Sunday, March 12, 2006

Pennypacker Mills, No. 2, Stumps and Roots

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.

9 comments:

San Nakji said...

Roots have always fascinated me too. Sometimes they are creepy, but I am amazed by the power of trees. They are able to move concrete with their roots... Wow!

Pilgrim said...

It's amazing what we can withstand if we are firmly rooted and grounded. Makes me think about Truth.

Tim Rice said...

Hi, san nakji. Roots are amazing and vital to life in so many ways.

Thanks, pilgrim. You make a poignant statement.

Spider Girl said...

Those trees look like they could pick up their roots and walk away. Wild!

There is a kind of tree I saw in Africa, the baobab. They look like they're planted upside-down with their root systems in the air. Quite an interesting reversal.

Crystal said...

Those trees look like they're about to get up and walk! ;-) I always liked fantasy movies like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings because nature is interpreted in such an interesting way.

Tim Rice said...

Hi, spider girl. Don't they though? Just pick up and walk away perhaps like in some fantasy literature. Thanks for your observation regarding the baobab tree. I've seen pictures. They are different.

Thanks, crystal, for coming by. There are so many ways we can look at or imagine nature. It's fun and sometimes scary in a fun way.

Ginnie said...

Oh my! Almost eerie--or maybe would be at night! The 2nd tree (3rd photo) is like a hand on the ground. Amazing.

Tim Rice said...

Hi, ginnie. It is amazing what nature and our minds can lead us to imagine. And I imagine that some spooky stories could originate from photos such as these. :)

tsduff said...

I like seeing that the trees are tenacious and can still live when their roots are deep. I have some very shallow-rooted trees (silver dollar eucalyptus) across the street and they threaten to fall into my yard and on my garage during the windstorms.