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The land of bending birches

04/03/2014
Winter was too much for this birch. Snows weighed so heavy on the tree its trunk is bending its top has arched over the ground. A common sight along Maine highways this winter

Winter was too much for this birch. Snows weighed so heavy on the tree its trunk bent over and  its top arched to the ground. These weeping birch are a common sight along Maine highways this winter

No, it’s not a branch, it’s an entire birch tree bending like a bow at the side of the road.

Jen snapped this picture of me and a wounded birch on Marsh Island, just down the road from the University of Maine campus this week. (Yes, the University of Maine is located on an island).

Weeping birch trees are a common sight this winter along I-95 and other major roads that cut through the Maine forest. The state was hit with several heavy snow and ice storms in February and March. The trees simply aren’t strong enough to hold up the weight and form arches in the ditch.

Perhaps it’s a metaphor for those of us who live in cold weather states: We bend but we don’t break.

I’m eager to see if these trees can use the spring rains and warm sun to regain their perfect posture and sprout green leaves in the summer.

 

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