Fallen Sentinel

No longer the guardian of the Wood…he is returning to the earth…from whence he came….

24 responses

  1. Victoria

    Great image.

    August 5, 2012 at 6:42 am

    • Thank you, Victoria.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:52 am

  2. very nice shot

    August 5, 2012 at 6:43 am

    • Thank you, Shimon.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:53 am

  3. That is quite a root ball. Ages from now, when all traces of the tree are gone, you’ll still be able to see the mound of soil that fell from the roots. This mound is called a “pillow,” and the hole that was made by the removal of all that soil is called a “cradle.”

    August 5, 2012 at 7:12 am

    • Those are new terms in this context, Allen…thank you. I will have to look for those signs when out in the woods again. It might not be too clear in this picture after the processing, but that large mass to the right of the fallen tree is actually the lower half of the tree, not a root ball. The upper portion broke off and the lower 10-15 feet of trunk is remaining upright with a cloak of dead branches around it….

      August 6, 2012 at 6:58 am

      • Oh….I see it now that you point it out. I guess I immediately thought it was a rootball because I’ve seen some big ones. The terms pillow and cradle are from a book called “Forest Forensics” by Tom Wessels. If yo have a chance, it’s an interesting book.

        August 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm

  4. Are you sure that is not P. Bark, the ruthless pine dictator that was finally taken down in the forest spring? I don’t think he was so much a guardian as a brute greedily keeping all the sunlight for himself even as struggling saplings sought to mature under him,

    Good riddance, I say!

    But if it’s not P. Bark, then . . . so sad.

    August 5, 2012 at 8:41 am

    • I’m pretty sure it’s not P. Bark, Emilio…I heard some whisperings among the Quakies that they were happy to know that he had fled the country a couple of years ago…there was some pretty intense mourning still underway when I passed this beloved and fallen guardian…it appears that he will be greatly missed, though not forgotten, as he remains there among them…and lives through them in his elemental form…. Thank you. 🙂

      August 6, 2012 at 7:02 am

  5. Great shot – and finishing Scott — and I happen to LOVE your words here!!!

    August 5, 2012 at 9:52 am

    • Thank you, Robyn…so glad you enjoyed the image and words. 🙂

      August 6, 2012 at 7:03 am

  6. Echoes of a recent post of mine… any glyphs this time? The surroundings are quite different, but the theme the same. It’s the root balls I find the most fascinating.

    August 5, 2012 at 11:51 am

    • Echoes of it, yes, MIss Gunta…and no glyphs on this one; I typically see them on the Aspen with only an occasional marking on the pines/firs.

      What appears to be a rootball in the photograph is actually the lower 10-15 feet of trunk with a heavy covering of branches masking it….

      August 6, 2012 at 7:07 am

      • So, the broken end of the remaining stump is at the very top edge of the shot? The intricate jumble of branches is a bit disorienting, but I think I see it now. I seem to be programmed to see entire trees with root balls intact, but stripped bare, out on the beach. Aside from defining what’s what here, the shot and processing are great to get lost in. 😉 Your usual fantastic work here.

        August 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

        • Yes, it is, Gunta…maybe I should have allowed more space for that to be more easily understood. I agree that the intricate jumble of branches is a bit disorienting…it’s what caught my attention with the whole broken mess. And yes, your downed trees are usually scrubbed clean by the time they make it to your shoreline…beautiful pieces of work all by themselves. Thank you for your words…. 🙂

          August 7, 2012 at 5:36 am

  7. Love the toning in this, Scott

    August 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    • Thank you, Andy…it seems to go well with the setting.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:09 am

  8. very nice shot and some very nice processing Scott. 🙂

    August 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    • Thank you, Chillbrook. 🙂

      August 6, 2012 at 7:10 am

  9. Wonderful. I love the tones. The image sets the imagination working.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:02 am

    • Thank you, Meanderer…there could be some nice stories lurking nearby. 🙂

      August 6, 2012 at 7:10 am

  10. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    Awesome! The image does indeed set the imagination working… Patty

    August 6, 2012 at 11:28 am

  11. The subtle touch of colour is very effective, Scott.
    What a root system!

    August 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    • Thank you, Karen…and I think I might have processed or framed the photo better somehow…that apparent root system is actually a remaining trunk that is covered by a shroud of branches….

      August 8, 2012 at 7:04 am

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