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The Wiggly Tree

By pamelajean
Found at Exbury Gardens in Hampshire and named "The Wiggly Tree", it's actually a London Plane, which is famous for its large size and longevity. It has enormous spreading branches which are sinuous and contorted, drooping to ground level, so it has been supported by lumps of wood and metal bands that are strapped around its branches. The huge main trunk is surrounded by four horizontal trunks that appear to have layered themselves. The bark is pale grey-green, smooth and exfoliating in some areas, or buff-brown and not exfoliating in other areas. It flakes in patches leaving a dappled surface. You can find it just off the main Glade in the Home Wood.
6 versions, the last two show larger views of this unusual tree, but I couldn't get all of it into one picture because of the surrounding shrubs.
Pamela.

Tags: Tree Botanical Specialist and abstract Flowers and plants Hampshire Exbury gardens Platanus orientalis

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Comments


23 May 2011 2:52PM
Such a strange tree. V1, I can see leapord and cheetah skins. V3 giraffe skins. Great shots Pamela...........Sandy

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woolybill1 Plus
9 22 67 United Kingdom
23 May 2011 3:00PM
Superb studies of texture and shape.
Bill
mrswoolybill Plus
9 948 1479 United Kingdom
23 May 2011 3:18PM
Gradually moving out to give explanation... V1 is extraordinary, it could be an aerial photograph of a landscape.
I find these trees fascinating. I have heard that the reason they thrive in big cities is that they are resistant to air pollution - toxins collect in the bark but are then shed when the tree 'moults'.
Moira
davidhu 10 19 United Kingdom
23 May 2011 3:19PM
Good shapes and textures, V1 makes for a splendid abstract.
Dave
baclark 7 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
23 May 2011 3:49PM
What a wonderful selection of images of this stunning old tree. No hesitation Pamela have my UA. V1 is gorgeous, I just adore the diagonal composition, textures and tones and to think all made my mother nature, then see and captured by you. Excellent.
Barbara
franken Plus
13 3.9k 4 Wales
23 May 2011 4:22PM
Interesting and excellent set of abstracts - ver1 being my favourite.

Ken
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
23 May 2011 4:48PM
Wonderful textures in the bark of this beautiful tree, Pamela, well captured. Carol
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
23 May 2011 5:16PM
What an amazing tree Grin It looks like it's wearing a camouflage jacket in V4! Wink A cracking set, Pamela, love all those wonderful tones, textures and patterns Smile
Trev Smile
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
23 May 2011 7:32PM
A great set of this amazing tree, V5 my pick. - gary
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
23 May 2011 7:33PM
WHat a great looking tree

Peter
MalcolmM Plus
11 499 5 Scotland
23 May 2011 7:36PM
Lovely texture & abstract
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
23 May 2011 7:41PM
What an amazing tree - I had a feeling these would be yours from the thumbnail - love v1 and also v5 for the big picture Smile
Helen
Niknut Plus
6 1.2k 68 United Kingdom
23 May 2011 7:43PM
Great shot !....love the textures & colours in this near graphic image....holds the interest very well, with lots to look at, to tweek ones brain....1st class !
bricurtis Plus
11 2.0k 49 England
23 May 2011 8:43PM
V1 is an excellent abstract - looks like it could be embroidery ! - great to see where the images came from with V5.
Brian.
23 May 2011 9:59PM
Excellent colours, textures and paterns all through the set.
Great work,
Johanna
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
23 May 2011 11:32PM
Fine texture study's here Pamela.
And certainly the most unusual shaped tree I have seen !!
Good set.
Mick.
taggart Plus
12 46 13 United States
24 May 2011 12:04AM
Now! this is the way to do bark--- a very inspiring image!
Love this tree!
Jennnnn
PhillipMinnis 6 94 4 Australia
24 May 2011 2:54AM
An amazing and very interesting set of images! I do prefer the first image....I think it is extremely striking and effective! Wonderful tones, patterns and composition!


Cheers

Phil
Ray42 8 3 England
24 May 2011 7:27AM
Quite and extrodinary set - very well picked out and congratulations on the two UA's
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
24 May 2011 5:41PM
A terrific set of images Pamela, what a wierd and wonderfully shaped tree. The abstract image v1 is tremendous, what wonderful patterns and textures
pamelajean Plus
10 964 1824 United Kingdom
24 May 2011 7:53PM
Oh my, thankyou so much for your User Awards, Barbara and Trevor. I have been busy since I put these pictures on, so I am really chuffed to come on site and find the awards and also to discover that a lot of you find this tree as intriguing as I didSmile.
Pamela.
bunbeam 10 2 United Kingdom
24 May 2011 9:53PM
what an amazing tree.. super set of captures
bunSmile
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
26 May 2011 6:23PM
Magnificent tree!! I love the supports and bands - just shows the sort of tree lovers out there. I love trees and tree shots and these are beyond beautiful, Pamela. What a treat.

A Smile
franfoto 8 2 32 England
26 May 2011 8:04PM
What an amazing looking tree. I like all of these shots, wonderful textures, patterns, shapes and colours a great find.

Fran
Suehh 9 39 6 England
27 May 2011 11:15AM
Beautiful images - love the textures and patterns - so good to see close ups like this
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
28 May 2011 9:08AM
I like the close up ones, revealing lovely textures and detail Pam.
regards
Yung
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
29 May 2011 6:19AM
What an interesting narrative which I read before viewing the shots, which bring to life the story so well. Beautifully recorded images of this marvellous old survivor, Pamela.
Ronnie.
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
29 May 2011 1:28PM
Wonderful array of shapes, textures and colours Pamela.
Rende
Mynett 8 142 6 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 2:42PM
well spotted opportunity for some fab abstract work, love v1

Linda
delboy1145 8 29 8 England
29 May 2011 8:37PM
I like V2 just for the curves around the branch
xwang 7 55 8
31 May 2011 4:44PM
I think that I like V1. Beautiful colour and texture,the pattern is excellently created in its artistic way with lines and curves...
Jasmine

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