The Unruly

One of the fascinating aspects of the DePauw Nature Park is that one can observe who takes possession of this devastated landscape.
A contender (my favorite) is the Sycamore tree.

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Even while still little, they make gigantic leaves.

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A little older, they begin to show their unruly temperament. This is not a pretty tree for an English Garden. But they show character.

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When mature, they become imposing. Their distinctively peeling bark makes me think of ghosts.

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Right now, they stand mostly isolated, or against the backdrop of the quarry walls.

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But hundreds of little ones are growing, hidden between the shrubs. Let them have this place. They will cause no harm.

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