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Can’t see tree for the forest…

I’ve got nothing of interest (seems to be a lot of that going around lately), so I’ll just leave you with a series of photos. See if you can figure out why I thought they were worth taking…


If this had been real life you would have seen immediately why I thought it was interesting, it’s only because the photos are one dimensional that it’s hard to see. Melissa sort of came the closest by saying what it looked like but wasn’t (huh?)…

This first picture puts it in context, yep it’s a tree fallen in a paddock. What’s a bit harder to make out is that the tree-line in the background is about 500 metres (or yards for those metrically challenged) away. The fallen tree, and the one next to it are the only ones in that part of the paddock, and have been left there for shade

So now, looking a little closer. You can just make out the green both underneath the fallen tree and behind it, that shows the gap between the fallen tree and the tree-line. At the right of the photo is the best view of the grass. Again, the camera has foreshortened the depth of field.

Finally, if you now look at the fallen trunk itself, you’ll notice that those trees in the background are actually branches of the fallen tree that have grown perpendicular to the trunk, making them look like trees in the background. The best way to see it is by following the trunk to the left of the photo, there you see that they are growing way above ground level.

What I found interesting was how nature adapted to a changing environment, there are no branches whatsoever growing below the trunk, yet there are a heap on the top. That in itself is pretty amazing, given that branches normally sprout all around a trunk. And if you think about it, the branches (which are doing quite well) are on the opposite side of where the capillaries that are still intact, i.e. the trunk is snapped on the side facing up.

It wasn’t until I posted these pics that I realised how deceptive they were (I wasn’t trying to be tricky), in real live it’s as plain as the nose on your face.