Woodlands and trees - page 2

We do a lot of walking in woodland on our travels. Trees always offer some amazing shapes and forms, whether in natural or unnatural growth, or in decay. We also come across wood that has been shaped by man. Below is a selection of photographs from some of our travels.

Witches brooms Lastingham
Witches brooms in trees at Lastingham, I think in birch trees. Brooms occur when twiggy growth bursts from a single spot, triggered by a fungal attack.

WITCHES BROOMS

Lastingham

Oak burr Wallington
Oak burrs in abundance in the woods at Wallington - on the walk from the house to the garden. 2014

OAK BURR

Wallington

Weeping Ash Seaton Delavel
This weeping ash stands in the grounds of the ruined Seaton Delaval Hall, just north of Newcastle. The tree is almost 300 years old, and has fared better than the hall. 2014.

WEEPING ASH

Seaton Delaval

Lime Wallington
Nothing special, just a fine free-standing example of a mature lime tree. Wallington Hall, Northumberland 2014.

LIME

Wallington

Sambucus Nigra Pyramidalis Wallington
The knarled bark of Sambucus Nigra Pyramidalis (elder). Always nice when someone puts a label on a tree. Wallington Hall, Northumberland 2014.

SAMBUCUS BARK

Wallington

Ash hedge escape Levisham
An ash tree, cut back over years in line with the hawthorn hedge it invaded, has finally found its freedom and reaches upwards. Levisham Moor, May 2014.

ASH HEDGE ESCAPE

Levisham Moor

Pollarded lime
Pollarding to keep limes to size and provide shade in gardens

POllarded lime

Wengen

Pedestal
Oak burr by the Falls of Acharn, which flow down to Loch Tay

oak burr

Acharn

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Dunstaffnage stump
Moss covered tree stump in the woods behind Dunstaffnage Castle, near Oban

stump

Dunstaffnage

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Lichen at Farndale
Farndale is famous for its daffodils which is why we visited in April 2014, but there are lots of other delights by the river as well

Lichen

Farndale

Farndale hollow oak
A battered hollow oak by the River Dove in Farndale, North Yorkshire.

Hollow Oak

Farndale

Dunkeld Hermitage
A runaway hawthorn hedge by a deserted house at The Hermitage, Dunkeld

Runaway hawthorn

Dunkeld

Witches Brooms Isle of Mull
These brooms stood out against an October sky at deserted Grassy Point on Mull. Brooms occur when twiggy growth bursts from a single spot, triggered by a fungal attack.

WITCHES BROOMS

Isle of Mull

Red Cedar Glamis
Multiple trunks of a red cedar in the pinetum at Glamis castle, 2013

RED CEDAR

Glamis

Mulberry, Stratford on Avon
An old knarled mulberry in the grounds of Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford on Avon, 2014.

MULBERRY TREE

Shakespeare's Birthplace