This is a poor picture, I only had my phone on me – sorry about that!! I’ll have to return another day with a proper camera.
The impression I get of these trees is one of sentries standing guard over whatever is at their centre, knarled fingers reaching out to catch the curious who might just wander close by. Rooted (literally of course) to the spot they cannot move from their position, nor can they turn to see what is in the centre, nor can they see the others around them.
They just stand bent outwards watching the world pass by daring it to try to break through their cordon. On closer inspection there is nothing at the centre.
Careful management has ensured that no saplings have been allowed to grow up around them, so the crop of trees behind them is not replicated here.
Perhaps whatever they stood to protect has gotten bored and moved off…
I guess I hope I never get quite so ‘rooted’ to any one spot!!