Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Leaning trees New Forest April 1

These trees are leaning heavily as they grow towards the light in a gap in the woods.
When trees lean, they raise their roots up into a mound like this, below the leaning tree.

Then, when they fall, a big circle of earth comes up around the roots. Like this nearby beech tree.

Oaks do not have deep roots, although they start of as acorns with a tap root but these whither in time.

Trees often fall when the extra weight of the leaves grow and tons of water are taken up into the crown of the tree. Even more likely after a wet winter like this one. So they may come down. Or they may live on. They've been leaning for many years and Jeanie's been photographing them for the last 5.

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