Place names like Dotson Point and King Farm are almost the only reminders that once there were families living out on the western reaches of the Sewanee Domain. But a short saunter off of the Perimeter Trail not far from King Farm reveals the much-eroded remnant of an old road beside which a yellow-poplar has more recently gotten established. The tree’s unusual U-shape was caused by some accident that resulted in its sending a shoot across the abandoned road and up, presenting as nice a perch as one might find anywhere. Yellow-poplars are easily recognized by their straight, clear trunks. They shoot as fast as they can for the sunlight. If the canopy closes in before they reach it, they can’t survive in the shaded understory.
Come set awhile!