Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Following a tree

It's been a very long time since I wrote anything about the tree I am following.  Back at the beginning of the year I joined with others over at Loose and Leafy  and agreed to follow the life of a tree for a year. Over the past few months I have continued to keep and eye on it. Last time I shared any pictures with you the leaves were all fully out and the CowParsley was flowering. Where does the time go?


 In July when we had such heavy rain and flooding I rushed down the lane to make sure that the tree hadn't suffered in the floods. Luckily it hadn't suffered much and I expect it has experienced many floods like this in it's lifetime.

Part of the bark
I have attempted to take quite a few photographs of the bark, but the colour doesn't seem to come out well in the photos. Any hints how to get a good photo of the bark would be greatly received!


The willow tree is on the top left of the picture, to the right in the distance is the village church.


I have taken the tree at dusk and the other morning I managed to capture it as the sun rose over the horizon.


 Stinging nettles and Himalayan Balsam have grown around its feet and some branches are already bare of leaves.


If you would like to see other pictures of the willow there is a separate tab at the top of the page.

Sarah x

20 comments:

  1. Very taking and precious, Sarah! I too love trees and I have some treet mates I follow too! My dad was a forester and our family always had the eye for trees! Thanks for sharing! Christa

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  2. Trees are very special to me I always feel they must have so many secrets to tell
    Lovely post Sarah, have a wonderful week
    Thea x

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  3. GOod evening Sarah!

    Oh this is so beautiful and very much like where I live; we have many lakes and there are many trees that look like this, reaching into the water. I hope you are having a splendid week! Anita

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  4. Hello Sarah, I just caught up on all your posts about this amazing tree. That undulating trunk and the way part of it skims along the water before reaching up and sending its branches high is quite remarkable. I also enjoyed your little video of the River Jordan...lovely birdsong and trickling water! You live in a beautiful place.

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  5. I love the way you are recording this tree with all of its surroundings. I do not see any problems with the colours you have got on the bark, I can see different blues, greens, greys and browns, beautifully captured.

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    1. Thanks Rosemary, the colours always seem to look washed on in the photos compared with the real thing!
      sARAH X

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  6. what`s the little stream the tree is over freshwater seawater?

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    1. It's the River Jordan that follows down from the chalk downs above Sutton Poyntz and enters the sea at Bowleaze Cove.
      Sarah x

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  7. What a wonderfully sculptural tree - Willows do tend to have a habit of twisting and turning about and although often seen precociously growing out of a stream bank they are very sturdy little trees. After 8 years observing and caring for the trees in our little wood I know the life cycle of each one intimately now - I was only sorry that we lost so many last winter. x

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  8. what a pretty area. love your photos and the tree!
    x

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  9. This is a very special tree! Just had a look at your whole series. Very fascinating! It is a tree you just can't pass without taking a look at it the way it's bent towards the water. I have never seen anything like it.
    Bye,
    Marian

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  10. A perfectly majestic tree! I 'follow' the cherry tree in my own garden, it's a great tree, there's always something interesting going on in it, squirrels, birds and all the local cats play on its branches! Ada :)

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  11. Hello Sarah. Just came over from my friend Sara's. Love that tree (and Dorset) and can imagine decades of children climbing over it.

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  12. That's an interesting challenge Sarah. Something I'd like to do is to photograph the same place over a year to then see how it changes with the seasons. Maybe I'll start in January. How long have you been following your tree for?

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    1. Hi Paula I have been following the tree since February. I have really enjoyed following it and notice the small changes and would recommend it.
      Sarah x

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  13. That looks like such a brilliant tree for children to play on - I wouldn't be able to resist either!

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  14. What a lovely and interesting challenge Sarah..
    I also love trees and always imagine what secrets they could tell.
    Hubbie and I do a special walk most Sundays weather permitting to see our tree.
    It is at the approach to our local Furness Abbey, we can't quite grasp the magnificence of its roots and branches.
    Lovely pictures as always.
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Love Maria x

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  15. trees are so interesting....think I am a tree hugger!
    love the one you have decided to follow. xxx

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  16. What a gorgeous tree!! And - I've been photographing the same little pond for years now throughout many seasons of change. Always something new and different to be found.

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  17. What a wonderful idea and how beautifully you follow and observe this tree. Lovely to focus in on one thing in a world gone mad with clutter:~)

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