We were roots once…
“We shall overcome…”
“Michael row the boat ashore…”
The root of the problem.
“I’m filling a crack where the rain gets in…” (Lennon/McCartney)
The root of success.
Yes. That is a tree in the middle of the street. “Our tree, in the middle of the street…”
83 thoughts on “Roots”
I just love trees and I love the perspective you gave us here with the pictures too 😊
Glad oyu liked it. I’ve been wanting to do post on the roots here, which are quite “savage”. Thanks for your visit.
Clever idea for a post for sure. You must walk around with your camera out 100% of the time. (I can relate.) Does this annoy your family? Or do you go out for walks on your own to experience all of this? Some of my favorite travel partners are very patient with my stopping often for photographs. And of course depending on the situation I choose to leave it at home and just experience.
I only take my IPhone in the backpocket of. my trousers. Practical. I see a shot, I take it if I can. My wife is used to it now… 🙂 And I do go out on walks almost every day. But I gave up on the weight and bulk of cameras a long time ago. My Asahi Pentax is hanging in the library. Iphones are limited, but for urban photography, it’s generally enough.
And you are right to leave your camera at home sometimes. 🙂
Take care Jenny.
Les racines sont le moyen que les arbres ont trouvé pour toucher la sagesse des anciens … et les branches et les feuilles pour parler aux Dieux. Respect !
Merci, Brieuc, et un doux et heureux après-midi à toi.
Qu’en termes gallants ces choses-là sont dites…
Merci Gilles, de même.
Very nice, indeed!
Fab shots and cool concept.
So, I am completely in theme, here. I have many, many grey roots, in my hair! 😀
Haha! LOL. (The little hair I have left is beyond grey, almost all white…)
Glad you liked the concept Resa.
Good one, Resa!
Yet another great post with lots of amazing photos! There’s beauty in everything that surrounds us, especially in the little things 😊
Thank you Dear. Yes, there is beauty in every little thing. (I recommend my Hydrant post) Cheers
I love this series, Brian. And your captions. I am continually fascinated by the trees in San Francisco that are planted like this which often break through the sidewalk and create these crazy root systems. They somehow adapt…until the tree cutting men come along and end it all- that always makes me sad.
Thank you Jane. The roots around here are a major source of concern… Where we live, the central alley has been totally lifted up by roots… We will probably have to rebuild the alley, going around the roots and trees.
Thanks for visiting.
It’s a problem in SF and the homeowners apparently are responsible for the uprooted sidewalks which doesn’t make sense to me.
Responsible? Hmmm. It probably has to do with the legal aspect of the property. Here the sidewalk in front of the house is considered part of your property and you’re responsible for its maintenance. Saves a buck for the city of course! Sigh…
yes. same. Most don’t seem to have the ability or interest in saving the tree.
It is a shame. We do need more trees. Made me think of the Golden Gate Park and the De Young Museum. Need to go back one of these days… 🙂
A great part of the city!
It is. As is the way to it. What’s that street name? On the tip of my tongue…
?? Not sure… Geary, Lincoln, California…
Haight St… I’d forgotten but Google Maps helped…
Oooh….yes, famous. Haight/Asbury, of course.
Very famous. I felt transported back in time to the sixties. The bus driver on the way up to the park would sing the stations names… A caeplla. A Robeson, deep voice. 🙂
I enjoyed your root study (although for some, it looks like root torture).
Thank you Liz. I almost missed your comment, it was in my mail not on WP. Weird. (I forgot to mention root canal…) 😉
That is weird. Luckily, I’ve been able to avoid the dreaded root canal so far.
And the fact is, some of those trees are very old, and have clearly suffered being trapped in the pavement…
This is wonderful, I worked with trees once, I love their root art.
You worked with trees? I’m sure you made a great team. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.
My pleasure, trees have incredible energy 😀
They can lift a sidewalk…
Yes, they ruined my driveway at one house we were at.
and you had to sell the house and move? 😉
🙂 the tree sadly had to surrender
Sadly, but at least that was a legal option, here, you can’t even cut a tree in your own backyard. Even if it’s tearing the house down. Rigid laws…
So one house needs to come down, name the big house, parliament 🙂
You mean Westminster, right? 😉
Yes, in one sense, but generically – whatever it is that constitutes democracy. 🙂
Joke of course. (I was thinking of their behaviour on Brexit, but that’s another issue). Democracy? I am getting increasingly concerned about it current state… How a few hundred – elected – people decide the fate of millions? How Mitch McConnell, senator for Alabama, is actually the most powerful man on earth? (without his support, the Tramp is history)…
I am reading Tocqueville’s “Democracry in America” right now… 200 years old almost, ad still so very pertinent…
Be good Paul
McConnell is a prime example of why the Americans need to legislate for change in how they conduct their parliament. And that “electoral college” system – so undemocratic. Good! strewth, I’ve given up 🙂
Absolutely. As an example, in France the President was elected by Parliament. When de Gaulle came into power in 1958, first thing he did was to change the constitution to have the President elected directly. By the people. Gave him so much more legitimacy…
Strewth? I had tyo look it up… Oz Parley?
