Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist (in the Trees)

I have digressed into the theme of incense and smoke, a subject which I will return in due course.

But for now, I need to catch up finishing my series of Twist for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

I have two more photos to show; both taken near my home.

The first one is a tree which sheds all its leave in Autumn and fully covered with green foliage in the Summer.CIMG3003

The bare tree has branches which are sort of twisted.

The second one is located in the Country Park I used to hike.CIMG1202

This is a type of vine with many twists. One just wonders how it can suspend itself between two trees and why the vine is in a twisted form.

In Chinese, this type of vine is known as the Flying Dragon; surely, it didn’t fly from one tree to another!



22 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist (in the Trees)

  1. The tree that sheds it’s leaves in the fall is like our deciduous trees here in North American. The other tree with the twisting limb looks most interesting.

    • I think it is a very lengthy process, involving the vine supported and crawled on the ground, then attached and came up the other tree etc. This is my pure guess!

  2. I wonder if the flying Dragon’s twist and turns also have something to do with the dappling of the light that is caused by the canopy above? Periods of bright light will cause upturns of the vine and periods of shade will result in down-turns? I’m not very good at botany, this is just a guess. What wonderful pictures, one can image them as a background to a fairy or folk tale.

    • Here is one explanation:
      The vine twines because the cells on one side grow faster than the cells on the opposite side. When the growing tip of the vine touches an obstacle, such as a twig, this stimulates the cells of the vine on the side opposite the twig to grow faster than those next to the twig.

      Just fascinating!

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