Monday 10 August 2020

When Trees Topple

After many months of avoiding it
 the pups and I walked what I used to call the 'Advanced Trail'. 
 After this latest walk I am renaming it the "Ankle Breaker".
We clambered over rock after rock
over moss covered roots
 and through muddy streams.
Every time we turned a corner we discovered a newly uprooted tree
So many trees toppled by wind and rain.

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, 
but in having new eyes." 
 Marcel Proust

Every morning the Rusty Pups and I walk familiar trails
through meadows and woods
along an ancient railway line only identifiable because of their straightness!
through marshlands
Over streams
and over oh, so many rocks!
Every morning there is something new that shouts out to be noticed.
Through changing seasons and weather systems
there is always something new to discover.
Today it seems what we are called to notice is roots!

Mighty trees still manage to grow on ground that looks like this!

Root systems towered above us.

Lovely Messiness!

I hope you found something new on your walk today
or as Marcel Proust might say
 on your daily voyage of discovery!


  1. Amazing pictures Penny. Its always a surprise how much of a tree lives underground and yet it shouldnt be - a surprise I mean. Lovely to have such a beautiful place to walk. xx

  2. Do we sense a "Roots" piece on the horizon?

  3. So much inspiration in these photos but a sad story too. Such shallow root systems that lead to such devastation, and yet the fallen trees serve a good purpose too. Nature is a continuous marvel.

  4. Those amazing root balls, rocks included are one of my favorite things to notice when in Yosemite. I'll have to watch others walk, air quality here doesn't allow, for now. So, thanks for sharing yours!


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