Sunday, November 27, 2016

Nature wreaks change at a slow and steady pace

The temperate rainforest of the West Coast is full of huge trees. The deep forest is also home to deadfalls, which slowly decay back into the soil as the great cycle continues. Where a tree is cut or falls, its stump or trunk may become a nurse log upon which a new tree begins its life.

One day this giant cedar will fall across the trail. Already its subtle movements have displaced rocks and exposed the soil that bound them together.

The roots reach steadily for nutrients, and bit by bit the trunk grows heavier. Before too long, this tree may be cut by those who maintain the parks and see its potential for falling. Or a wind might blow it down.

It is difficult to observe life's small daily changes; even so, they continue unceasing.

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