The Guardian of Cockmill Wood~~~"Gnarly Dude""

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

For a bit of fun, the piercing eyes were added later..It's a gimmicky image and who does not like a bit of fantasy..It's what many of us digested eagerly when we were read fairy tales as children!

I thank my friend Stacy Metcalf for suggesting a name for the "Guardian"

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Comments (20)

Milan Stojanović on March 19, 2012

Excellent captured!


Geezer Vz on March 20, 2012

He looks well suited for the job. His stare alone is enough to scare you off. Excellent photograph with good lighting to show off your subject.



Buts Yuri on March 20, 2012

Fantastic shot, exquisite picture LIKE- 3! My regards, greetings from Ukraine! Yuri.

digitaaal on March 20, 2012

Very interesting formation Jim


Best regards, Pista

Jeff Annely on March 20, 2012

Hi Jim, The imagery is brilliant and at first I assumed it was a set-up until I looked closely!!

It's just the sort of thing I'm always looking for and almost never find.

Thanks for lightening up my day. Regards


~Marlene~ on March 20, 2012

I assume, from the algae growing on him, that he's been at this job for awhile, Jim... his work must be satisfactory! Like

Greetings, Marlene

Yosarsif مهدی کلهر on March 20, 2012

Hi Jim. Like an old man sitting on the chair! amazing scene and very interesting catch. L, All the best from Iran. Mahdi

Faintlightofdawn on March 20, 2012

that's one scary shamen! LIKed, best wishes, Fai

cjlin on March 21, 2012

After 10 years, maybe he'll become a giant. cjlin

Ale Argento on March 22, 2012

Muy impresionante..!!!

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 22, 2012

This strange looking growth at the base of a gnarled old tree caught my eye. It reminded me of the Davy Jones pirate scene in "Pirates of the Caribbean"


Geezer Vz






Yosarsif مهدی کلهر




I'm glad this oddity caught your imagination too guys..Your comments are enlightening, humorous and much appreciated :>)

Kind regards to you all !


Ila O. on March 22, 2012

Yorkshire, oh Yorkshire - - makes me feel homesick, even if it isn't my home :)) Thanky for sharing

Sarah O on March 23, 2012

JIM I saw the other view of this first...OH, this one is the better of the two!! wow, this brings this ole Guy to life!! :)) this is quite amazing, another like of course, well spotted my friend.:)

warmest regards ~~Sarah~~

Neil Grimwood on March 23, 2012

Now now Jim, you really shouldn't be doing self portraits old chum,i know you're knackered from all your diy,but it can't have been that bad surely!!;-))) Sorry mate,couldn't resist it.

Its a good find Jim, probably one you'll never repeat,i thought that it was a setup just as Jeff did,one in a million mate,great stuff.

Best wishes as usual...Neil.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 23, 2012

-ila-~~~~~I'm guessing that you must have visited Yorkshire at some time -ila-, if not, I'm sure you would not be disappointed if you came here :)

Sarah O~~~~It was lucky to discover this oddity Sarah..the rough track from here is steep and slippery so I was deep in concentration as I made my way down..Why I looked back, I'll never know..could it be that the woods are enchanted?

Neil Grimwood~~~~It's funny you should mention my physical state Neil..I actually feel like how this grotesque growth looks :) Taken out of context, the image certainly captured my imagination!! As you said, a lucky find..since I actually passed it by without noticing..the root system on this gnarled old tree was fascinating!

To you all, I express my sincere gratitude for your visits, precious comments, your endorsements, likes and for taking the time to look!

Kind regards :)


mbe21 on March 24, 2012

How lifelike Jim.

Great find - Did you give him a name.


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 24, 2012

It was a good find Mick and a such a surprise too since I had already passed by without noticing this well camouflaged was an uncanny discovery to say the least..As for a name, well I'll leave it up to those with creativity but here's a start--how about DendroDon :)



stacy metcalf on March 30, 2012

Gnarly, Dude !

It's fortuitous to get accepted by Google Earth with someone so prominent in the photo, Jim. (piercing eyes post production?)

regards, well wishes & L from Kelowna,Canada

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 30, 2012

Hehe! you don't miss a trick do you Stacy :))..

I just could not resist the temptation and you did well to spot it!

As for your suggestion "Gnarly Dude", it's adopted, thank you!

It's great to receive your visits and interesting comments Stacy :)

Kind regards!


stacy metcalf on April 1, 2012

:) wasn't sure if you would be familiar with the term. i believe it comes from the surfing culture, south of here, in California. i was going to praise your expert photography skills on capturing the two fireflies...

good evening, from Kelowna

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    by Jim Evans (AXOTA)
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