Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

enduring

I think this old Gum Tree shows all the signs of great endurance. Near the base you can see where one of the aboriginal Kuarna people have cut out wood to make a coolamon, a shallow dish for carrying anything from food to a little baby.  Kuarna people lived in this area before the arrival of Europeans in 1836. The tree must have been quite substantial even then. Sections of trunk and also branches have been broken off maybe during storms or times of drought. A tree without endurance simply wouldn’t have survived to this old age.