bullet in tree

The Bullet in the Oak Tree

Posted November 18th, 2020

This image shows a bullet that was found in an oak tree at Culp’s Hill in Gettysburg National Military Park. The tree was believed to be 100 years old when it was hit by the bullet in the civil war battle of 1863.

What I love about this image is that the tree absorbed the bullet and then continued to grow for over 150 years. The bullet didn’t leave the tree, but the tree healed itself around the bullet over time. From the outside, there was no physical sign of the bullet hitting the tree and the bullet was always there, but the tree had learned to live with the bullet and continue to grow.

When I see this tree, I can’t help but compare it to humans. There are times when we all suffer pain, and it can often feel overwhelming and extremely damaging. But much like this tree, given time and a chance to heal, we can all overcome adversity. It may leave a scar and we’ll always carry it with us, but it can be absorbed, and we can continue to grow.


– Andrew Wood, Managing Director – Trainer Bubble


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