The Elephant Man Tree

The Elephant Man Tree

Strangely compelling,
bulbously beautiful,
an old soul
born before our time.
Freak of nature to loggers
not worth a dime
to butt cut a cull or conk rot
past its prime;
however, invaluable
habitat and home
to more
sensitive flora
and fauna.

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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20 Responses to The Elephant Man Tree

  1. I’ve seen such trees. And, while they slightly offend my aesthetic sensibilities, I do realize they are lucky souls in a forest of worthy-to-cut straight-grained cousins.

  2. Wow,, beautiful in a strangely compelling way. I love trees…in all their shapes and forms. I’ve never encountered a specimen such as this yet i find it speaks to me. Thank you for sharing.

    • You are most welcome, Melanie! And thank you for your kind and sensitive words for this old soul of the trees. Hope you are having a great day, my friend!
      Tyler 🙂

  3. wordshereandthere says:

    Reblogged this on snehafatehpuria18.

  4. Gallivanta says:

    Certainly a great home for lots of creatures.

    • Yes! To name a few….squirrels, chipmunks, woodpeckers, black-eyed juncos, owls, lichens, moss, ferns, beetles….and many more! What wonder on display in this diversity, even a dead snag is a showcase of life 🙂

      • Gallivanta says:

        Juncos;I like the look and sound of that word.

      • Haha! Yes, Juncos do have a very poetic name, don’t they? I’ve always been fascinated by them. I remember in college when my roommate and I turned in a paper for our Animal Behavior class that studied the forest habitat preference of Juncos across different burn intensities. However, we played a joke on our TA and replaced the word ‘Junco’ with ‘Rubens’ throughout the body of the paper. At the time, I was taking an art history course in Baroque Art and my favorite artist was Peter Paul Rubens. It took our TA about 3 minutes to finally figure it out. We had quite a laugh about it before turning in the corrected version! Human nature, as with Nature, must keep us on our toes at all times 🙂
        Tyler 🙂

      • Gallivanta says:

        Glad your TA had a sense of humour!

    • Thank you for re-blogging my poem and photograph! I really appreciate this kind gesture. We seem to be of the same mold, placing Nature at the forefront of our thoughts. Keep up the inspired work on your blog, my friend! Hope you are having a good day 🙂

  5. Reblogged this on The ancient eavesdropper and commented:

    Old trees truly fascinate me, especially burl-emblazoned beauties like this one…

  6. This reminds of of Children’s Literature classes reads, Leaf Man? This tree is so mysterious like nature can be. Thanks for sharing, Allie

    • You are most welcome, Allie, and thank you for your thoughtful comment! I’ve never read Leaf Man, but it sounds like something I would be interested in, so I will look it up. Trees are the groundswells of our dreams, old souls beautifully encompassing our world. Hope you have a wonderful day and keep blogging to your heart’s content 🙂

  7. Awesome poem and what an unusual yet beautiful tree, so unique.

    • Thank you, Dom! Nature continues to inspire my mind’s eye. Not a day passes where I am not blow away by seemingly mundane things. In this case, my inspiration was more obvious 😉 Hope you are having a great day, my friend, and keep up the excellent poetry on your blog!
      Tyler 🙂

  8. Reblogged this on Добро дрво and commented:
    Još jedna pesma…

  9. words4jp says:

    how cool is this – I love these unique trees – all trees are unique, but I see the ones without leaves as being more so. There is so much more to them than what is on the surface.

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