Tree Medusa

A few photos I set aside of the horse chestnut tree in Dunedin Botanic Garden because they made me think of Medusa. The first day I stood under the tree I thought of Medusa and when I published my initial post Ann Mackay confirmed the same thing so I thought I’d do a ‘Medusa’ post at some stage! ~photos taken 12 May. New Zealand.

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There’s a sign about it being an old tree and not to climb on it.

Some of the branches are amazingly long and lanky.


The shadows added so much more to the scene.

If you like Medusa imagery there’s a fabulous River Medusa artwork in the entrance to Eastern Southland Art Gallery in Gore, Southland. The link is to a post that I published 01 Sept 2019.

Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

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  1. It’s an amazing snaky tree! I can really see the temptation that kids would feel to climb it and I’ll bet that quite a few have done so in the past. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes I’m sure they have, not to mention university students and others. The curator told me the sign is surprisingly effective in reducing people causing a problem so that’s good news.

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    1. I like looking at photos of snakes but seeing we don’t have them in NZ, I’d be terrified walking in the wilds of places that do … I’d likely not see them ’cause I wouldn’t know where they hang out 😦


    1. I don’t know how effective the sign is. The tree is not near the cafe and duck pond where families tend to hang out. If the problem is university students and/or other adults fooling around then the sign may help!

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    2. Updated answer Ellen! I just walked through that area and met the curator who was doing some edge trimming. She said the sign is surprisingly effective in deterring many of the children, and adults, from getting on (and swinging from) the branches. Also she told me they don’t know the exact age of the tree but at least 150 yo πŸ™‚

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  2. I love this tree, Liz, and like the way that you captured shots from multiple angles. As you noted, the shadows are really cool and add a lot of visual interest to quite a number of the images. “Medusa” is a great name for it. πŸ™‚

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    1. Awesome tree and especially so on this lovely bright morning when the previous day had been grey and rainy. Dramatic difference with the addition of brightness and shadows! πŸ™‚


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