The roots of this small beech tree looked like giant prehistoric feet on this mountain forest path.
This image is also available on colour, but I really like the monochrome version because this emphasizes the prehistoric mood of this photograph. This huge claw was the root system of a tiny tree, which is amazing when you think about it. It had such a slender trunk and yet, this root system looked ancient and enormous. It was situated on the edge of a mountain woodland and after this there are soon no trees to be found and you enter the world of bare rocks with lichen. I love how this transition from trees to rocks is captured in this photograph, with the tree doing its best to grow on top of these rocks.
This artworks is offered by Ellen Borggreve
Ellen Borggreve is a landscape photographer and author of Woodscapes and Praxisbuch Wälder fotografieren, among others. She was born and raised in the woods of the Veluwe where her love for trees originated. Besides forests she also likes to photograph Dutch coastal scenes.
The focus is on tranquil scenes that seem to lie outside everyday reality, without people in the picture, with subjects that are about to disappear often being the subject. The fleeting patterns in the sand, but especially old forest giants that are disappearing at breakneck speed due to climate change.
Ellen is an awarded photographer at 1x and was named one of the world's best landscape photographers by Photoblog in 2019. Her work has been published in books, Nature Photography Magazine, Focus, Landscape Photography Magazine, On Landscape and many other publications. She shares her knowledge gained during her long career as a soft sculpture artist and designer combined with over 40 years of experience in photography in the many articles she writes for Landscape Photography Magazine and also her own blog. She also enjoys teaching where she puts the individual vision of photographers first.
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