By chance, a seed landed on the sun-facing end of 


By chance, a seed landed on the sun-facing end of a tree whose life was cut short by some unknown force of nature. The seed sprouted, and roots reached into damp rotting wood in the center of the stump, anchoring a growth of short, strong shoots with leaves that are soaked in sunshine. Years past a time when these shoots should have grown tall and strong, they remain short, shrub-like.  Stunted, probably, by happenstance of birth on a stump protruding from the clear, cool water of Lake Jocassee, but apparently healthy, hopefully happy, sustained by what nutrients it gathers from a long dead host-tree. How did this random piece of host-wood come to be in the middle of a lake long since cleared of such obstructions? How long will it sustain the life of a sprout which wants to be a tree in its own right? Such are some of the many mysteries and wonders waiting to be discovered on Lake Jocassee, for anyone curious enough to slow down and look.~K 

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