Monday, March 30, 2009

I'M STUMPED! - MONOCHROME ODD SHOTS

When wood a tree trunk be called a stump?

Monochrome Odd Shots


Stump - What remains after of the tree trunk and roots after the top section of the tree has been felled. Ok that makes sense. Pretty straightforward so far. Can someone explain to me then what they think has happened here? I came across this stump/trunk in the heavily wooded area of the nature reserve. This was a close as I could get but all around seemed untouched apart from this one tree which stuck out like a sore thumb with it's top lobbed off. I checked the area around it and as you can see the foliage around is undisturbed. So not only why would this have been done, but how. I assume it's those corn circle aliens or possibly the Manx Fairies lopping off tree tops to make fairy furniture or something. So until someone has a rational, practical explanation I will as they say print the myth. I know the truth will be fairly innocuous and the reason why it was done so mundane, but in keeping with the island being all myth and legend hiding under shrouded cloaks(fog, nothing more, than fog) thieving mermaids, barmy witches and cheeky fairies I just have to play along with the spooky tale.



This is not the only odd shot I have found in the woodlands of the reserve though So maybe it's not such a fishy tale after all. You may remember, click red below,

Welcome to the Deadwood Family Reunion
I never did find out who put the paper there, and how they got up there without being either a giant or someone who carried step ladders around with them at all times. Such is island life.


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41 comments:

Kitty said...

Here's my tuppence-worth: the tree was rotten and a danger to the public. The forestry commission came along and cut the top off using a cherry-picker to stand on...and that's as far I get.

starnitesky said...

I agree with Kitty - a good explanation. As to the newspaper maybe someone else in a cherry-picker!

Brian Miller said...

great pic. reminds me of Andy Grifith.

Babooshka said...

Good idea, but the pathways are too narrow to get a cherry-picker in there. "Curiouser and curiouser" said Alice.

Virginia said...

B
If you're stumped, I'm stumped! HAR
V

Carver said...

I love this shot. Not sure why it would be like that in a nature reserve. I have had some damaged trees removed at my house and didn't want to pay to get the stump removed, it's more. So I asked them to keep it tall enough so I wouldn't miss it as I didn't want to trip over low stumps that would get covered by ground covers and leaves.

Mojo said...

Welllll.... it appears as though your stump's been there a while, so perhaps the surrounding foliage grew up around it post-decapitation? Scruffy brush like that takes no time at all to spring up, and this tree looks like it's been down for a few years at least. Plenty of time for the lower-lying brush to take over.

Circle of life and all that.

Second possible explanation is that it's not actually standing where it grew and in fact isn't a stump at all but a section of a trunk stood on its end to mark a path for the faeries and trolls and sprites and nymphs and other mystical folk.

Or as a practical joke.

Kaye said...

It is not the same tree as the reunion is it? That would be too odd. I have a theory you pay people to plant newspapers and chop tops off trees and paint there house purple to have funny photos. Lol/xx

Kaye

bettyl said...

I think it was lightning that wasn't in a hurry.

Jacob said...

Well, I wood have known the answer until you asked the question. My mind woodn't work any more and now I'm stumped!

Jim said...

I am with Virginia and Jacob...

Joe Narvaez said...

I'm stumped as well... but good mono concept!

Aileni said...

Looks as if it is reaching a claw out to nip off the whipper-snapper beside it.
When the chainsaw man cut it rom his platform another machine - with a claw - held up the bulk of the victim.

Tim said...

Mad as ever Babs.

Anonymous said...

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RuneE said...

Someone above said it; The stump is old and the surrounding growth is fairly new. The trunk was removed and the stump was left at that size as a mark for the UFO enthusiasts to start a new urban myth.

Greyscale Territory said...

Who would guess that an ordinary, old, ugly, unartistic tree stump could stimulate so much imaginative dialogue! Now that's a real odd shot with echoes!

vincibene said...

Beautiful picture!

Gattina said...

Maybe somebody needed wood for his open fire ?? Looks a little forlorn amongst the bushes.

Dina ... UK said...

It is obvious?
It is a fairy reception table,
There is going to be a fairy gathering.... :-)

Catherine said...

I enter in your game with odd Manx legend because when I visit your blog that's what I'm expecting. Legend with marvelous illustrations. .....And sense of humour.

Bibi said...

I am stumped by this stump. Good shot for a brain-teaser.

magiceye said...

loved the caption and the pic!

Greensboro Daily Photo said...

Love the way you were able to combine Monochrome Monday and Odd shots!

Dragonstar said...

Very strange! Makes a fascinating shot though.

Gypsy at heart said...

I must agree with Mojo. I just wonder why the stump / trunk was left so tall. A table for tall fairies?

http://wanderingwonderinggypsy.blogspot.com/

Mo said...

Needed topping but that was as high as the dwrf could reach

Robin said...

I vote for barmy witches. A tree that big would be much too large to be any use for fairy furniture ;-).

Carolina said...

Great play on words here you clever woman! I like the idea of fairies making their furniture, so I will not bother thinking of a rational explanation.
The paper made me wonder too. But fairies probably like to know what's happening arount them too, so...one of them dropped it there?

Daryl said...

I guess they thought it was dead but its not ... its the Carrie of stumps

marley said...

I'm stumped too! But it doesn't take much :)

John said...

Well observed and captured.
This is an odd shot. :)

Pam said...

It's a mystery for sure.

Mariz said...

I'm stumped too, i'll just stick with your theory. Great photo.

Btw, is it possible to exchange links with you? I really like your site. I have already added your link to my Hall of Faves (@ Mix Pix).

raf said...

I think Mojo nailed it in his second explanation above. From all I've learned on your blog, Baboosh, is that on the Isle of Man, any of the above explanations are possible. Fun Odd Shot today, Baboosh!

sunnymama said...

Great picture! Interesting to read what you wrote about it too.

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Great odd/mono shot.. It is a funny place to cut.lol
I do enjoy reading your words/theories with your photo's. :-)

becky aka theRAV said...

When I read the first word in your story, "stump", I cracked up! Good one. Thanks for the laugh.

Nancy said...

Hello Baboosh from San Diego, California. The "subject" of my post today orginated from Ramsey!

esnorway said...

nice shoot

Snapshutter said...

Hehe, such a clever play on words.

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