52 Trees – Week 3

Autumn sapling, old and young trees

It’s been a busy week and it took quite a while to shift the worst of my cold, but I did manage to get out for a short time with my camera.  I didn’t feel like going far, so it was the cemetery that called to me again, and most particularly, this little tree arrayed in its party dress of bright colours.  I liked the contrast between the sobriety of the old and twisted tree in the background, and the flirty youthfulness of this little sapling.

For those of you who might be wondering if I’ve given up writing posts on anything but trees, the answer is no, but I am finding it difficult to create the mental space to ponder on things at the moment.  I hope that’ll change soon, and I can get back to writing in more depth, but in the meantime let’s talk about trees.

And since we are, I thought I’d include a few tree-related links.  First off, in Improvised Life’s article, Jane Goodall: Trees as Shaman and Guide, you can read the moving story of the very special tree that survived 9/11.  The story is touching in itself, but what really brought the tears to my eyes was the last paragraph:

In the aftermath of the horrifying tsunami and Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in Japan, a TV crew went to document the situation. They interviewed a man who had just lost everything, not only his house and all his belongings, but his family also. The reporter asked him if he had any hope.  He turned and pointed to a cherry tree beginning to bloom. “Look there,” he said, pointing toward the new blossoms. “That’s what gives me hope.”

I also discovered this rather useful online leaf identification guide on the Forestry Commission’s website: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/treenametrail   And yes, last week’s trees are definitely limes!

Then there was this quiz: Can you Identify the UK’s Most Common Trees?  I got seven out of ten, which astonished me since I think my knowledge of tree species is pretty poor.

And finally, in the Guardian, Six of Britain’s Oldest Trees.