I went to see my friend Beechy Keen over at the old Pennsylvania Oral School campus (now the Patriots Resource Center): a fagus sylvatica no less than 120 years old.
Dripping from a light rain had created rivers flowing down the trunk, emphasizing the wounds and pathologies of its many years (figure 1). A closeup of the most time-ravaged part of the bole suggests that Beechy is well into the closing phases of its life (figure 2).
Nikon Z 7ii, Nikkor 24-200/f4-6.3. 33 mm f/8, ISO 640, 1/80 s. Post in Apple Photos.