Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Roots

The roots of this tree, and most trees along this stream, are above ground.  I thought that tree roots needed to grow under the soil.  What is going on...is it the type of tree....or the soil....doesn't this seem strange...

For this shot, I just stayed in the same spot and turned around....more roots....
Taken in Tawawa Park, Shelby county for ABC Wednesday.  

27 comments:

Annie said...

Good question. I wonder if the banks have been washed away and these are exposed roots with enough underground to continue supporting the tree.

Deb said...

very interesting photos...I've seen alot of photos of trees along river banks that look like that..

CRY said...

i love trees and ive always been fascinated by roots like that

photowannabe said...

Love the tangled root system. It makes for interesting pictures.

Arija said...

The trees start out in the right place as saplings, but usually with melt water or a heavy storm rush the water level and flow rate increase dramatically and wash away part of the banks exposing the roots. That is why it is so important to have trees on watercourses, as protection against erosion.

Sylvia K said...

Those are marvelous shots! And that is a good question! There's just something fascinating to me about roots like these. Great for the R word!

kRiZ cPEc said...

bad...the water washed away the soil, i guess.

Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. That is a very cool shot of roots! Great idea for the letter R!

Reader Wil said...

They look like mangrove tree-roots. They must have been in the water a long time! It's interesting! Thanks for your visit!

RuneE said...

It reminds me a bit about Tolkien "Old forest".

Marie Reed said...

Looks like you're rooting out the answer to your question:)

Bonnie Bonsai said...

It's due to soil erosion. Climate change could be the factor? Great to make such an interesting observation.

Lily Hydrangea said...

the covered bridge is so neat. & I don't know how they survive, but I do love seeing tree roots exposed.

Leslie: said...

This does seem strange, but sure makes for great photography! :D

Karyn said...

Very interesting question.

this looks like such a peaceful place to visit! Great photos.

Miss_Yves said...

Really original !

Q said...

These roots are incredible. I wonder how the trees survive.
Sherry

nonizamboni said...

Perfect choice for 'r'! They are somehow touching to me because of their strength. Nice photos.

Tumblewords: said...

Amazing roots! I've often wondered about them. Great photos!

Janie said...

Good R. I think the river is changing its bend and eroding those roots at a rapid pace. Trees with above ground roots are always interesting to see and wonder about.

Roger Owen Green said...

a tree across the street blew over in Albany, NY last week; the roots were surprisingly thin. hmmm...

Grace and Bradley said...

I have two reasons for the exposed roots. One is the soil has been washed away by the flood; the second the ground is soggy that the roots have to go closer to the surface for air. Anyway these are my guess.

Rose said...

Sometimes the tenacity of plants is amazing. I agree with Annie that at one time there was probably more soil around that has since been washed away.

Love the "parking lot" photo for today!

Russ said...

Very interesting shots. Looks like it may fall down at some point.

Joy said...

Great r - aren't roots interesting. What amazes me, even when trees are blown down in storms, the next year, with only a fraction of their roots in the soil, they continue to leaf.

Jay said...

Great photos!

Either the trees are a species (like mangrove) which just naturally grow like that, or it's an erosion problem. They are surviving though, aren't they?

Kristi said...

Those roots are huge! Its hard to believe the trees are still standing!