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AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
21 Dec 2013 1:06AM
Gnarly, resilient creatures of the forest. We have cedar ashe here in Texas (same family of trees as the junipers I think) and they too take on incredible forms. Being from Norway I can easily see that these are really trolls......

Anne

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21 Dec 2013 1:17AM
Great formation, perfectly captured!
21 Dec 2013 6:47AM

Quote: Being from Norway I can easily see that these are really trolls.....


Unfortunately Anne these are rather poorly under-the-weather trolls, as this forest... one of the largest juniper forests in Europe...is heavily infected with a fungus that causes extensive die back and is ultimately fatal to the plant. The Forestry Commission are doing what they can to combat this, but it's a major concern.
marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2013 7:30AM
Morning old chap...

I picked this one out of the thumbnails and was very surprised to see it is one of yours. It's got a rather magical feel about it, somewhat mysterious and laden with age and history... A very thought provoking shot.

Nicely done sir!
21 Dec 2013 7:33AM
Another lovely and elegant shot. From the thumbnail I thought they looked like dancers in long, flowing dresses. Love the dramatic light as well.
L
mrswoolybill Plus
10 990 1514 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2013 8:44AM
Cold, bitter and twisted. Unlike us here, who are all sweetness and light.
Moira
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 68 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2013 9:09AM
Twisted textures, subtle shapes, the abstract nature of Nature.
Regards
Bill
Irishkate Plus
6 38 102 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2013 11:56AM
Lovely composition and use of light and shade in those wonderful gnarled shapes.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2013 11:59AM
The light and depth of detail is incredible…

Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
21 Dec 2013 1:19PM
Such wonderfully sensuous shapes.....
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
21 Dec 2013 1:43PM

Quote:Being from Norway I can easily see that these are really trolls.....

Unfortunately Anne these are rather poorly under-the-weather trolls, as this forest... one of the largest juniper forests in Europe...is heavily infected with a fungus that causes extensive die back and is ultimately fatal to the plant. The Forestry Commission are doing what they can to combat this, but it's a major concern.



Is the fungus caused by some kind of beetle? We have this problem here, with our wonderful live oaks. A beetle spreads a fungus when it gets into a wound in the bark. The oaks are connected by an intricate network of roots, and entire colonies of these trees die - from a little beetle!

Anne
21 Dec 2013 4:09PM

Quote:Is the fungus caused by some kind of beetle? We have this problem here, with our wonderful live oaks. A beetle spreads a fungus when it gets into a wound in the bark. The oaks are connected by an intricate network of roots, and entire colonies of these trees die - from a little beetle!

Anne



I don't think it's caused by a beetle, though I don't know for sure. It's been identified as Phytophthora austrocedrae and it infects the plant through the root system. It's quite rare, and not a whole lot is known about it, in the UK at least. It spreads easily through ground water and infected soil or plant material, making it difficult to control. The area is being closely monitored, and in an attempt to reduce the risk of spreading they've provided boot disinfecting stations at either end of the affected stretch of land. Unfortunately this hasn't been entirely successful and the fungus seems to be spreading. I guess there are people who simply don't care enough, surprise surprise, and they aren't bothering to disinfect. Probably they're also letting their dogs run free. Upper Teesdale is an area I love very much, and have photographed a lot, so it's all quite depressing.
Nigeve1 Plus
3 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2013 4:23PM
Gnarled and sculptural, great image, Alan.
Nigel

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