I saw the roots of this tree and really had to make a photograph. I thought that in color it would have been rather boring, so I decided to get my IR camera for this shot. I wanted to get low enough to emphasize the roots and the way the tree is clawing at the ground to stay in place. I also wanted to be high enough to eliminate any distracting background and focus on the roots. I opted to eliminate most of the tree to accomplish that.
This tree is leaning at a very heavy angle off a bank and really is ‘hanging on’, clawing at the ground to stay in place. I had to scramble down the bank and then stand on a tree stump to get some height back so I wasn’t shooting into the sky. You can get an idea of how steep it is on the lower left. I expect that within a few short years this tree will have lost its grip on the earth and will be gone.