Fallen Limb

Based on the size of this fallen dead limb, the energy of impact must have been noticeable – and this spot would have been an unhealthy place to have been standing when this limb fell.

 

Fallen limb

Fallen limb

 

Here are a couple of scenarios to consider.

First, imagine that you were a deer munching contentedly on some tender green plants when this thing landed beside you.  In that case, you might still be running.

Second, think of yourself as a happy-go-lucky squirrel jumping from limb to limb, until you chose this dead branch in the canopy.  Shortly after you landed and with a mighty crack, the limb lets go and down you go holding on for dear life.  After that experience, would you take the time to distinguish dead limbs from live ones before you jumped and try to avoid the dead ones, or would you actively look for more dead limbs on which to joy ride?

 

Limb impaled into the ground

Limb impaled into the ground

 

Walking in the woods can be a fun activity – as long as one doesn’t get conked on the head by falling debris.  I guess the moral of this story is to take time to glance overhead on occasion.

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