Only the decaying roots remain of a once proud tree. Even so, they provide a fascinating natural habitat. The question is ‘Who might live in a house like this?’
Two days ago we woke to discover that the landscape had been transformed overnight. Fields, trees and buildings were covered with a blanket of snow – the first of the winter – creating a hushed, fairyland scene.
The photographs were taken looking out through the kitchen window.
The snow on the patio furniture provides an indication of the depth of the snowfall.
The exposure of these tree stumps at low tide in the Thornham Saltmarshes seems, in some way, symbolic of the amazing discovery in 1998 at neighbouring Holme-next-the-Sea. This coastal strtch is susceptible to strong currents, tidal surges and shifting sands. A combination of these factors led, in November 1998, to the discovery of a previously submerged ‘tree circle’ a henge similar in its formation to Stonehenge. It was clearly of Bronze Age origin, and experts were subsequently able to confidently date its construction to 2049BC. The circle comprised 56 posts and at its centre was the upturned root of an oak tree.
A BBC news item on the ‘find’ is available on http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/388988.stm.