Loving Trees--Autumn is the Best Time for Tree Planting
In Praise of Trees Throughout the Seasons
The purpose of this web page is to celebrate trees and to entertain you with my photographs, a poll, a traditional poem to remind you which are the best logs to burn, and some videos about identifying, grafting and, for any of you who fancy a bit of landscape art, how to paint trees.
I love to take photos of the same tree in different seasons and light.
Even the half-dead silver birch in my neighbours' garden looks beautiful - the picture above shows the tree at sunset on 18th February 2008. Sadly, it's gone now, as you'll see from the pictures below.
I'll Start With a Series of Five Photographs (Incuding the Intro Photo Above) of the Same Silver Birch Over Three Years
It looks very different as the seasons and light change
And wait for a big surprise when you see
the Fifth and Final Silver Birch photo
Dying Leaves on The Same Silver Birch - A Very Grey Day - 5th December 2007
The Snow-Laden Silver Birch Tree April 2008 - It Was a Very Cold Spring That Year
The Same Silver Birch Tree a Few Months Later Showing an Eclipse of the Moon Over London - 11th January 2009
The same tree again but a very different mood.
It was too dark to take a good photo, but the moon shining through the trees was spectacular.
And Finally The Most Recent Photo of the Silver Birch - Blown Down by the Wind in June 2011
What a sad sight, and quite a shock, I can tell you.
It wasn't even a very strong wind, but the tree was already dying, and just snapped.
Now Three Photos of Trees in Our Local Park
I love the colours and shapes
Autumn Tree in Durnsford Park, London - 19 October 2007
Autumn colours in Autumn sunlight to show them at their best
Oak Tree in Durnsford Park 19th October 2007 - The Same Oak Tree as the Oak Tree Below on the Far Right
Oak trees have such a satisfying shape.
A Row of Snow Laden Oak Trees in Durnsford Park on 6th April 2008 - Winter and Spring Embraced Each Other That Year and Winter Didn't Want to Leave
Believe it or not, this is a colour photo, not black and white - there was just no colour about that day
Two Photos of the View Beyond My Back Garden:
Silver Birch - 25th January 2007
This is the lovely view from my back garden.
The Same Silver Birch Trees, Helicopter Circling!* - 24th December 2008
* This is the first and last time in 50 years that I have seen a helicopter outside my back garden
I never did find out why it was there. Someone told me they thought it was an air ambulance, but who knows?
A Much Loved Mango Tree in About 1950
Me and my friends having fun up a mango tree in Ndola, Zambia (or Northern Rhodesia as it was then) over sixty years ago!
Where are they now, I wonder?
Amazingly, after a gap of sixty years, I found one of them via a Facebook group this year - her name and looks had changed considerably (surprise, surprise!), but I knew it was her because she mentioned a mutual friend who had lived nearby.
Have You Ever Sat Up in a Mango Tree Eating Mangoes?
Learn to Recognize Trees
And Now Several Random Photos of Trees:
Pine Trees in St Konstantine, Bulgaria - The Bulgarians Do Love Their Trees
This is the Hotel Koral Swimming Pool in St Konstantine, surrounded by pine trees. The surroundings are so beautiful that I have stayed there several times with my family - highly recommended!
A Street of Pollarded Trees at Dusk - London, 4th April 2010
Not a pretty sight, but somehow fascinating. Can you see the sunlight reflected in the windows at the end of the street?
Rhus Has the Most Vivid Red Leaves in Autumn
It brightens up a corner of my garden just as everything else is beginning to fade
The Sibley Guide to Trees - You can get this from Amazon -
Logs to Burn - A Clever and UsefulTraditional Poem
Here's How to Grow Your Own Tree
And Last But Not Least: This is One of My Favorite Photos of Autumn Trees - Taken Outside Stationers Park, London
Stationers Park, Hornsey Vale, London N8
This is a fairly small park,1.5-hectares. As from 2011, it is a winner of the Green Flag Award. and is built on the site of the former The Stationers' Company School.
You Might Enjoy the Web Page Below as It's About Trees:
- Trees in English Expressions and Sayings
Lots of illustrated English metaphors and sayings about trees: fun for native English speakers, and useful for students of English as a second language to improve their knowledge of English language.