The ground from the main road into the Common is on a slight downward slope, so I got a slightly elevated view of the tree. I’ve been that way scores of times, but today the sun is shining. Sunlight makes objects more three-dimensional, so perhaps that is why I was struck by the beauty of the tree.
When I walked close to the trunk I thought how like a hippopotamus’ foot its trunk was at the point where the trunk disappeared in to the ground. How it spread its trunk in broad ‘toes’ to take fast hold of the ground.
I touched the trunk, and how solid it felt. A quick arc of time from when it was a sapling, and through to today.
Now that I look at it in the photo, it could be standing, arms outstretched, saying – “What? So you never noticed me before?”