E.J.Wilkins

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Beech Roots

The roots of a huge Beech tree at Buckland Rings. The tree is growing on the top of one of the embankments. Over time the surface soil, which is almost pure sand, has been washed away and left this rather amazing maze of roots for all to see.

The Buckland Rings is an Iron Age Hill Fort, near Lymington in Hampshire. It's the only low-lying hill fort in Europe, although it would have protected a river crossing and a trade route for sea salt. There is a little more information about the place - here -

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Beech Roots

The roots of a huge Beech tree at Buckland Rings. The tree is growing on the top of one of the embankments. Over time the surface soil, which is almost pure sand, has been washed away and left this rather amazing maze of roots for all to see.

The Buckland Rings is an Iron Age Hill Fort, near Lymington in Hampshire. It's the only low-lying hill fort in Europe, although it would have protected a river crossing and a trade route for sea salt. There is a little more information about the place - here -

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comments (18)

  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 3 Apr 2007, 00:15
Interesting info, learned something else about trees smile

Suby
EJWilkins: Thanks Suby ... we'll get you hooked on nature yet wink
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Apr 2007, 01:06
I love this picture. When exposed, root systems can be even more interesting than the other end of trees. You have a great angle for this shot. I wonder if something lives in the burrow?
EJWilkins: Thanks Ray. I've tried taking so many pictures of roots, but this is the first that's ever 'worked' .. if you know what I mean?
There are rabbits there, so perhaps they started burrowing and the weather has done the rest.
  • sparklite
  • Toronto, Canada
  • 3 Apr 2007, 01:18
Hi Ellie, sorry for the lack of comments these days. I'm swamped until the end of the week! Then i'll be back more! I've cued up photos all week so I don't have to worry about it!

This is a cool shot, the shadow details are great. I wonder what creature has made its home in there smile
EJWilkins: No probs Iain, we all have real lives. Too much to do, not enough time to do it all. Good to see you any time. smile

I think the hole may have been started by a rabbit, the weather possibly did the rest.
I wonder how old the tree is...it seems like it's ancient. Great shot!
EJWilkins: I'd think it's well over 100 years old Kay, possibly nearer 200 from its girth. smile
  • Robs
  • 3 Apr 2007, 02:42
Did you see any little gnome coming out from there? Very nice shot, it lets you see what happens under the ground, when you are not usually able to see it wink
EJWilkins: I'd hoped to see a Hobbit wink
Interesting! Thanks for sharing this. I wonder wwhat animals live in that cave. That's bound to be prime real estate around.
EJWilkins: I think it was probably started by a rabbit, then the weather/rain etc made it bigger. I don't think anything would do more than shelter there now, too big and too open.
  • urban8
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • 3 Apr 2007, 06:31
Strange image, Ellie, what's left to keep the tree upright?!?
(And thanks for sponsoring Bernie's race for Life too - she really appreciates that!)
EJWilkins: To the other (right) side of the tree the ground is almost level, sloping slightly upwards and then down again for a total of about 100 yards. It's difficult to judge the distance because there aren't any straight lines. This is one of the steepest slopes/embankments of the rings, I would imagine it's so they could defend the centre.

Good luck to Bernie. smile
I hope she raises loads of money, and that her treatment isn't too distressing. She'll win.
  • dafredo
  • the bar
  • 3 Apr 2007, 06:59
very good one Ellie, you did here a very good framing
EJWilkins: Thanks Dafredo smile
Talk about tracing your roots !! A stunning photograph
EJWilkins: Glad you like it Shakara smile
Fantastic picture, Ellie. I am speechless with the wonder of nature and how you have captured it.

Have you seen a book by Thomas Pakenham called Meetings with Remarkable Trees? It is a very large format book, full of lovely photos of trees and this is without doubt equal to those.
EJWilkins: No Sheila, I haven't seen the book but I'm rather chuffed to think this is equal to anything that's in print. Thank you so much. smile
Sorry I haven't been visiting lately, I have a lot of personal issues at the moment and no time to browse all photologs, sorry again, I will be back.
EJWilkins: Don't worry about it Chantal, family must always come first. smile I hope things work out OK. I'm really grateful you've managed to spare a precious moment, thank you very much.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Apr 2007, 12:12
Angle, composition and everything = great.
EJWilkins: Thanks Louis smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 3 Apr 2007, 14:31
This is exactly the feel of what I like about Nature, Ellie, and where I would choose to spend a day. Trees talk to me like that! On a sunny day I need their shade. I feel safe and cozy here.

Now, maybe the bunnies will come out and play? smile
  • chris p
  • Half past the big hand!
  • 3 Apr 2007, 20:51
Reminds me of the scene in Flash Gordon where they have to place their hands in the tree roots - Timothy Dalton and Sam err somebody? grin
  • Jimbo
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 3 Apr 2007, 22:50
It's very strange indeed, Ellie, that you should upload this image on the same day I chose for 'The same old knobbly tree' pver at my photoblog. Yours is much more mysterious, and not a little bit scary. I can just imagine it on a dark misty night, when it would take on something of the character of the strange tree in Dickens's 'Great Expectations'. We really are so insignificant when compared with the wonders of nature!
Strange effect by these very well caught roots, that remember the composition to me of Pedro! http://pedropareja.shutterchance.com/photoblog/65815.htm
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 4 Apr 2007, 23:13
ah you've found hobbit land. lovely find ad i like how you filed the frame with thetree ellie.
Quite interesting. I like the perspective of the shot.

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