SWF: Grant Woods Tree

Last week we visited Grant Woods Forest Preserve for the first time. It’s another Lake County (Illinois) preserve and probably the second-closest to our home, after Rollins Savanna. It was the first of several beautiful days we had last week, with a gorgeous blue sky and fast-moving white clouds.

We took one of the shorter trails through the woods and came across this tree, which looked to have been struck by lightning.


It was a dramatic scene and I felt bad for the very large tree, which must have been very old at the time it was split. How many sunrises and sunsets did this tree live through? How many years did it reach up towards the sky?


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