This broken down tree root in the New Forest evoked stories of events that occurred a thousand years ago. The Forest was created by King William I (William the Conqueror) when he ruthlessly drove the residents of 36 parishes from their homes in order to claim the land for his hunting activities. On William’s death, the Forest was inherited by his son, also a William (William Rufus) William Rufus was not popular and died in a shooting ‘accident’ in the forest, although there remains a strong suspicion that he was assassinated.
So, maybe William was here, even if this particular tree wasn’t!
This image was created a month ago, both to reflects my own feelings and to symbolize and express something of the hurt, heartache and anger caused by a sequence of horrendous events – terrorist attacks in Manchester and London and the Grenfell Tower Block fire.
These photographs were taken from my doorstep yesterday morning. The occasion was enhanced by the early Spring sunshine. I was more fortunate than Robert Browning – I was there, not abroad!
Please read the preface to Gallery Series I/15 (https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/gallery-series-i15/) to more fully understand the image below:
Gallery Series I/16