* Photographing Odd Trees
What are Odd Trees?
Odd trees are trees that will arouse the imagination of the people watching them. If trees could speak, they all have tales to tell, sometimes funny, sometimes sad. I just love to photograph trees and on my trips throughout my country I often come across trees which are 'out of the ordinary' so to speak. Trees are just like humans, they get their genes from their ancestors and will be formed by their environment until they die, except they have no voice to pass on their tales.
In this article I gave 'my' Odd Trees a name and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
The Deceptive Tree
The Deceptive tree
Definition of Deceptive according to the Merriam Webster:
"Intended to make someone believe something that is not true"
At first glance you might think, well that's a tree, but it looks a bit odd and you're totally right.
It is an odd looking tree, because it isn't a single tree. It's a rotated picture of small trees and bushes at the border of a stream, reflecting in the water as you can see in the second photo.
When I was editing this photo I accidentally rotated it and then I saw this 'tree' appearing. It's just a little joke, but it has set a whole lot of people on the wrong foot.
The Dating Tree
The Dating Birch tree
How often did you carve your name in a tree?
I think most of us did it once - carving our name in a tree - at one point in our life. I came across this Birch tree on one of my trips through my country on a car stop along the highway.
Though I don't like to hurt trees, this one has turned its carvings into a beautiful art object. I found carvings from 20+ years ago.
Have you ever carved your name in a tree?
The Bottle Cleaner Tree
The Bottle Cleaner Poplar Tree
I thought these trees look funny
On one of my trips I came across these funny shaped poplars. I really don't know why they grew this way, but to me they looked like those long 'hairy' bottle cleaners.
Poplars are popular where I live
The area I live in used to be water in the old days and bit by bit the farmers gained land by building dykes and pumping out the water. They planted trees on those dykes to keep the soil (heavy clay) from running. Most of the time it were Poplars and some were treated as pollard willows. Cutting the young trees at a certain height, only leaving the branches on the top to grow and remove all the sprouts below those on the top. Every 3 - 5 years they chop off all the branches and new ones will grow back.
The Hotel Tree
The Willow Woodpecker Tree
Woodpeckers love dead trees
We have a lot of woodpeckers overhere who love to make their nests in dead trees. We hear them all the time. In winter they come eat my peanuts.
Spotted Woodpecker eating peanuts
They don't remove dead trees where I live
In my neck of the woods we have a lot of pollard willows and sometimes they just die and then they just leave them stand there.
Dead trees have their role in nature too. They provide food and housing to all kind of birds and critters. Nature will take its course and will bring dead trees back to dust eventually.
I think dead trees are beautiful too.
Dead Pollard Willow
The Cemetary Tree
The Majestic Cemetary Beech tree
If trees could tell tales
Guarding the dead
beyond our own lifetime,
embracing the graves -
How many tears
have feed this giant
and how many shoulders
did he support.
If trees could tell tales,
we would have a library
full of memories -
from the past.
The Out of Place Walnut Tree
The Out of Place Walnut tree
The out of place tree is growing in the ditch
It's just an ordinary young walnut tree, but it grew from a walnut and it's growing in the wrong place, in the ditch. It can't stay there, because ever so often they have to mechanically clean the ditch. We chopped it off, but it has grown back and one early morning in Spring, when the new leaves had just come out, there was this beautiful orange sunlight.
I just had to take a photo and I'm glad I did, because this tree will have to go.
The Golf Player Tree
Funny things happen in trees occasionally
The War Tree
The War Zone Tree
A bullet in a tree?
It may well be that it is my imagination that this is a bullet, shot into a tree. I've never seen a bullet in a tree and to be frank, I've never seen a bullet up close other than on the telly.
However, I like to thing that this bullet was shot in this tree, somewhere down history lane.
I found this 'bullet' in a little place called Schoonoord, up North in the province Drenthe in The Netherlands.
I was just exploring the bask of this huge tree through the eye of my camera to see if there was anything photogenetic for me to take pictures of, like the little ladybird I found on there.
Do you think it's a bullet?
The Scientific Tree
Amazing things about trees
The Twin Pollard Willow Trees
The Double Row Pollard Willow Trees
Pollard Willows in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen
Zeeuws-Vlaanderen is the lower part of the province Zeeland in The Netherlands. In the South bordered to Belgium, in the North bordered by the Sea arm Westerschelde.
In the old days willows were planted as a border around the farm and it's coppice was used in many ways. Because the branches are growing rather straight, they were used as poles to fence in a meadow. Or the wood was used to make the stems on a hayfork.
Or it was used - as we still do - to burn the wood stove. We don't have central heating in our little farmhouse. We burn a wood stove and a coal stove in winter. We have pollard willows all around our garden and meadows.
The Cat Tree
The Blind Cat Kyra's Favorite Tree
Blind Cat Kyra
My blind cat Kyra, who passed away a few years ago at the age of 19 years old, had found this place all by herself. I guess she must've stumbled upon the tree at one time and just climbed it to the top. In summer it was her favorite resting place.
The Self Supporting Tree
The Self-Supporting Tree
I don't know what tree this is
This tree is standing in the Heath fields up North in my country. It's one of the most beautiful trees I've ever seen.
This photo was taken in February (Winter) and you can see clearly his 'skeleton' of branches, reaching all the way around to the ground as if they were supporting this giant.
He must be rather old and in summer when he's full in leaves, he will provide a much needed shadowed place to rest for the big herd of sheep that's wandering in his area.
The Impressive Tree
The Guidance Tree
The Long armed Pear tree
The Decorative House Tree
Driving through the beautiful Province Limburg in the South-East of The Netherlands one early morning on my way to a sheep inspection, I crossed a litte village. I forgot its name, but one house in that village got my attention and I stopped and took some photos.
The Decorative House Tree was a trained pear tree, rather young I guess looking at his narrow stem. Nevertheless he was proudly wearing his fruits.
© 2014 Titia Geertman