This mighty American beech (Fagus grandifolia) came crashing down sometime in late December 2008 or early January 2009 in the park near my house (see this post). I had originally assumed it was dead wood for good, but in July of 2009 when I saw its green leaves I realized that it was still alive (see this post).
Now more than a year after it became horizontal, the beech is still refusing to let go. I took these pictures today as I stood on it while admiring its new leaves.
But trees are supposed to grow vertically. I wonder how long our tree can carry on with its deviant existence.