mb - 58. Roots of Tree - Baumwurzeln

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May Margrit B. (Swis… on November 16, 2008

The roots of this tree cling to the rocks.

Diese Baumwurzeln klammern sich richtiggehend an die Felsen.

cbaisan on November 18, 2008

As the roots grow and break apart the rock the tree hastens its own eventual fall... We find that trees in such extreme situations often grow very slowly and live to great age. An inspiration perhaps... Greetings May, Chris

May Margrit B. (Swis… on November 20, 2008

Thank you so much for your visit to these adorable trees, Chris, you are so right, we call them trees with a fighting spirit! And yes, a great inspiration, we can learn such a lot from nature. :) Warm regards, May

cbaisan on November 22, 2008

I am a fan of trees May, in fact, they are my work.

May Margrit B. (Swis… on November 23, 2008

Chris, thanks a lot! I am happy to know you and to learn from you! :) Trees have always fascinated me. There are some of the tallest pine trees of Europe (Albies alba) near my region in Duersrueti Langnau. There is a link in English, but it doesn't work. Below the site is a list with the numbers of their size. I know, compared with your wonderful trees on the American continent they are very small. :) May

cbaisan on November 24, 2008

Thanks for the link May - I was able to get to the English version via the French one... ? :) but the specific article was not translated. My interest is not in the largest trees... but in the most interesting ;) although large trees can be awe inspiring. There were many magnificient trees of many species on the American continent 300 years ago, but the majority were cut down for timber or other purposes - as is common practice the world over. However, I find that the most interesting are neither the largest or tallest, but those with the most interesting history - like the one in your photo - and such trees can be found in many parts of the world, even where there has been extensive cutting for centuries. Like this face, a long view of the world, the record of many varried seasons I find most interesting.

This page mentions the work of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow, and Landscape research, my collegue and friend Henri Grissino-Mayer, and Fritz Schweingruber documenting the field of my work, and here an interesting news item regarding the effort to understand earth history from the perspective of trees.

I love the smell of the forest and the mountain air - I think your country has a wealth of these treasures :) Chris

May Margrit B. (Swis… on November 25, 2008

Chris, thanks for all the interesting links and your explanation! I know exactly what you mean and I think so myself. The link of "waldwissen" I actually wanted to send to you about the fact that 31% of the country is covered with forest in Switzerland. :) I see now, that you know all about our trees better than I ever would.

On Swiss TV they showed a documentation about two weeks ago of a tree they found at the foot of a melting glacier and how the history of climate can be read by it.

Maybe you find the possibility to visit my country one day and enjoy the mountains, the trees and the glaciers as long as the latter still exist. May

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  • Uploaded on November 16, 2008
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    by May Margrit B. (Swis…
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-TZ3
    • Taken on 2008/10/10 15:28:36
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 15.70mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.700
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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