October 2014 Trees Revisit

Having been gone from home much of October, we missed the tropical storm remnant

that dumped 10 to 15 inches over the region in just a couple of days.  Another rare event!

Once home from travels, my first outdoor foray was to go and check on my tree,

no longer dancing together, but one in particular still living and doing well --or so I hoped.

There are two trails that lead to the area where my once dancing trees once lived.  T214 and T68.  Where they meet is where my trees were(are) located.

T214 is very much overgrown in places, and at one point the weeds were so high that I missed the rock-cairn marker and ended up trying to keep from getting all scratched up while needlessly barging through this thorn-rich vegetation:

The damage to Trail 68 was physical in some places like here, where a little rock bridge is completely gone, but crossing the creek is still not a challenge:

And a little upstream there was damage where a more substantial rock bridge is now gone:

 

Crossing here is also not too difficult, requires just a bit of a scramble is all, and knowing that the trail is in the tall grass behind the tree on the other side of the creek-bed:

A usual reason for hiking in October is seeing fall foliage.  On these trails there is very little fall color because many of its trees are evergreen:

I have shown you a photo from T214 and several from T68, but have showed you nothing about where these two trails meet, which is very near from what were my dancing trees.  So let's take a look there now.  This is the neighborhood, where T214 crosses the creek just before meeting T68:

And this is our lone dancer, standing still but very much alive:

The latest flooding has pushed more flotsam over the dead tree that was its dancing partner at one time:

But look at those flowers!  Almost as if a funeral has recently been held and the bouquets are still here to cheer up the lone survivor of these rare and devastating events: one major fire followed by two floods--

           

In spite of all the destruction in every direction, our lone dancer stands tall and healthy as it looks down at the flower display below it:

                                            

Every living thing has its time.

No one can predict that time.

New life replaces what is lost.

All in all: Life is good.  

Keep dancing!

   See the dancing trees before the fire and floods here.

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