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Root Wash

Root Wash

Despite the seeming handicaps accompanying such an existence, this tree beside Fort Gibson Reservoir thrives while standing atop ledges of bare stone, on a windswept promontory, its biggest roots fully exposed to the air, obviously having been in this circumstance for quite many years. Perhaps having sprouted before the lake was built, the tree has lost all visible soil from its foundation, long ago washed away by a combination of rainfall torrents and the rise and fall of lake levels. Smaller tributary roots do extend down into cracks and edges of the rock, somehow holding the resilient tree in place against Oklahoma's notoriously wild weather, while it drinks from lake water seeping into the sandstone.

5 NE Okay OK (16 Oct 9) , looking SSE