These images were photographed near the camellias, in the same woodland garden corner of our backyard. They are traces of a huge multi-trunked maple tree (we have some giants on the west coast) that had to be cut down some 15 years ago because of rot and concern that it might come down on our house in a windstorm.
As long as we've lived here, the trunk's base has had a hollow or small 'cave' under the roots on one side where they spread upwards and over a tiny hill. Big enough for a raccoon though I've never seen evidence of a nest, it continues to intrigue and stoke my imagination. I keep checking on it as the trunk ever so very slowly rots away. I love the textures! I think this may be the first time I've actually taken photos of it for posterity though it's permanently in my mental image bank.