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Monday, July 19, 2010

My World Tuesday - Gnarled Trees

Here's a post I talked about a while back, and here it finally is. Our local park, Fox Run Park, has some fields and pavilions in one section. But much of its 400 acres is left in its natural forested state, and some of the trees are very interesting. This first one actually grows down before circling back up.
 The second one has a trunk that splits in two, and from that point up it looks like two trees!
Sometimes the trees make a circle just above the ground, like these two. I wonder if something was on top when the seeds started to grow?
And sometimes the branches grow into the strangest shapes. The first one was almost certainly hit by lightning, and one of the branches then became the main trunk.
This park is a regular part of my world (and Socks' world too), and to see other people's worlds, visit the My World Tuesday site.

27 comments:

  1. love these trees. they all seem to be in such unique stances. that first photo at first glance made me think it was fallen. so neat how it's growing back upward. hope all is well. have a great day.

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  2. Seems as if snow fall on young saplings can make for some very interesting trunk shapes. And sometimes lightning helps also.

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  3. Terrific captures, Al! What beautiful and interesting trees! Love all the different shapes, can't help but wonder what caused it, but what Gaelyn has written about snow on young saplings does make sense! Great post for the day! Enjoy your week!

    Sylvia

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  4. WOW..Such interesting trees. You're lucky to have this marvelous park nearby.

    Happy Tuesday.

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  5. Nature is a quite the artist! And has a great sense of humour. :)

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  6. Great photos of these interesting trees. I esp like the branch that became the main trunk. I also like the light and shadows in these shots.

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  7. Love looking at these photos. I was just admiring some unusual trunk trees (not this dramatic tho) at GG park while doing the AIDS walk.

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  8. Those are like an Japanese bonsai plant, many of which are pines and junipers.

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  9. That second tree looks familiar. Great captures.

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  10. Hi Al
    oggi queste foto mi piacciano molto.
    Interessanti questi alberi... la natura delle volte fà disegni molto particolari :-))
    Buona giornata.

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  11. Interesting trees, I like the shots

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  12. Interesting patterns in nature, they survive come what may.

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  13. These are very interesting trees which makes for a very interesting forest. Wonder how these trees grow to the way it is? Natural artistry... love it!

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  14. You certainly found some really cool trees! I love the last one - it looks like someone tied a knot when the tree was tiny - and it grew that way!

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  15. I like series of trees! So many differently shaped trunks. Very cool. I guess some trees like to take the long way up :D

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  16. Marvelous shots. The trees look magical.

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  17. those trees are very special, as if they are speaking to you.

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  18. Really nice trees. And I love the angle of the photos!
    Wish you a nice evening:-)

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  19. Really nice trees. And I love the angle of the photos!
    Wish you a nice evening:-)

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  20. How poetic an entry. Thank you for this great escape in the middle of the night. Please have a wonderful Wednesday.

    daily athens

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  21. Really interesting trees..
    Nice captured..
    Thanks for sharing my friend..

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  22. Oh, my goodness! Your trees are the most interesting ones around. I love the way they twist and turn!

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  23. fee fi fo fum, I must find out which tree that English man climbed up. I must twist and turn the rest so they don't grow tall to reach my castle.

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  24. These, again, are wonderful--did you notice the tree trunk with the knot looks like a deer looking over its shoulder?

    Lovely lovely!

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  25. Hi Al, I enjoyed your shots of these gnarled trees. They provide a lesson in compensation.

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