Hiking brings you unexpectant sights, this one an Oak tree is located at the very top of a high bluff on the Galiano Island, the first of a few Gulf islands you pass by ferry from Tawassen Harbour to Vancouver Island. This Oak had toppled down to the ground and the exposed roots had rotted away (see pic 1) probably due to root rot occuring when the tree was still upright. However one strand of root is still intact (hidden by the soil in pic 1) and it has supported the whole tree which is very much alive (see pic 2) except for the dead leader from the base of the trunk(see pic 3). I believe the will of a plant to survive under the most severe conditions often surpasses our human will to survive. This is clearly shown by the Oak adapting to the low water intake due to the reduced area of root-hair surface. Although the growth henceforth is retarded, nevertheless the tree survived against odds. I would like to acknowledge that all the photographs were taken by Mr. Frank Winters, a hiker from another group of hikers.