The Tale Of The Twisted Tree

The darkened sky hangs ominously overhead as a chilled wind races across the ridges. I can already smell the rain in the damp air. I quicken my pace as the first few drops begin to change the color of the pavement. The old gnarly sweet gum tree seems to reach out to offer shelter for those who pass by it’s grounds. It has stood here on this windy ridge for hundreds of years and witnessed the passing of many generations. There was a time when it was not so tall and strong. A time when the Shawnee hunting parties passed silently by in moccasins. Then came the lumberjacks with axes and saws. But the gum tree was too twisted and crooked for their needs. Then came the farmers whose cattle rested under its boughs. Finally, a workman came with transits and plumbs and cement. With the skills of an architect and the heart of a poet. He fell in love with the knots and twists in the wood. This ancient and weathered tree would be a centerpiece of his creation in the park. As the people came and admired the old tree it felt a new sense of purpose and loved them back. Today it stands on the rim of the New River Gorge and welcomes all who pass down the trail. Including a photographer who sheltered from the rain a few days ago and imagined it’s story. In your travels through the heart of West Virginia take a few minutes to view and enjoy the New River Gorge Bridge at the little park just outside of Fayetteville and stretch your legs under the friendly old sweet gum tree in the park.

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9 thoughts on “The Tale Of The Twisted Tree

    1. Thank you So much ! โค It really means a lot for you to follow all the way to my blog to comment ๐Ÿ˜

      My writings are short for two reasons.

      1. My prep time is very limited because I still have a day job.
      2. Most people today don't really have the patience for a long read.

      My ultimate goal is to transition from my day job to full time photographer/blogger. Once that happens there will be more to read. ๐Ÿ˜€


    1. Thank you Sophia โค With my background in forestry (mostly theoretical. I've never actually worked as a forester) I have a pretty good idea of how old a tree is and the imagination to envision what it may have seen.
      Trees are allegorical of people. We have our roots in history and our branches in the future.

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  1. Your short stories and imaginationโ€”superb!!!! Like what Iโ€™ve told you before, all your experiences have made you a man full of wisdom who could create great reflections through a story pulled out from a gorgeous photo you took. Sooo sooo amazing talent you have, Lloyd. I truly admire that.

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