As a gardener I have a certain amount of control in the way plants grow. Take apple trees for instance. From year one they are pruned and shaped with the intention of producing the highest yield of apples as well as looking good in their garden location.
But when nature takes over this can produce some dramatic and often beautiful effects.
I visited Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend and on a walk through the graveyard surrounding the Church of the Holy Trinity, location of Shakespeare’s grave, an old twisted pine tree caught my eye.
I love this tree for the dramatic, twisted shape of the trunk that is almost sculptural in form. Most likely caused by damage when it was a younger tree.
I also like the texture and pattern of the bark. The linear grooves flow along the twists and curves, and the bark is slightly scale-like in places, emphasizing the age of the tree.
I’m amazed the pine has lasted so long. Must have a good root system anchoring it in position and preventing the almost 90 degree angle of growth to cause the tree to topple over.
Another bonus is nature’s design has created a perfect bench for worshipers and tourists to sit on and admire the impressive thirteenth century church.