To kick off the new year, we went for a walk, in a park on the Hudson River. I was taken with the gnarled intrepid trees along the shore, unprotected from the elements and showing it.
This battered, misshapen tree was magnificent ... and then we noticed the hole in the side.
Not only was the hole nearly the entire diameter of the tree, you could see straight through.
Naturally, I took a picture looking back out.
Though assaulted, the tree stands. There is hope in the future.