It doesn't look like much, but this fallen oak in Rising Sun, Maryland, was a mute witness of history. During the American Revolution, Lafayette's men camped by and under the Spready Oak, as it came to be called. A cavalry camped under it during the Civil War. I stopped nearby it for lunch just the other day.
In the early 1980s, a windstorm blew over the Spready Oak. It was estimated to be over 500 years old at the time.
Memento Mori -- "remember you must die." Because if you haven't died, you haven't yet led a rich, full life.