Thursday, 18 August 2011

I Can't See The Wood For The Trees - Sepia Saturday

"Off all the trees that grow so fair,
Old England to adorn,
Greater are none beneath the Sun
Than Oak, and Ash, and Thorn."

(from A Tree Song by Rudyard Kipling: full poem/song at Kipling)

Trees must be a favourite topic for me because this is my second post with the same title (See Thematic Photography). I make no excuse for repeating the picture of a tree that caught my eye on Tresco in the Isles of Scilly. Our children treated my wife and I to a holiday there for our golden wedding anniversary in 2008.

Tresco Tree
What few trees there are on Tresco tend to be stunted by the wind, but not those in Tresco Abbey Gardens where you can find specimens from all over the world.

Trees in Tresco Abbey Gardens
All five of us stayed at the Tresco Island Hotel where I managed to get another shot when trees were not on my mind.

Block House Point from Old Grimsby

The next land to the west of the Scillies is North America. That gives me an excuse to finish with a shot of Sam. my daughter's late dog, out in the woods and the snow.

Sam in the winter woods
Robert Frost had an approriate name for a for his poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening which ends:

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Before you sleep take a look at other trees at Sepia Saturday


Alan Burnett said...

I never realised that the Isles of Scilly actually existed (thinking merely that they were a joke in Mrs Wilson's Diary). By the look of things they look well worth investigating.

Little Nell said...

Another of my favourite places ( I’m not stalking you really). The Scillies are magical aren’t they? Once again you have some beautifully composed shots, and that last photo of Sam in the winter woods is lovely, with very apt words to accompany it.

Padmavani said...

Hello Bob

I love tress in a non-committed dormant kind of way. My favourite is the Peepal Tree. Love the new leaves, love the mature leaves and love the dried leaves as well.

It did not occur to me that trees, huge trees like the one you have photographed, can be stunted by the wind.

Thanks for sharing.

Postcardy said...

Tresco looks like a nice place for a holiday. I like being places with trees, especially if they are near water.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Oh my gosh, Bob, these are wonderful photos! What a variety of trees, and I'm thinking that you two have special kids to treat you as such for your anniversary.

Kathy M.

Murees Dupé said...

Stunning pictures. I love taking pictures of trees as well but mine are nowhere as good as yours. Great job!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Bob, I have made a separate page for my posts on McMenamins, and it is located at the top of my sidebar:

The McMenamin brothers buy up historic buildings and fix them up wonderfully to use as pubs, hotels, etc. We love them!

Kathy M.

shelly said...

You take awesome pictures.

tony said...

A Treemendous Post Bob! :)

Jinksy said...

That Robert Frost poem never fails to fill me with sadness. Luckily, your trees didn't!

Rosie said...

Just simply loved looking at your pictures Bob, great post!

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

That tree, the third down, is an amazing shape! It looks like topiary though I imagine it isn't. But I always have a special fondness for the gnarled old specimens. They've seen life.

Kristin said...

I really like the first shot of the Tresco tree by a stone wall.

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

All the many places I have seen today of Oregon make me want to visit there. Son may move there for a new job. Might get to go. This was a beautiful post and so full of new things for me.

dee-burris said...

What wonderful photos! Looks like a delightful place for a holiday. said...

Fantastic trees! Such diversity.

Tattered and Lost said...

Isn't it sad to think how much these trees suffer in silence while we go on our merry way destroying their environment. I have to say I don't believe I could ever be friends with someone who did not love trees.

I would love to see these in person.

Mike Brubaker said...

Had to look this one up, and have now marked it on my list to visit. Looks a bit like Portmeirion.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob .. my mother lived in Cornwall - her father came from St Ives .. and so we've been down there all our lives. I just love the ambience of the granite, windswept trees, and pixies peering round the undergrowth of lichens and ferns.

These photos are gorgeous ... and your first one .. amazing.

We never got to the Scilly Islands - even though the Heliport was less than a mile away!! I shall go one day .. cheers Hilary

Thanks for changing the comment box.

Caminante said...

It shows how mild the Tresco climate is, the palms and Yucca wouldn't look out of place here in Lanzarote. Nice photos


a lovely selection, but Sam steals the show!!

Southwest Arkie said...

Love your tree pics- that first one is mystical. Would love to see it in person.