Monday, 12 January 2015

TREE FOLLOWING - January 2015

I have started to walk daily and chose a regular route as this will help me establish a routine. I love nature and photography so it is natural to stop and take photos of things I notice on the way, such as the bark, lichen, and buds on trees.  So when I heard about Loose and Leafy I decided to join in as it will help me to maintain motivation and interest and the idea of establishing a connection with a tree appeals. But my problem was in choosing a tree as several drew my attention, so I have chosen two for very different  reasons and here they are:

.... or not so mighty in this case. The weathered appearance of this tree gives the impression that it has probably stood for many years despite its size.  

It stands on the main road, next to a bus shelter.  It was once part of the field boundary before hedges were pulled out.  I wonder if it gave natural shelter before the wooden structure was built - and if trees could talk, what stories could it tell of those of who lived here or chatted while waiting for the bus.

Many of it's limbs have been ripped by mechanical cutters. 
 But it has held on to some of its leaves.

The trunk is covered in lichen and scars.

And yet it fights on. 
There are buds, and  while this tree might be no beauty I admire its strength and perseverance.


This tree lines the driveway to a large house that stands on a hill.
The tree is second from the left and I was unsure what kind of tree it is, but when I followed my first link I found that Karen had chosen a tree that looked remarkably similar (how uncanny!) So I'm pretty sure this is a beech. If you know better, please let me know.

 It has nuts hanging from the bare branches and if the shells on the ground underneath are from the same tree they are larger than a horse chestnut.

The branches overhead make a nice silhouette.

... while nestled at the base is a small violet braving the winter weather.

The trunk has different kinds of bark.... smooth..... gnarled

 and patterned and peeling in places. 

On the same level, round the other side, it is more rugged.  I will watch this ivy as it grows, and the patterns in the bark will act as a measure. 
But I wonder if I will see the ivy make its way up the tree because it has been removed from other parts of the trunk and the
dried thread of the ivy's stem remains as a clue. 
This is obviously a tree that is cared for. 

Thank you for popping by. I'll be back with more photos next month and it's not too late if you want to follow your own tree and join in. You can find out more here

POSTSCRIPT: Joy left a comment to suggest that the tree is a London Plane. This occurred to me initially but I was confused by the nuts and London Plane is not a tree I am familiar with locally. But after looking online I think I am safe to say that that yes, it is a London Plane.....  unless you know different!


  1. Your second tree looks very much like a London Plane, at least the bark does
    Joy x x

    1. I think you could be right Joy. That's what I thought initially from the peeling bark, but I was confused by the hanging nuts. I had a look online and it looks an interesting tree to follow, the bark has amazing contrast. I think I am safe to say it is a London Plane!

  2. You've just saved me pottering off to look at pictures. In looking at the second of your trees, I too thought 'Plane'. If so, when the 'nuts' fall, I think you'll find they aren't nuts but balls of seeds - specially itchy for sticking down the collars of your friends if you are a child. Goes well with your blog name!

    I used to know rural Essex quite well. The ripping out of hedges in order to fill the fields more efficiently with crops and to make them bigger too was then still a sorrow.

    So glad you have decided to follow these trees for a year. Looking forward to finding out how they grow.

  3. The bus stop tree looks sad in comparison! Yet mother nature is keeping it alive despite all the obvious mistreatment. I asked my husband who is quite knowledgeable on nature and he agrees, the looked after tree is probably a plane.

  4. Lovely post Sandie. I love a good old gnarled tree trunk covered in lichen. Must get my 'proper' camera out and go walking. My phone camera has its uses though, on the occasions that I want a shot of something that catches my eye and my camera is at home! P x

  5. I love trees and these have such stoicism in them! It pains me to see the rough shearing though ... Looking forward to seeing them through the seasons.

  6. So glad you're joining in with this. Lovely photo and I look forward to seeing the changes over the year.

  7. Looking forward to seeing your trees through the changing seasons! Xx

  8. Great photos. The one of the oak by the bus stop makes it look very photogenic. It will be interesting to compare once it's fully leaved out.

  9. Good for you on walking! And trees are such wonderful subjects for photography and other art.


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