This tree spirit has a psychic traffic light system at work. His left eye show the classic 3-hole design for cautioning people to stop, pause or go. He is energetically protecting the entrance to the one-lane covered bridge behind him. He faces a country road that has a descending blind curve that could encourage strangers to go too fast in a dangerous situation.
He guards Smith’s Bridge, originally built in 1839 and restructured several times since. It is one of only three historic covered bridges still in Delaware. This one-lane bridge spans the Brandywine Creek, which meanders through many historic sites in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Smith’s Bridge is located in Wilmington, Delaware. It was hit hard by the historic flood of 2021, which came up over the road and caused damage to the bridge itself. Here’s an image of the bridge, textured with an overlay of the damaged retaining wall.
The retaining wall (right) now sports an abstract painting, etched into years of grey mold by the flood debris as it moved rapidly downstream.
Seen below is one of the historic Colonial Brownstone homes that line this part of the Brandywine Creek.