The white cedar can live for over 800 years. Also called arbor vitae, the tree of life, these sturdy trees have set down roots long before Europeans arrived in North America.
The fragrance of cedars freshens the air along the shoreline of Lake Michigan and the forests. Sturdy and straight, the cedar has been able to withstand drought, wind, snow and rain storms. I took this photo on the Door Peninsula of Wisconsin, so named because sailors once called it Death's Door because of the many shipwrecks. Ships have gone down in storms, but not this tree.