A tree that was probably hit by lightning when it was young. http://susanrudat.blogspot.com/
A nice scene with of favourite topic. I particularly enjoy looking at the way you have used line to suggest form on some of the branches. You may be correct, about the lightening, Susan; but there are other possibilities. Maybe the tree was distressed as a young sapling. In an effort to survive it would send up extra shoots and both might have survived to adulthood. If your tree was planted as part of a hedge it might have started life along with others, in a bunch, to thicken the hedge up quickly. We know this as “bundle planting” http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2002/06/14891/5571
and our countryside is full of examples of this. When the main “leaders” die, or are pruned, examples like your drawing shows, are sometime left. Please forgive me sounding like a “clever clogs”. I’m just passionate about trees.
Love the composition.. the tree creating a frame for the house.. the one little root coming up in the center
Bob, I read the link you provided, thank you! This particular tree, a live oak, is by itself in a large pasture. Live oaks tend to spread out when standing alone. In groups they twist around like some sort of tree dance. Trees are really interesting to observe. By the way, just a few days ago was the first time I’ve ever heard the term “clever clogs”, and now I read this from you…wow!
Thanks for the comments, you guys.
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