Venerable Trees, Ancient Trees

The tree in the feature photo is a cherry tree in the deer park at Studley Royal. This is a shot of it in flower, as it has blossomed every year for the last four hundred years. By rights, cherry trees don’t normally live beyond thirty years old. Forty is pushing it. This tree has a pedigree, and can prove its longevity, but as you can see, it’s in quite a bad way, and may not last much longer.

Our home patch is home to many vintage specimens. Look at this oak tree about a mile from our house. It could have been pushing its first tender roots down into the soil as William the Conqueror was sailing to our shores in 1066.

Come and have a look at some of our wonderful local trees, shaping the landscape, and now accorded legal protection: a right they surely deserve.

Even when their lives are finally over, their majestic fallen trunks and branches continue to feed the earth from which they came, and the creatures who call them home.

I have probably posted one or two of these shots before. Too bad. I think these trees deserve more than fifteen minutes of fame.

For Denzil’s Nature Photo Challenge #12: Trees

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

60 thoughts on “Venerable Trees, Ancient Trees”

  1. I absolutely love trees, especially old ones and stand-alone ones. Your pictures are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for that.

    Funnily enough, I have just posted a review of a book that talks a lot about trees: The Island of the Missing Trees by Elif Şafak. I think you might like the book.

    You might also like my picture of a tree which I posted on Wordless Wednesday.

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    1. I’ve neglected you Marianne. I need to catch up. The Shafak’s on my list, but is never in stock in the library! That’s a fabulous old tree you’ve posted on Wordless Wednesday.


      1. Absolutely beautiful. It’s in the garden of the Belgian king in Brussels. He opens the gardens every spring for the public and we’ve been several times.
        And don’t worry, we all write as much as we can as often as we can. I have not been posting as much lately because I need to catch up on lots of things, as well.

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  2. I love seeing your ancient trees, whether in person or via your photos 😀 It’s always amazing to contemplate their age and all that has happened since they first started to grow! And the gnarled bark is so photogenic, as are the roots. Have you experimented with black and white for these, given your new interest in that medium?


  3. I agree; these trees deserve much more than a passing mention! They deserve all the celebration we can give them. Beautiful photos. I love the close-up details of the bark and that cherry …. ! Fabulous!

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