I noticed this story on TreeHugger.com. It’s about a pear tree that was planted in 1620, and it still stands today, and even continues to bear fruit. (Not the best tasting, they say, but still…..) The tree was already considered ancient in the 1700s! Trees, due to their longevity, become anchors in the flow of history. That’s one of the really cool things about old trees — they’re a physical link back into the past. I recall seeing a giant sequoia stump displayed in Sequoia National Park. It was more than 2,000 years old, and various rings were marked according to historical events that happened when those growth rings were formed: The American Revolution, Columbus sailing to America, the birth of Christ. An old tree really puts things in perspective.