A small tree had taken root on a wallet-sized piece of outcropping on the Gailsville
Highway. Growing on soil-less rock, as strong as any earth-rooted tree, the
five-foot sapling hacked out a life in the cracks of the cliff. Rick Fromann, a
former prison inmate who’d spent his year of post-jail life working for the
state’s highway system, had admired this tree each day he’d taken Exit 16 home.
When the Highway Authority deemed the tree a hazard to the public, Fromman was
torn between following what he perceived as senseless orders, or protecting the
tree he’d considered a hard-luck friend.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER- Ara Hagopian’s debut book “What Happened to Vicky Lee? A Collection of Stories” is out now: http://vickyleethebook.com/