The other day I was walking in the woods that occupy a third of my yard for the first time in a very long while, and I came across this tree. I’m not sure when it fell. I’m leaning most strongly towards Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The other possibility is a waterspout that came on land in our area a few years later. What really interests me, though, is what the tree did after it fell. Apparently the half of the roots that stayed in the ground were enough to keep it going. Three limbs in the middle, and one at the end, have grown straight up and are now spawning new branches of their own, looking like four new trees. It got pushed down in a rough moment, but it adapted and persisted.