By C. F. Lawrenson
Occasionally on my hikes I have encountered trees whose roots are intertwined, but this was the first time I found two trees of such opposite species so permanently connected. One is a hemlock, which is a conifer, an evergreen with very dark, thick and rough bark. The other, a birch tree, is deciduous and has a very thin, light colored bark. The roots were intertwined in a way that made it appear as if they were holding hands.