Dangerously Daydreaming

"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

One of the first things I noticed when I moved to Dutch Harbor, Alaska when I was fifteen years old was the striking lack of trees.  The winds are so strong that trees don’t tend to survive the hurricane-force storms, called williwaws, that sweep the islands in the winter.  Two hundred years ago Russia explorers came to the Aleutians and brought with them spruce saplings and foxes.  The foxes have take to the island life quite well and multiplied over the years.  But the spruce saplings were less fortunate.  A few have survived and even some of their seedlings have taken root.  On a chilly, autumn day I came across this lonely, little tree during a hike through the tundra.

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4 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

  1. ethelthedean
    September 24, 2012

    I feel like Shel Silverstein could write a book about this tree 🙂

    This is a stunning picture. That peak is just incredible!
    xx

    • Audrey
      September 26, 2012

      I think I have to do another Alaska post tomorrow… You seriously couldn’t take a bad picture out there – it’s wild, it’s beautiful, and it’s breathtaking. Thanks for this, Amiga.

  2. whatimeant2say
    September 24, 2012

    That is an excellent picture, and interesting backstory!

    • Audrey
      September 26, 2012

      The history of the place always fascinates me. I’ve ended up doing multiple high school and college research papers on WWII in the Aleutians, but that’s probably for another post. 🙂 Thank you!!

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