The fly with the mother of pearl wings
Our property was homesteaded before World War ll and one of the survivors of those times was an old Gravenstein apple tree. When we bought the property the forest had reclaimed the land and the apple tree was living among the alders and fir trees. It managed to find enough light to survive though it had grown tall and lean. As we cleared the property one of the priorities was to restore the apple tree.
The tree had been damaged, it looked like someone had taken an ax to it, and almost the entire center of the tree has rotted and now has a hollow trunk. A large split up one side gives a good view of the damage and the rejuvenation process of the tree. It has slowly been healing itself with the bark growing around inside the tree trunk. At the same time the split in the tree is gradually closing. The old ax wound has completely disappeared. Every year now we are thrilled to pick delicious apples off this wonderful survivor.