The tree in the forest

The tree in the forest

by OLIVER STALLWOOD

Giant oak: The Hurricane Tree won The World In Our Hands section of the international photography competition

From the sky, it looks just like a giant oak tree lying on its side.

Gallery: Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year

But this fascinating image is partly down to nature and partly made by man.

The remarkable shape of trunk, branches and foliage was created by a combination of storm damage and scars left on the landscape by forestry machinery used to retrieve logs.

Swedish photographer Jocke Bergland took the shot while flying over Sweden documenting damage in the wake of Hurricane Gudrun in January last year. Read more

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