(Truth? I have given too)
Be good my Down Under friend.
Thank you my northern mate 🙂
J’adore celle avec le logo PMR à côté. On pourrait croire que l’emplacement est réservé pour mettre un fauteuil roulant à l’ombre!
Le logo PMR? Euh… Personne à Mobilité Réduite je suppose? J’en ai vu plusieurs dans le quartier. Croisement de deux règles bureaucratiques: 1) Faire des descentes de fauteuil roulant dans tous les coins. Même si le trottoir n’est pas assez large. 2) Interdit de couper un seul arbre… Résultat… Absurde… Bon ouiquande.
Tu vas rigoler Brieuc… J’ai googlelé “ouiquande” parce que tant que je ne l’avais pas prononcé à voix haute, je n’avais pas compris de quoi il s’agissait!!!🤣
Alors bon ouiquande à toi aussi!!!
Ouiquande, c’est une vieille blague. 🙂 Mais Google est très pratique. Par ex. Quand j’ai un doute d’orthographe, double consonnes par ex. Je tape dans Goggle et mon doute est réglé. A +
I root for you! 🤗
Your pics are amazing
Thank you Luisa. Much honoured. 🙂 Those roots in the streets nearby have been winking at me for some time… Buona notte.
For some reason, some of these remind me of an elephant’s foot, especially the first. If trees spoke, I think we’d expect them to be on credit wise. Come to think of it, I feel that way about elephants, too.
Very true on all counts. 🙂 Nice observation. (And I’ve seen elephants feet close…
Nice collection and good idea!! I like the concept and your comments :))
Hola Monika. Qué gusto verte por acá… 🙂 Glad you liked the post. I’d been wanting to do it for a while. A different approach. Todo bien contigo? Abrazo.
Your captions are simply brilliant! Apt for the photograph and so witty. You have an amazing blog and I really look forward to your posts . More power to you.
Thank you. I’m honoured… 🙂
The photos are easy: the trees around here are all like that… 🙂
And the words? I think the trees are whispering in my ear. 😉
Very true. Underground roots are actually a mirror image of the branches… Symmetry above and below the line of the ground.
I wonder if you could help me. Since I have commented here I get email notifications of all your communication on this block. I have no idea how to stop this.
Hi Klausbernd. Sorry about that. I’m outside right now bit I suspect you accidentally clicked a small box below like or below your comment. The box would say “keep me informed of all comments on this post” or simething like that. Look at your original comment on the post and let me know.
It happened to me a long time ago with other blogs and it can be a pain in the … let me know if you found the box. Otherwise i will check it on my Mac in the afternoon. Best of luck
I will try to edit your comment, if that doesn’t work, I will erase it. Is that all right? (Let me know if any of it worked…) 🙂
Done. I eliminated your original comment. I couldn’t just edit it. If you keep getting more comments, I’ll erase all our chain, your comments and mine. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Thank you for your kind answer. I thought so as well. Unfortunately I can’t edit my original comment and change it. I tried to google it as well but in vain. I am afraid I have to live with this. Thanks again for your help.
I’ll try to edit your comment in the afternoon. When i get home. Not easy on the phone. 😬 now you may want to try on the notification you probably receive in your mail. Go down to “manage your subscriptions” in blue at the bottom. That could help. Or else unfollow me. Thatnshould do it. You can always re-follow me later. 😉
Thank you 🙂
I hope it works. I saw that you are now my follower 1900… 😉 A nice round figure. Again I insist, let me know if it works or not… Tschüss.
Thank you so much 🙂 🙂 It works!
All the best
The Fab Four of Cley
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Great. I’m delighted. I remember when I started blogging and I inadvertently clicked that little box. Got swamped with comments. Good. One thing solved.
Oh dear, we are blogging now for more than ten years and I obviously made a mistake like a beginner. Sorry about it.
Wishing you a great rest of the week
Klusbernd and the rest of
The Fab Four of Cley
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Only those who don’t DO, never make mistakes… Y’all take care.
Tu es trop malin, mon ami. You have certainly gotten to the root of roots! 😁
Haha! Trop malin? I doubt it. If I were I might have done things different. But what’s done is done… 🙂
Those roots were winking at me for some time…
A different focus.
This post reminded me of a hotel I once stayed at in Tunis. It had a tree growing through the middle of it, less inconvenient than one in the middle of the street I imagine! I have a love-hate relationship with roots, my daily cycle to work is blighted by roots that have made the cycle path into an uncomfortable obstacle course.
That hotel would be like the New Stanley in Nairobi. 🙂
Roots on the cycle path? What happened to German love of order… 😉
Thought I’d check out your Feb 2020 list as seem to have missed this one – probably due to COVID.
Love roots especially the gnarliness. Nature offers wonderful patterns. Cool photos Brian.