This tree grows in front of my house, next to the carport. It's the first thing people see when they arrive at the house.
Notice anything odd about it? I call it the Voldermort tree because it has another being growing out the back of it's head. For years it was just a normal Alberta pine, but about a year ago I noticed that some of the branches had mutated. It took me awhile to realize that it was a whole other tree growing out the top of the alberta pine. (I looked under it's skirt :o The trunk goes all the way to the ground.) How it got there I don't know. I couldn't believe a fir had been able to survive long enough without light, growing inside the thick foliage of the original tree, to finally break through the top. I know I need to do something about it, and the longer I leave it the worse it will be for the two trees. I don't think both can survive, and I don't really like either of my options. I can cut down the alberta pine and leave the bare trunk of the new pine with it's weird spray of branches at the top, or I can cut down the interloper and leave a huge hole in the side of the alberta. Firstly, I don't kill things. I don't kill mosquitoes or houseflies or spiders. I take them outside. If I kill something there has to be a good reason, so I don't like the idea of sawing off a healthy tree for the sake of aesthetics. Secodly, it seems as though one would want to reward such perserverance. It seems a shame to kill something that has fought so hard to live. Which is why now instead of a few mutant looking branches, I have an entire extra tree. Sigh.