Hiking : Serpentine Wood

Posted by
Rick (Toronto, Canada) on 21 December 2017 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Some of these trees appeared to have snake-like tendencies, as their roots enfolded every possible surface for extra stability.

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS 1/20 second F/4.5 ISO 800 8 mm

k@ from Paris, France

Seems those roots are alive and will make the trees run fast in one second ! Beautiful torsions !

21 Dec 2017 7:30am

@k@: Yes, nicely observed as usual on your part. The roots resemble muscles! Thanks, Karine.

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice series!
wonderful roots!

21 Dec 2017 8:13am

@omid: I'm glad you like the series; thanks !

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Like an octopus that tries to reach out and grab as much as possible ! I like these incredible roots !

21 Dec 2017 8:30am

@Anna Cherer: Wonderfully designed to succeed under challenging conditions. Thanks very much, Anna. Your photo for today is superb !

Annima from Toulouse, France


21 Dec 2017 9:11am

@Annima: Merci beaucoup.

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wow - I'd be afraid to take another step! A magical place.

21 Dec 2017 9:58am

@Stephen: Thanks a lot, Stephen.

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Tentaculaires !!! J'aime

21 Dec 2017 10:43am

@Martine Libouton: Merci, Martine.

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Magnificent !

21 Dec 2017 11:24am

@Hiro: Thank you !

Devi from Chennai, India

those roots do look alarming !!!!

21 Dec 2017 2:56pm

@Devi: Luckily they are a harmless part of a beautiful living thing :-)

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I love the shapes of those roots. There is a lovely elegance here.

21 Dec 2017 3:11pm

@Ruthiebear: Thanks for having a look, Ruthie.

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien ces racines

21 Dec 2017 3:43pm

@Existence Artistique: Merci.

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

just rooting around
To find some ground
I like the way buttresses have formed on the uphill side of the trunks though it seems counter intuitive. Nicely captured

21 Dec 2017 4:13pm

@grouser: You remind me of a rather bad little joke I heard ages ago... CUSTOMER : "Waiter, this coffee tastes like mud!" WAITER : "What do you expect? It was fresh ground this morning." (groans are permitted)

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

Wow! What an intertwined ststem! Beautiful capture of an amazing procedd of nature!! And Thanks for your kind words sir! <3

21 Dec 2017 6:19pm

@Denny Jump: Many thanks, Denny, and I hope to achieve the same kind of loving longevity with my own wonderful wife.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Those are amazing root systems. The trees seem to have adapted to the rocky ground pretty well.

21 Dec 2017 6:28pm

@Steve Rice: I've read that trees work together to ensure their survival and indeed flourishing in places like this. Thanks for the comment, Steve.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Amazing how much fluidity the tree trunk has with the curvature at the bottom!! Do these trees have a shallow root system or would you say some erosion has occurred?

21 Dec 2017 7:20pm

@Steven: My guess would be there is a bit of a lack of soil due to the thick rock shield of the Niagara Escarpment, hence the tentacles spreading around on the higher elevations of the trails. It wasn't the case lower down the slopes near the river. Whatever their "method", these were good sized trees so it must work! Thanks for the comment, good sir.

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Looks like the trees would be crawling somewhere.
Great shot.

22 Dec 2017 12:58am