ran across as Newbegun Creek widened up into the Pasquotank River. It was right near the fancy schmancy residences off Orchard Dr.

Kayaking Sawmill Park - Tree on Tree Action (Marked Up) (By Ryan Somma)
Me By Bald Cypress Tree (Photo by Ryan Somma)

Take a closer look at the boxed section. That’s not part of the bald cypress tree growing up there! Nope– something else entirely has made a home at the apex of that curved branch:

Kayaking Sawmill Park - Tree on Tree Action (by Ryan Somma)
A Tree Growing on Another Tree (Photo by Ryan Somma)

Once again, I find myself impressed by the resiliency of nature and the remarkable venues it chooses to thrive.

P.S. Don’t by any means think this is a unique example! Richard Preston’s The Wild Trees describes impressive ecosystems found in the canopies of the giant redwoods.

Entry filed under: Kayaking, Nature, trees.

Heart in Nature: Knot in Newbegun Creek Tree on Tree Fail – R.I.P. Baby Pine

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. gasstationdave  |  May 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Wow! I’m seeing tremendous parallels to my own life here! You have an acute eye for these neat things in nature Vicky!

  • 2. geekhiker  |  May 13, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    There was a good article in National Geographic about the redwoods a few months back you may want to check out as well…


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