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Beech in May

Leaves in May 2

There is a venerable beech tree beside the path that runs through the woods between Lennel and Coldstream. Whilst other trees are stil almost leafless, and still others are sprinkled with young leaves, this tree’s foliage shines out against the sky.  This bronze of beech leaves makes the sky seem almost mauve. The woods round here are deciduous, so swathes of flowers grow beneath them, unlike the conifer woods near where we used to live, where the ground was barren, and only foxgloves thrived in the occasional open spaces. When I went back to the Liddel Valley all the woods where I used to walk with my son had been cut down, the landscape was unrecognisable.  Lovely, therefore, to see the ancient trees in Berwickshire, and to be able to walk freely through these woods, in Scotland where there is no law of trespass.

Leaves in May 1


Leaves in May 3

May 4, 2014 - Posted by | Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Reblogged this on Journey Of A Nifty Day Trader and commented:
    My goodness, what a shot!!!!!!!


    Comment by sureba67 | May 4, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks, sureba67 (if I may). It was a dazzling day, but it must admit I didn’t take in all the colours until I saw the photographs on picasa. I love the birch trees round here. I suppose in another month the bronze will go and the new green will have taken over. It’s nice that you reblogged the shot, there’s something invigorating, I feel, in all that colour.


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | May 5, 2014 | Reply

  2. Beautiful. I love Beech trees. They are quite feminine in form.


    Comment by Meanderer | May 4, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks, Meanderer. I love beech trees too – the roots going into the ground make me think of the heavy feet of some animal, then there is the smooth often massive, pale trunk, and the delicate foliage that lets in so much light.The bark shows up all kinds of marks; and the grafitti that is inscribed there, even here where there is hardly any grafitti at all, is small and looks almost natural, it’s usually in the form of initials or tiny symbols.


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | May 5, 2014 | Reply

  3. Wow… incredible colours there… beautiful images 🙂


    Comment by Sreejith Nair | May 4, 2014 | Reply

    • The colours did suddenly strike me as I turned back to look the way I had come, although when I saw the shot on picasa they were even more brilliant than my eyes had taken in. It was a beautiful day with a really blue sky. Thanks for your comment, Sreejith.


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | May 5, 2014 | Reply

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