I've walked by this tree hundreds of times,
but I never took notice of the cuts in its trunk
until a couple days ago. After I'd taken a couple pictures of it,
I questioned myself about why I'd just then paid any
attention to the saw marks. Was it the way the sunlight
fell on the tree, accentuating the grid cut into its gnarly base?
Some years back, the parks department installed
a paved jogging path around the perimeter of our
neighborhood park. The root of the tree must have interfered
with man's plan for the asphalt path, so the lines were cut
to inhibit its growth. Maybe. I'm just speculating.
The tree is doing just fine, though.
Man's plan -- thwarted.