The Sacrificial Leaf

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The trees in the background are mangrove trees.  It’s a tree I’ve read about but never seen.  Their roots dig right into the saltwater.  A guide explained to me that for the mangrove tree to survive in saltwater, they funnel all the salt they take in through their roots, and deposit it onto a single, sacrificial leaf, that then withers and falls off the tree.

I know a leaf is not a person.  A leaf is a leaf.  But I find that explanation touching all the same.

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