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Ever wonder what’s in a tall, hollow tree?

Ever wonder what’s in a tall, hollow tree?

Let’s peek inside and find out

Have you ever been on a hiking trail in the woods and found a hollow tree with a gaping hole at the base, and wondered what’s inside? I’m sure that tall, hollow trees like this one are often great habitats for birds, raccoons and all kinds of other woodland critters.

Picture of a big hole in the side of a hollow tree.
Picture of a big hole in the side of a hollow tree.

A big, hollow tree with a large hole in the base. What’s inside?

I must admit, I was a little trepidatious sticking my hand with a camera inside that large opening, but nothing jumped out or screeched at me. As it turns out, at least in this tree, there’s nothing but blue sky shining in from the open top of the tree. In this case, it’s just an empty tube all the way to the top.

Nothing to see here folks. It's just a tall empty shell.
Nothing to see here folks. It’s just a tall, empty shell.

What causes a tree still-standing to become hollow?

Many natural forces can cause the hardwood at the center of a tree to decay and rot away, sometimes leaving a fully living tree. Some of the causes include wind, water, lightning, fire, insects, and bacteria.

Thanks for reading.

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~ Keith

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