Friday, 25 January 2013

Winter trees

The trees may be devoid of leaves but there is still a beauty to their structure particularly against the bluest of skies. I find so often one or two pictures will provide the inspiration for a post.We were recently out on a walk, with camera in hand and each tree we passed seem to say "photograph me,"so that's exactly what we did!





The rolling Dorset countryside in its winter glory



The path had turned into a stream with all the rain we have been having.





This is the last visit to the willow tree that I have been following for the past year with Lucy at Loose and leafy. For earlier visits see my tab at the top of the page. I was hoping to capture a picture with the tree covered in snow, but alas it was not to be. If you look carefully you might see a slight covering of snow on the distant hills!




I hadn't walked this way for a while as it has been too cold and I was surprised to see one of the huge branches, which on my first visit contained a garden table has been cut down. I expect this is because with all the rain we have had in the past year there was a likelyhood of the branches blocking the stream. The tree looks rather ugly now but I'm sure new branches will sprout in the spring.


I found this video that fits in with this posts theme. The Winter Willow poem was written by William Barnes (1801-1886) in Dorset dialect and  was put to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). around 1903. William Barnes was born in Dorset and spent most of his life here, he was a minister in a country parish and wrote about country life and local scenery.

The pictures the accompany the music are obviously not local, but remind me of the wonderful winter pictures I have seen in blogs this past week.


Welcome to new follower XinHui Sin Hui from Octavia dont spy. Wishing you all a very good weekend.
Sarah x

39 comments:

  1. I really enjoy going on your walks! Beautiful photos as usual. On the rolling Dorset hills, are the fields for crops or grazing? They sure are lovely. X

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    1. Hi Janice I think the fields will be mainly for grazing or hay. Sarah x

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  2. Liebe, kleine Meerjungfrau,
    das sind traumhafte Bilder, der Himmel sooooo blau, so wunderschöne Bäume (du mußt wissen, wir haben beruflich mit Bäumen zu tun), ich liebe alte Bäume. Wundervolle Eindrücke einer wundervollen Landschaft - Downton Abbey Country, ha, ha!
    Muß mir alles noch einmal in Ruhe anschauen und genießen.
    Apropos Bäume, ich habe ein englisches Geschirr, Real Old Willow heißt es, kennst du es, ich liebe es!

    Hab ein schönes Wochenende, liebe, gute Grüße an deinen Mann!
    Alles Liebe wünscht die Babsi

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    1. Hi Babsi,
      I love blue and white china and the Willow pattern is one of my favourites too.
      Sarah x

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  3. Even without leaves, the skeletons of winter are glorious because they promise something: LIFE in the spring. Thank you dear Sarah for this glorious winter walk! Anita

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  4. Hello Sarah - you always show a photo that captures me, and this time it is the beautiful rolling Dorset hills, with those beautiful shadows playing on the landscape.

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  5. I love trees and I love to photograph them no matter the season. Your photos are beautiful and I especially like the 2 first ones.

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  6. I love the winter skyline too, especially on a sunny day.

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  7. Hello Sarah:
    Mature trees are so majestic and these photographs capture their magnificence against the wonderfully blue sky. We always thought in our gardening days that trees were the purest form of gardening and once they grow to maturity, really anything else is not needed we think.

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  8. Beautiful pictures and a magnificent rolling countryside as you call it, pretty in any season. Must have been strange to see a branch of the willow tree had been cut but I'm sure new branches will take its place. Recently a whole bunch of large trees were cut down not far from here, where I pass by car every day. I always loved that particular part of the road just because of the trees. When passing there I always had the idea I was in the Ardens for just a second. Now, all trees are gone, and it's really weird. We don't have many forests or trees left over here as it is. Thank you for sharing beautiful Dorset with us all!
    Bye,
    Marian

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  9. I love trees and especially in the winter. Have a lovely weekend with lots of walks...Jolanda

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  10. Gosh I was really surprised to see green in your pictures! We've been under snow for two weeks,and it's snowing heavily at the moment, so I have got used to a white world (all overcast skies lately, as well as the snow!). We're in for a thaw this weekend so the white will all be disappearing shortly. I really enjoyed your winter tree photos - it was quite nice to see some green and blue!

