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Old Dec 20, 2010, 9:25 AM   #1
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Snapped this on my last hike before the snow fell. Chapel Rock is on the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore up here in Michigan. I have no idea how this tree survived the winter winds for so long. I think the only thing keeping it alive and standing is a couple of roots that span about a 20 ft gap from the rock to the mainland on the back side.

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Thats Amazing Hoff. I wouldn't think it was possible, what a find.
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i have to wonder how the thing ever got that big in the first place, if there's no soil there for it to grow in!
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Hummm who is buried under the tree in white? Oh, never mind that is a hole isn't it? I had to blow it up about 200 % to see that, my bad......Intresting how life clings on in the most precarious places. Nice! Frank
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Hummm who is buried under the tree in white? Oh, never mind that is a hole isn't it? I had to blow it up about 200 % to see that, my bad......Intresting how life clings on in the most precarious places. Nice! Frank
Yea, underneath the tree is actually a large opening. The top slab of rock and the tree are held up by four or five natural rock pillars.


Here's another shot showing the back side

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Wow the tenacity of that tree is astounding.! Thanks for the back shot Frank
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