Mt. St. Helens’ Hummocks Trail Adventures Part 4

Shipwrecked Trees

TWO TREES – like shipwrecks with tales of treasure and tragedy – grabbed our attention along the Hummocks trail. Their splintered trunks looked like they had been captured by a giant hand, and stabbed into the soil with reckless abandon.  What happened here?  Did these trees grow in this odd position?

 

Shipwrecked Secrets

A tree’s tale — Snapped like tiny twigs in the superheated blast that roared from Mt. St. Helens, May 18, 1980,  these shattered trees lay helplessly on the forest floor.  Scooped up by the monstrous landslide from the mountain, these trees were tumbled and tossed like ships on a tumultuous sea — until they were finally “shipwrecked” – land locked into  their new “home.”

 

A Sad Story?

This sounds like the end of the story — HOWEVER — these scorched snags provided food, shelter, and a jump-start on a new life for the desolated landscape!

 

“…To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”                                
    Isaiah 61: 3

Adventure to be continued…

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