I thought of "The Giving Tree" story by Shel Silverstein, when I visited the tree that I loved to take pictures of at the park recently. It had been cut down and was still lying nearby.
In its state of dying it is still managing to provide a perch for birds and butterflies.
Pictured are a Song Sparrow, Monarch Butterfly and Eastern Kingbirds on the White Poplar.
An amazing bit of serendipity occurred just this morning, shortly after I took the picture of the Kingbirds. I met a friend who was on his way to pick up the White Poplar. He plans to use it in his work making and repairing rustic furniture. I discovered this after I had already come up with the Giving Tree theme for this blog the night before...