Vulnerability

Uprooted, Part Four: A Different Storm

Uprooted, Part Four: A Different Storm

Seeing a giant maple tree I’d known my whole life snap and fall in the wind storm rattled me. I didn’t think it make sense that something that big and strong could go down so suddenly. My unease was compounded by learning that hundreds of thousands of trees were down and that power outages had surpassed Maine’s historic Ice Storm of ’98. 

What I thought about in Part Two is that wind and trees have been dealing with each other for millions of years; well before humans got in the middle with telephone poles, wire lines, and “property”. Thinking about this wind storm in the context of trees’ 370 million years of existence and survival on the planet made me more objective. Nature has a tidying process. I might have over-reacted in Part One by describing the uprooted trees in my backyard as “crime scenes”. 

Even with perspective and power restored, I still had a lingering sense of vulnerability triggered by the events of this storm.

Uprooted, Part Three: Brain Reacts

Uprooted, Part Three: Brain Reacts

In Part One of this four-part blog series, I wrote about how curiously shaken I felt by a recent wind storm that uprooted and snapped trees across Northern New England and left behind a historic power outage. In Part Two, I looked to Mother Nature and a book by forester Peter Wohlleben for answers and found common sense explanations as to how and why the fallen trees were so vulnerable to the wind.

That helped me understand their vulnerability, but it didn’t help explain my heightened sense of vulnerability.