Taking items out of their natural setting and into my basement studio is something that I find interesting. This bur oak seedling was a casualty when I recently turned the soil in an area where I put a few new native perennials. I found the miracle of nature working here- the shoots headed for the sun, and the roots headed for the soil. There is so much potential in this little tree- If I plant it again, it could turn oxygen, carbon dioxide, water and nutrients into thousands of pounds of wood. It could host lichens and moss, which in turn host insects and bugs, which are then feasted upon by woodpeckers. It's hard to believe that our massive bur oak started out as a marble-sized seed. There's quite a lot of power in one little acorn.