Exposed gnarly roots in Fall River Park

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Exposed roots along a walking path in Fall River Park, Greenville, SC. The tree seemed to be quite healthy.

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GustavoG (see comment below) suggested that I manipulate this photo. I have, more or less, followed his suggestion, which I thank him for! The result is
here. I am especially grateful, because both of them made the Flickr Explore pages.

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In other parts, the whole of the immediately surrounding foliage was illuminated by the interwoven dances in the air of splendidly coloured fire-flies, which sped hither and thither, turned, twisted, crossed, and recrossed, entwining every complexity of intervolved motion. Here and there, whole mighty trees glowed with an emitted phosphorescent light. You could trace the very course of the great roots in the earth by the faint light that came through; and every twig, and every vein on every leaf was a streak of pale fire. - George MacDonald, Phantastes, Chapter 4 (public domain).

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  1. kleiner tiger [deleted] 73 months ago | reply

    wow! how cool is that!!

  2. Blondieyooper 71 months ago | reply

    I love this pic!

  3. moxylyn 71 months ago | reply

    This is very cool!

  4. summerskyphoto 70 months ago | reply

    very interesting shot. you have an rare eye for detail

  5. pindragonwitch 64 months ago | reply

    Wow Super sweet Pic The roots make such a beautiful Sight .

  6. garlandcannon 63 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called North Wind's Daughter, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    This is outstanding. Made me think right away of Old Man Willow the hobbit-eater in Lord of the Rings.

  7. vermillion$baby 60 months ago | reply

    Pretty neat..Especially when you say it's healthy.....

  8. Ghetto Steve 58 months ago | reply

    I'd love to have a tree like that in my garden. It speaks of age and magic and natures wonder, and makes me think of faeries and castles which I rather like thinking of. If I knew metal work at all I'd try to build a trellis piece or a screen panel that captured the complexity and beauty of this tree. Lovely picture.

  9. gripspix (Sorry for being OFF!) 57 months ago | reply

    Great root fractal!

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called MINAS - Mathematics in Nature and Science, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  10. sciway2009 57 months ago | reply


    My name is Ann Bomgren and I work for

    Our purpose is to celebrate everything great about South Carolina. We also do a newsletter each month, and this month we are featuring trees in SC. This is such a unique picture, and our small team of four people all agreed that this picture just has to be in our tree gallery!

    Many people contribute to our online photo gallery each day: if you would like to look at examples. Our newsletter goes out to over 40,000 subscribers, so this would be a great way to share your pictures with South Carolinians.

    We give credit to all photographers of course, for allowing us to share
    great photos on our site from around our state. Would you be willing to
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    Please let me know as soon as you can at

    Thank you! Ann

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  11. George Morris 57 months ago | reply

    Very cool. I wonder how extensive the rest of the root system is?

    I see that you have creative commons licensing set, but I'd like to get your permission before I use this photo in an upcoming blog about how to grow tomatoes organically (with attribution and a link to this page).

    The blog will be located at

    If you'd prefer that I use another picture, please let me know and I'll change it out ASAP. Thank you!

  12. marnanel 55 months ago | reply

    Thanks for posting this under a free licence. I've used it with attribution as part of my tutorial on the Shavian alphabet.

  13. CameliaTWU 48 months ago | reply

    Excellent teaching aid for me. Thanks for posting it.

  14. Eddi van W. 48 months ago | reply

    I think Creative Commons- Free Pictures group would suit your photo very well. I suggest you to take a look at that group.

  15. Gcamasmie 47 months ago | reply

    The tree is holding ALL the floor!!!=D
    Man, your pics are the BESTS!!(Y)

  16. 42 months ago | reply

    Nature is just so amazing, this is stunning.
    Comment on my Stream

  17. Mo32144 32 months ago | reply

    You are an amazing photographer!

  18. taliesyn30 31 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot - I have used it on my blog with a Byron quote..

  19. Maz Bee 25 months ago | reply

    This is just amazing !

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