Later, the ancient huge Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera, Magnolia Family) informed me that She was the Monarch of the Forest. Standing tall, scraping the sky, She told me that She saw the original railroad being laid down in the 1850s. The Tulip Poplar, most decidedly a She, wanted me to know that. As the Reigning Empress, She ordered me to stand tall and stretch to the sky, while keeping my balance. Because I balked at this, the nearby trees told me to hush and listen to Tulip Poplar. After that, I was with Monarch Tulip Poplar for a long time, just standing still. From Her, I learned to be quiet and still.