A gnarled tree grows from a limestone pavement near Malham
A lone twisted, gnarled native Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) tree grows out of the edge of the limestone pavement of New Close above Gordale Scar, near Malham, North Yorkshire.
Limestone pavements were formed during the last Ice Age when moving glaciers scoured bare the surface of the underlying limestone bedrock. The classic pattern of clints (blocks) and grikes (fissures) has been formed by the action of rain and frost acting on the permeable rock over millennia.
Date taken: 01 May 2013.