A Foggy Morning, Part 5

After leaving the river's edge and the fog, I headed back to the car and out along the parking lot to River Road. The stark brightness of the newly exposed wood of the tree caught my eye. I had to investigate.
As I approached the tree, I had to stop for a moment to consider it and it's fall. What finally caused this tree to fall when it did?

How loud was the sound of it's collapse, and was anybody around to hear it?
Only when the last tree had died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money. - Cree Indian Proverb
"There are rich counsels in the trees" - Herbert P. Horne
I love the colors in this pseudo cross-section of the tree.
It is now one week after I visited this tree for these photos. The entire area is under water with the spring flooding currently happening along the Wisconsin River. I now wonder what will be left when the flood waters recede.

The fall of one tree will impact many others around it. In this next photo below, the large tree fell onto a young tree that bent right back to the ground without breaking. It was one of several young trees that the large fallen tree was laying on and bending back to the ground.

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." - Nelson Henderson
The reflections in this small pool of water were mesmerizing.

"Trees outstrip most people in the extent and depth of their work for the public good." - Sara Ebenreck, American Forests

"The oaks and the pines, and their brethren of the wood, have seen so many suns rise and set, so many season come and go, and so many generations pass into silence, that we may well wonder what 'the story of the trees' would be to us if they had tongues to tell it, or we ears fine enough to understand." - Author Unknown, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren, 1938
This is probably one of my favorite photos of this tree.
Many thanks to The Quote Garden.