Some trees are almost anthropomorphic: we search for familiar features where none truly exist. This is a phenomenon psychologists call pareidolia; the human eye fashions a simulacrum to conform to patterns it has previously recognised. Am I alone in seeing one of Middle Earth’s Ents here?

This hollow tree, on the Dinefwr Estate in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire has had a rudimentary seat with handholds fashioned on the other side



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