Our Archway Willow

In December of 2009, Mt. Matt was in the middle of a snowpocalypse of epic proportions. Our neighbors were without power for 8 days. She knit me a scarf. I understand she knit a lot of scarves that week.

There were a lot of tree casualties after that storm. Just to get to our barn we had to cut through dozens of fallen trees. We had built a shower platform nestled in the woods. In the summer you could shower there without any screen or curtain and no one could see you. After the trees were gone, we had to rethink that strategy.

Right next to the shower platform were two tall black willows. They were the only two trees like that anywhere on our mountain.

One was a victim of the snowpocalypse in 2009. Flat as a pancake - but now excellent firewood.

The other bent over and became lodged in the ground on the other side of the path creating an archway. We weren't quite sure what to do with it so we didn't do anything.

Today, our Archway Willow is alive and thriving. We'll have to keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't get too heavy, but right now it is doing just fine.

A view of the barn through the archway willow.
It has become one of our favorite things on Mt. Matt - besides, well, everything else.

As a random side note, while I was Googling "black willows," I came across this website - a winery that features a sphynx cat on their wine labels. How cool is that?