Four Years Later
I visited Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park in October 2007. One of my favorite images from that visit was of a dead tree on one of the overlooks. I always thought that there was a heroic quality about this tree. Even as the tree has lost its ability to produce leaves and grow, it stood tall against the elements at 3,200 feet above sea level.
Last Monday, July 2, 2011, I visited Skyline Drive again and much to my surprise, I came across the same tree. The surprise was that I recognized the tree and the scene immediately. It was not so surprising that nearly four years later the elements have taken their toll. Still, the tree hangs on and is perhaps even more elegant against the sky.
I think we can all identify with this to one degree or another. Time eventually takes a toll on all of us so I think the lesson is to make the best of things while we can.