This is a close-up of a place on a living oak tree where a branch was removed long ago.
The shapes, textures, and lines evoke an odd sense of beauty triumphing over pain.
Even though the trauma is clearly evident, there is still an abiding affirmation of natural dignity.
As a side note, my comment about beauty triumphing over pain reminds me of a song by a talented young band called Superchic[k].
The song is called "Beauty From Pain."
You can read the lyrics HERE.
When I read the lyrics again, I could almost hear the tree itself singing.