Posted by
Don (Spokane, United States) on 8 April 2011 in Plant & Nature.

My friend, Nick, suggested I check out this unusual root system on these trees near downtown. I drove by there today and got this shot. I don't know why the root system is so exposed to the surface or why the trees are situated on mounds considerably higher than the surrounding turf.

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

..and, having had a house that suffered from subsidence caused by trees...they do seem very close to that house wall. Anyway, what an odd and lovely shot

8 Apr 2011 6:33am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Sure makes them look unstable . . looks like a consequence of the work of Man to me !

8 Apr 2011 6:39am

Chantal from TERHEIJDEN, Netherlands

those are some roots...

8 Apr 2011 7:50am

petitlouis from Seraing, Belgium

La fascinante capacité d'adaptation du vivant.

8 Apr 2011 8:24am

Doug Hickok from Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Very interesting. The roots provide fascinating tangles of lines and shapes. Have a great weekend!

8 Apr 2011 10:58am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

I'm rooting for this one Don. Lovely textures and patterns

8 Apr 2011 11:09am

Marcie from Newton, United States

What an amazing web of roots. They remind me of fingers..old fingers ouststretched.

8 Apr 2011 11:37am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

the grip of nature, amazing shot

8 Apr 2011 12:30pm

MaryBeth from United States

It is a wonder they are still alive. A tenacious grip!! MB

8 Apr 2011 1:06pm

PixeLuz from Vitória, Brazil

Makes me think of the Australian movie "The Tree": at the end the tree destroys the house beside... Just hope the same won't happen there.

8 Apr 2011 2:51pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Beautiful capture !

8 Apr 2011 2:55pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I sometimes wonder as a tree can live with a part of its roots outside but it does not seem to raise of problem, the life hangs on and it is very so

8 Apr 2011 3:56pm

Rose from United States

That is just strange...but love seeing it. I wonder if they were planted that way on purpose.

8 Apr 2011 4:05pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A curious scene, indeed. These are pine though so they should have a big tap root deep in the soil.

8 Apr 2011 4:30pm

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

What a scene...very curious and interesting to see...great shot with good light and details !

8 Apr 2011 4:37pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Pretty amazing. Surrealist. The root system is normally the size of the canopy, at least, and usually more. Hopefully these will be long lived and healthy for many years yet.

8 Apr 2011 5:19pm

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

That is a cool view! The trees look very healthy,so they must be happy in this situation..

8 Apr 2011 5:32pm

harry from United States

Dramatic growth in an urban setting. Nice one.

8 Apr 2011 5:54pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

GReat shot. That does look extraordinary. Amazing how they still manage to feed. Must have many more beneath the ground still.

8 Apr 2011 6:42pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

neat capture

8 Apr 2011 7:28pm

Otto K. from Atlanta, United States

nice find. a very interesting root system.

8 Apr 2011 9:52pm

merilee from United States

hope they will survive during tornado storm.interesting one.

8 Apr 2011 10:06pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

It's amazing that they can survive, must be a strong species of tree. Have a great weekend friend.

9 Apr 2011 12:47am

Becky from los angeles, United States

that's a lot of life there in those roots! Amazing trees - great find and shot.

9 Apr 2011 2:29am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great shot! Nice colours, lighting and details...

9 Apr 2011 3:02am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Interesting! Very good shot!

9 Apr 2011 7:07am

tataray from france, France

Sur de la roche et ils s'étalent leurs racines pour trouver la nourriture.
Du plus bel effet...

9 Apr 2011 7:18pm

Candace from Phoenix, AZ, United States

Peculiar but makes for an interesting shot.

9 Apr 2011 8:21pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

sure is odd to have those roots exposed like that.. it makes for a fine scene to shoot though.. :D

11 Apr 2011 1:27pm