As I walked my place for the last time this semester, I noticed how beautiful it was even when it looked so barren. Despite the roaring wind coming off of the lake, there was a bit of respite found within the trees. There were a few berries remaining on some bushes and leaves on very young trees. Something that I noticed was that all but one of the paper birch trees that I noticed in my place were fallen over. Also, there was an enormous cottonwood tree that I could see was being eaten away by the lapping lake slowly but surely. Finally, I noticed that the metal barrier making up the exterior of the land mass was constantly beaten by waves and it was beginning to bend under the weight of the Earth.