While I was writing my posts about flowers the past few days, I realized I've been passing up very many interesting things. I like looking at and writing about animals and now flowers and other plants, but there are other related things out there too.
This tree, while it obviously is still a plant, is also something else. It is or was the home of some sort of animal. I've never seen the animal so I'm guessing that this animal home has been long ago abandoned. That doesn't mean it's not interesting though.
This tree has actually inspired two of my fiction stories. The first one was The Little Green Man. This is the tree that the little man jumped into in that story. There is even a snowy picture of the same tree there with the story. Also, without this tree there would be no famous Mr. Nutz. It inspired the story of The Squirrel Strikes Back, the first appearance starring that rascally little squirrel.
So this tree is quite well known to me and also to many of you. Now you know it a little better. This is a good example of how the things around us can stir our minds and inspire our imaginations. I'm sure you have similar objects of your own.
I see this tree every few days. I walk right by it on a nature trail I frequently travel. How many other things do I walk by that I don't stop to look at? Probably too many to count. A tree like this one can be very valuable in ways that we don't consciously think about.
This tree has become one of my best friends, and I didn't even realize it until now. Do you have an object like this that has become a friend or an inspiration of some kind? What is it? What has it done for you?