Here is one of my all-time favorite stories originally published in 1953 by Jean Giono. Canadian filmaker Frederic Back transformed it into a beautiful animated short-film. A synopsis is really not needed. The story reveals itself. Anyone who loves nature will find this truly inspirational. A must for the forestry profession!
You can watch it for free right here: Movies Found Online
If this doesn't work on your computer order it from Netflix.
PS: as a forester I can't resist the opportunity to comment on the oak tree photo above. The little branch sticking out from the main trunk appears to be a phenomenom called epicormic branching. These are branches that protrude directly out of the main stem instead of at the top of the crown and usually result due to some type of forest disturbance. Epicormic stems can decrease timber value because they produce knots in the wood that otherwise wouldn’t be there.
Sorry, artistic value gets trumped here!