A few nights ago I happened upon a striking sight on a walk. Beside a road an aging tree loomed out of the darkness. Much of the tree had died off but some life still remained and was portrayed by clusters of leaves. The effect was feeling like I had walked into a set from Lord of the Rings. I can imagine such a tree could have been the inspiration for Tolkien's Ents.
It also left me in mind of an image called Dalkeith Park Oak by artist & illustrator Sav Scatola , here is a link for your interest www.boxy.co.uk
Given the rough grassland around it and the abundance of field voles in the area, the tree could easily make a superb vantage point for the barn owls we have in these parts.