My hubby and his son sat at the base of the tree so that you can get a better idea of it's size.
I loved looking through it's old gnarled branches to reveal it's arthritic like limbs.
It also has a large knot as if it were a tumorous growth. This would be a wood worker's dream to carve a huge bowl with it!
The tree has amazing textured "wrinkles".
The tree is surrounded by old tombstones. I found it quite interesting that they would post the cause of death as on this one. I am unsure how old this stone really is. There were stones that were newer from the 1800's near there. I was surprised to see that some got to be quite old for the time period. A husband and wife lived to be 89 and 87 respectfully, yet their children died at the ages of 6, 8 and 21. It makes one wonder if it was due to illness or accidents.
After our stop there, we went to the other end of town where there is an abandoned track with cars on them that I had wanted to photograph.
They were marked with graffiti and the weathered aging of time. I had even wondered if maybe they had been inhabited at one time as there was wood covering the window areas. It reminded me of The Box Car Children, a book I read in the third grade. It was one of my favorite stories.
The lines, shapes and rust make for an interesting piece of art.