Yesterday when I went for a run I heard the skylark for the third time and also saw lapwings for the third time this season, so it must be spring, which some flowers also indicated.
Having nearly finished my morning exercise I simply had to stop at that tree. I was well equipped for the occasion; I was not only wearing (clipped on) my iPod Shuffle with a magical mix of music - James Morrison, Oasis, Seasick Steve, Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae and Adele, but I had my camera!
I examined the rim again, more thoroughly this time, and could not find any crack, split or obvious welding. It was just a little buckled at one point. I tried to pull it against the tree to see if there was any hidden opening; I twisted it and pulled, twisted it and pulled, many times. Nothing! I simply could not figure out how the heck it had ended up like that.
There was no corrosion, because it was made of non-corrosive light metal. Had the tree had time to grow so tall from a time when such wheel rims were manufactured? I do not know. I cannot believe it is not a practical joke of some kind, but I cannot figure out how it has been done. To show you how tall the tree is I used my camera, and can now show you a 40-second video clip. See for yourself, what solution is there to this impossibility?