No, we did not alter this aging stump, or the picture of it. The old giant lived in our woods long ago. When the lumbermen came to fell it, they cut notches in the tree to support their springboards. Stumps with springboard slots cut into the sides are still common in the woods, though these days loggers start their cut much closer to the ground.
This photo of loggers using springboards comes from the website of the Canyon Life Museum, located in Mill City, Oregon. The museum is maintained by the North Santiam Historical Society: http://www.linncountyroots.com/canyon_life_museum.htm
I’m not prepared to say too much regarding this old soul in our woods… Maybe some logger cut slanty springboard notches. But how long, I wonder, does it take a tree to die when it’s cut? Is it possible for this to happen after it’s cut?
When I come on a monument such as this, I imagine memories older than mine.
Have you known that feeling of eyes upon you when you’re quiet in the woods?
Recall, then, the Old Ones who used to live here.
They might live here still.