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.