Continuing my tree stump collection, they are just as interesting as complete trees. This one is usually submerged (first time out of the water since the 1960’s) and still had some of the bark in the hollows. An old sugar maple, the bark looked more like fish skin than anything else. The root system is one sided because it was growing on the side of the road (in the water), so the roots curved back and away from the compaction. This was exacerbated by growing on a bank, so the roots also curved to lock more securely into the soil. The roots heading into the road are also shorter and thinner than those away from the road.