Disturbing

While there is something endearing about lovers’ initials carved into the bark of a tree, there is something disturbing about the amount of carving on the poor beech trees along the Bear Caves Trail at Allegany State Park. These are just SOME of the carvings from just ONE tree:

American Beech-3a

American Beech-3b

American Beech-3c

American Beech-3d

American Beech-3e

American Beech-3f

Confession time: have you ever carved something into the bark of a tree?

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10 thoughts on “Disturbing

  1. Nope, I’ve never carved anything into the bark of a tree. And if I catch someone doing it on park property, I can guarantee I will write them a ticket and give them a lecture. When it comes to damaging trees I have absolutely no sense of humor.

  2. I recently came across an American Beech tree on the property of the U.S. Capitol Building. The tree was pretty old and like this one– COVERED with initials.

    I’ve never carved anything into a tree myself and probably never will. Though I do have to admit, when I looked over those decades and decades of initials, dates and messages in that tree’s bark, I did find the notion more tempting.

  3. I have never put any carvings on any trees, but have come across the work of those that do on the beech trees in our local Arboretum. It is so sad to see the work of man in a place where we go to get away from the work of man.

  4. Nope, never ever crossed my mind to carve into a tree. Just not into defacing and injuring trees with carvings, property with graffiti, people with tattoos. I know I’m weird! I don’t mind that much when people re-arrange smaller rocks on the side of a mountain to create a heart – that’s not damaging anything.

  5. OK, I’m guilty! But I was 10 years old, the tree was in my own backyard, and I carved the name of my dead kitten buried beneath the tree. That was nearly 60 years ago and the carving is now so faint and distorted I can no longer read it. But as for those who carve on trees in the wild, I hope there’s a circle of hell reserved for them along with litterers.

  6. Absolutely not…. When I was a child, I believed that trees could feel pain as us humans. Frankly I am not sure if they do….but do we know for sure they don’t feel?

  7. Nope, I’ve never carved anything into the bark of a tree. And if I catch someone doing it on park property, I can guarantee I will write them a ticket and give them a lecture. When it comes to damaging trees I have absolutely no sense of humor.

  8. OK, I’m guilty! But I was 10 years old, the tree was in my own backyard, and I carved the name of my dead kitten buried beneath the tree. That was nearly 60 years ago and the carving is now so faint and distorted I can no longer read it. But as for those who carve on trees in the wild, I hope there’s a circle of hell reserved for them along with litterers.

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