A giant lumbered through here, towered over the trees and pushed many of them aside as he went. That's what I imagine as my husband and I hike the Hilltop Trail in Breadalbane, Prince Edward Island.
The trees are broken or cracked, some even toppled from the roots.
There is an abundance of firewood though it is not easily accessible. Therefore nature is doing the work of decomposing the old wood. Slow and steady, season to season, decomposition of the old trees progresses.
The trail runs along by the Dunk river. There is a picnic area on the bank of the river just below the trail. Looking down, it looks like the giant has placed tables for us to use or will we be served for dinner?
In places where the sunlight can reach the forest floor, young trees are growing, renewing the old forest. Such trees will eventually replace all the dead wood which nature reclaims.
An old shed across the Dunk River looks like the giant put his foot down through it. Nothing escapes his destruction when he is trudging through this forest.
We hope never to meet him on the trail.