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Trees

The Tree on the Corner

The Cardboard Forest

Scattered Leaves

Behind Bars

Just One Tree

Uphill and Down

Personal Space

A Grand Oak Tree

The Oldest Tree In Paris

Shades of Autumn

Riverside Gold

Gold on Grey

Forest Harvest

Fresh, wild chestnuts gathered in the forest at Fontainebleau, ready for roasting. Continue reading “Forest Harvest”

Leaf Light 2

Forest Textures

Leaf Light

Tree Shadows

Dappled, late afternoon sunshine highlights the layered bark of a plane tree.

The Turning of the Year

Conkers

The polished mahogany of new conkers, just out of the case, Continue reading “Conkers”

Parisian Trees

Tree of Heaven

‘There’s a tree that grows in Brooklyn. Some people call it the Tree of Heaven. No matter where its seed falls, it makes a tree which struggles to reach the sky. It grows in boarded up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps. It grows up out of cellar gratings. It is the only tree that grows out of cement. It grows lushly…survives without sun, water, and seemingly earth. It would be considered beautiful except that there are too many of it.’

Betty Smith, 1943

from ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’

The Right Response to Trees

‘The right response to trees is simply to lie back and enjoy them.  They do exactly what the myth-makers have been telling us these past few thousand years.  They are indeed compounded .. of air, water, earth and fire.  They build themselves from carbon, which they get almost entirely from the air as CO2 and from minerals which they drag from the earth.  They need water, of course, because nothing lives without it; and they are powered by the Sun, which is a very peculiar kind of fire, but is fiery nonetheless.  They do bind the earth to the sky, as the Vikings said.’

Colin Tudge, 2010

in ‘Nature Tales’

Street Trees

In a Green Shade

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