Falling Tree

Jan 8, 2019
K. Ouchley

The days of this trees are numbered and she won't likely last the winter.  This prognosis is not arboreal soothsaying but rather the physics involved in supporting upright tons of wood fiber.  Already she cants thirty degrees northwest and half her root system is embarrassingly exposed to all.  Erosion, that hissing wave of gravity-fueled fluid that drags the main channel of the Mississippi River dozens of lateral miles across its floodplain like a writhing cottonmouth, works 24/7 on Bayou D'Arbonne also.  It broke the anchor chains of this overcup oak.

Tree Connections

Jan 7, 2019
K. Ouchley

At the top of my long driveway through a patch of diverse forest that is at least 130 years old, there was a peculiar episode of mortality not long ago. The deaths involved three large trees that, up until the time their leaves withered and transpiration failed, appeared healthy. They all died within a two month period. The victims were within forty feet of each other,and though trees were of three different species -  a white oak, a mockernut hickory, and a southern red oak.

Dendritic Patterns

May 1, 2017
Devin Stein /

Persistent patterns of nature permeate our bodies and our environment, and for the most part go unrecognized by all but the very observant. One ubiquitous design is the dendritic pattern.

Dendritic refers to a shape that resembles a branch tree. It is a pattern that is associated with growth or movement. Consider how the main trunk of a oak forks into large limbs that form again and again into smaller branches and twigs.

K. Ouchley

A saddled horse standing beside a giant eastern cottonwood is the subject of a nitrate-based cellulose negative. It was given to me by the man who took the shot in 1938 while prowling about for ivory-billed woodpeckers in Louisiana's vast Tensas Swamp. 

The tree appears to be nearly as wide as James Tanner's sorrel gelding is long.