A few weeks ago I went out collecting yamadori trees with a few friends.
This location is at the northern outskirts of Helsinki, Finland, in a clearing under some powerlines. We had permission from the land owner to dig there.
Originally I didn't mean to get anything for myself but eventually I spotted an interesting Norway maple (Acer platanoides).
Image 1. Somewhere in Helsinki under powerlines.
Image 2. The area had many very interesting wych elms
Image 6. We broke a shovel.
Image 7. The electric reciprocating saw made short work of the thicker roots.
Image 8. Two very thick and massive elms right next to each other. We only dug up on.
Image 9. This one isn't one of the above, it was ways off somewhere.
Image 10. Almost done. We cut roots off this beast for most of the afternoon.
Image 11. It's finally loose. Wrapping the rootball in a tarp.
Image 12. This is the Norway maple that I took home.
I carved away some of that rotten deadwood visible in the middle of the above image. It revealed a pretty interesting, large hollow. I meant to take a picture of the hollow but the memory card port on my camera seems to have died.