Posted by: Ross Gardner | February 5, 2014

Trees that refuse to die

There are a great many reasons to like trees.  They look nice and they are rather important in terms of making life on earth biologically tolerable – there are two reasons right there.  Another reason, which a recent visit to Felbrigg Park in Norfolk raised once again to my attention, is a tenaciousness bordering on the belligerent.  The characteristic of those trees that we see in the woods, wrenched from the ground by a gale-force wind, whose response is simply to send branches up at 90 degrees from the prone trunk, making the most of the few roots that remain in the ground.  Or those old veterans who have all but had their hearts ripped out, yet year on year continue their centuries long vigil over the landscape.

With such thoughts in mind a few trees caught my eye at Felbrigg……

Decapitated, but still going strong.  Ross Gardner 2014

Decapitated, but still going strong. Ross Gardner 2014

Down but not out.  Ross Gardner 2014

Down but not out. Ross Gardner 2014

A strong, fine tree, regardless of the gaping scar.  Ross Gardner 2014

A strong, fine tree, regardless of the gaping scar. Ross Gardner 2014

 

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