Root systems of trees fascinate me. And walking along the banks of Perkiomen Creek yesterday afternoon at Pennypacker Mills of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania gave me plenty of opportunity to marvel at this part of God's creation. It also demonstrates the power of flood water erosion over time and of the resilience of trees to such erosion.
Both the above and the below pictures are of the same tree. The first one above gives the larger perspective of the tree trunk's environs. Don't fail to note the naturally occurring reflections of the trees from the opposite side of the creek in the waters. The second one below is a close-up of the trunk and it roots reminding me in a strange sort of way of arachnids or intertwining octapi that might be on the move.
The above tree fascinates me because only a few roots seem to be supporting a relatively large trunk. It amazes me that it remains standing. The trunk and roots system below attracted me because of the effect of the sunlight shining on it and because the thought crossed my mind this could be a neat hiding place for a creature either human or otherwise.
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