Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fangorn, By Any Other Name

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There is something symmetrical in the randomness of nature, paradoxical as that sounds, and the wild grizzling of the moss clinging to this tree creates an amazing texture. The photograph was a simple frame and shoot, in afternoon light, nothing clever in the technique, it's the subject matter that counts here. And the sense of antiquity it brings: it was a very old place and something of that infused the moment. This tree stands on the outer edge of the earthworks of Old Sarum Hillfort, above the town of Salisbury, in Wiltshire, UK, a place which has been fortified since the Bronze Age and was constantly held by one power or another into the Middle Ages. There are vestiges of Roman stonework, and the last king to spend a night there was Henry II, if I remember correctly. I found myself wondering how old this tree is, and what history has unfolded in sight of its gnarled limbs and roots... December 2006, Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. Image by Mike.

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