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  11. They are so beautiful, full of magic and majesty, our lungs of the earth
    Thank you for shaing
    Thea x

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  12. I think trees either bare or budding or in full leaf are things of beauty and the winter landscape has a charm of its own. Suzy x

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  13. Beautiful post, love the video I am a big RVWilliams fan. Thanks for sharing it. X

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  14. Stunning photos Sarah. I love how winter trees frame the landscape behind them with their bare branches and rugged trunks.
    Patricia x

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  15. I loved this journey to the trees. I love trees and their story.. Kind of like the SEA it speaks to me ......... Have a blessed weekend

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  16. Dear Sarah,

    Loved seeing the beautiful photos around Dorset - the bare trees, the blue skies and the rolling countryside are wonderful. Always great going out for your walk with a camera at the ready.

    Have a great weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  17. Lovely to see some green countryside and even some sun at this time of year. We still have loads of snow everywhere. xx

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  18. I love the 3rd photo - that cold sky and long shadows - beautiful!

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  19. Wow ......what a gorgeous blue sky in the first couple of photo's.
    Annie x

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  20. I always enjoy the pictures from your walks in the countryside. It is so surprising to see all the green in the pictures! Even if we didn't have snow covering the ground, things would be all brown and dead looking here.

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  21. The tree photo would make a good painting subject. Photos are wonderful. You are blessed to be surrounded by green lush landscape. Enjoy your weekend.

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  22. Green fields...how lovely, everything's white here! :) x

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  23. Trees with leaves on are just trees, but when they re stripped clean you can see the real character of each tree. Lovely pictures of your walk x

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  24. What a lovely part of the world you live in, such pretty views.

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  25. These are such beautiful photographs. Things stay so green there, even in the depths of winter. So different from here where every blade of grass is brown in hibernation.

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  26. I adore the simple beauty of naked winter trees too. And that photo of the road with snow all around it in your previous post. Lovely lovely!

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  27. Hi dear Sarah,
    oh, I also love the look of the naked trees in winter, your photos are absolutely lovely!
    Hope you enjoy the winter!
    Bine

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  28. Sarah!

    GOOD TO SEE YOU! AND that doggy in the basket is my sweet Balzac, a fox terrier that I once had. We still sail together in my heart! I must learn to draw WESTIES!

    Have a glorious week! Anita

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  29. Your corner of Dorset looks not unlike our corner of Wales, and our snow has gone too. All we have left is puddles!

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  30. ~ They are just resting, Sarah, and I agree the beauty is for us all to still see...Each morning on my way to work, I walk through my local park.....All ready I can see the beginnings of spring..I am trying hard to enjoy winter and all her beauty! Love Maria x

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  31. I enjoyed your walk much. I also love to photograph trees. Very nice photos.
    Have a nice day
    Alfi

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  32. Hello Sarah,
    Thank you for your nice comment. It took me about four hours. I start by what papers or stamp set I want to used then look through my papers, inks, dies cuts and embellishments that I may want to use on my cards or photo layouts. Then I put them in containers and then I start to play. There are cards that I do not like and they end up in the trash. It is just paper and it is fun to play and see what I can come up with.
    I have a paper pad that I hope to start playing with soon.
    Have a wonderful day.

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  33. thank you dear!
    i love ur blog so muchie=)
    and wish u have a good day ahead <3

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  34. I love trees - could hug each and every one I pass. They just smell so divine and feel good and strong.

    Nina x

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  35. Absolutely beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing!

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  36. Lovely pictures. Lovely trees. Lovely countryside!

    Will you be continuing with this tree during 2013? A different tree? A forest?

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  37. "All trees are alive, I know, as miraculously alive as any other living creature, but some trees seem to have an added depth in their living, just as saints have." --Elizabeth Goudge, The Joy of the Snow.

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