A Tree that Tells a Story

When you see a large, old tree whose branches reach out to all sides, spreading out wide rather than reaching mostly upward, you know something about this tree, and about the land it grows on: Even if it is now in the middle of a forest, it originally grew in the open. A tree growing in the open will extend outward, while a tree growing in the forest tends to reach upward. These open-grown trees are sometimes called wolf trees. Here’s one majestic old tree that is now surrounded by woods, but at one time stood alone.