Sept. 1 1998 12:00 AM

There are trees in China that are hundreds of years old. When I traveled through Europe, I also found trees that were very old. I was impressed by the way some trees were preserved.

This particular tree was found on the grounds of a palace. I forgot just where it was, but I was so intrigued by the way they supported this tree to keep its limbs from falling.

I don't think it's unusual for trees to be supported by one or two struts; however, if you look carefully, there are close to a dozen struts or crutches holding up various limbs. Note how the struts have a curved bar on the top so as not to damage the limbs.

In addition to the struts, there is a brick and concrete support for the main branch.