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The wisdom of the olive tree
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009
Last night we visited one of the oldest olive trees in the world. It might possibly be the oldest one, except no one really knows how old it is. Best guess is about 3,000 years. Branches from this tree have been made into the wreaths awarded to Olympic marathon winners.
I don’t know much about how olive trees grow, but this particular tree has a very distinctive trunk.
After years of gripping the ground through weather and time, the tree's knotty outer trunk has twisted around itself. But as it has done so, a hollow center has developed in its heart. You can actually see into the trunk itself. And the strong Cretan wind blows right through it.
The ancient tree remains rooted by being open to the wind.
(Here's a photo.)
Posted by Aimee Moiso