Big feet, small faces

This old bruiser of a tree sits in the field opposite our home; when I first looked all I could see were big clubbed feet but the longer I stare, the more small faces start creeping out of the woodwork. There is one particularly nasty one lurking deep in the dark shadows and the Cheshire Cat is peeping around the corner – can you see them or have I been overdosing on the Amarone? This post is inspired by Malin’s love of trees and her fabulous photographic blog at Malin H Photography:

Fearsome tree(click on the image to enlarge)



  1. Cindi · November 29, 2013

    Oh wow. You’re right. (And since I found your blog through Malin’s blog, I think you’re right about that, too.)

  2. safia · November 30, 2013

    Yes, I can see them – there’s one in particular I kept returning to – a guy saying ‘oh… how did I get stuck here?’ or whistling perhaps! Sorry, I gave up on the Cheshire cat. 🙂 But there’s a bat crawling out of a small hollow on the left.

    • northumbrianlight · November 30, 2013

      Wonderful Safia – the more you stare/drink the more there is 🙂 I will keep looking for that bat. The Cheshire Cat is still there but in true Alice style it is beginning to fade:
      Alice: Why, why you’re a cat!
      Cheshire Cat: A Cheshire Cat. [starts to disappear] All mimsy were the borogroves…
      Alice: Oh, wait! Don’t go, please!
      Cheshire Cat: [reappears] There you are! Third chorus…
      Alice: Oh, no, no. Thank you, but I just wanted to ask which way i ought to go.
      Cheshire Cat: Well that depends on where you ought to get to.

  3. LaVagabonde · November 30, 2013

    I can see the sinister one in the depths, but not the Cheshire cat. That Amarone must be potent. 😉

    • northumbrianlight · November 30, 2013

      It is wonderful stuff….it introduces you to people and places you would otherwise never have dreamed of 🙂

  4. greenmackenzie · November 30, 2013

    I love the Cheshire Cat, and what a busy tree….so filled with faces it’s hard to know where to start!

    • northumbrianlight · November 30, 2013

      Glad you could see it…….and the more you drink the more there are 🙂

  5. Tish Farrell · November 30, 2013

    I’m thinking of the scary scenes in Sleepy Hollow where the whatsit horseman (Christopher Walken) bursts out of the tree roots, and there’s all sorts of gruesome remains inside. Thank you for that, Robin!!!

    • northumbrianlight · November 30, 2013

      Always happy to oblige Tish 🙂 I think Christopher Walken would be scary standing in the check-out queue at Tesco.

      • Tish Farrell · December 1, 2013

        Yes, you’re right. Have now remembered that he was a Hessian Horseman. I think he could well live in your tree.

  6. socialbridge · December 3, 2013

    Magic! I just love the way trees present all sorts of patterns, faces and especially eyes.

    • northumbrianlight · December 3, 2013

      Glad you liked it – I think this one might be a grumpy old ent.

  7. Malin H · December 6, 2013

    Oh, Robin… Beautiful! I really like this one. And a big thank you!

    • northumbrianlight · December 6, 2013

      Many thanks Malin – inspired by but nothing like as good as your work.

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