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Posted on October 7, 2011 by Ash
A familiar rowan (Sorbus aucuparia) on Whitwell Moor.
The weathermen forecast a startlingly hot few days last week – 25°C for the end of September in Sheffield certainly made me open my eyes – so I took measures to make the most of this unexpected resurgence of summer by taking a couple of days off work. Instead of sweating buckets trapped in a pair of chainsaw trousers, I was out roaming the moors and woods having a whale of a time. Wednesday was incredible but Thursday was truly the epitome of an autumn day; it’s just a shame that the sun sets so much earlier now than it did in the height of summer.
A familiar downy birch (Betula pubescens) of extraordinary girth, also on Whitwell Moor…
…and growing beneath its spreading branches, this little bolete (some kind of Leccinum, I think).
Hallo! It’s the famous Lonely Oak!
Last year I couldn’t find any acorns on the L.O., but there were a few on one side of the crown last week. I confess I collected some. Perhaps there will be a treeblog Set E next year?
One of my acorns. The Lonely Oak is an English or pedunculate oak (Quercus robur), so the acorns are attached to the tree on little stems.
Looking north from the ‘back’ of the L.O. towards Hunshelf Bank. Looking over its shoulders?
A familiar pair of Scots pines (Pinus sylvestris) between the Salter Hills.
Chilled-out cows in the next field.
The eastern Salter Hill, complete with solitary hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna).
Gorse (or furze or whin: Ulex europaeus) - one yellow drop in the ocean.
Posted on February 8, 2009 by Ash
Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) to the left of me, European larch (Larix decidua) to the right...
A row of most snowy beeches (Fagus sylvatica).
In the heart of Millstones Wood...
Out in the fields, the snow was drifting behind the walls. Walking along a footpath hidden beneath this drift, I was ploughing through waist-high snow in places. It was either that or slide down a gorse-covered hill! The wind blowing through the gaps in the dry stone wall was sculpting fantastic shapes – this and the next photograph have been altered to highlight these.
More snow-sculpture. The oft-mentioned Millstones Wood can be seen in the left half of the background.
Near Ewden Height, and the snow was coming thick and fast. The bush in the foreground is gorse (Ulex europaeus) – a.k.a. whin or furze.
Millstones Wood again. Beech, beech, and more beech.
Posted on June 16, 2008 by Ash
Walking up Long Lane to Millstones Wood you pass by two small woods on Whitwell Moor. This is the second.
These are parts of a tree I've seldom seen in Millstones Wood. I think it's a crab apple (Malus sylvestris), but I'm not certain. Can anybody ID this for me?
Little sunlight penetrates the beech canopy. A typical characteristic of the average beechwood is a shady floor.
Beeches. The many-branched beech to the left was probably grazed as a sapling which prevented it from growing with a single main stem.
Not sure what this is supposed to symbolise, or if it's just pure art, but I found it carved into one of the trees.
A male inflorescence and accompanying whorl of needles on a Scots pine.
The female flower of a Scots pine, only a few millimetres in height. In a couple of years this small red blob will have matured into a hard, woody pine cone. treeblog has already done a post on Scots pine reproductive organs (about this time last year).
Stunted pines on the top of the hill, just outside of the wood. Although I think only pines can be seen in this photo, there is at least one larch in the group.
From the vantage point beneath this pine, enjoy the view in the general direction of Sheffield and take in some of the Peak District landscape typical to my local area. In the foreground is a field of strangely neat gorse.
Posted on April 27, 2008 by Ash
Being free at last from the bonds of dissertation, yesterday I took a walk in the sunny afternoon to Duddingston Loch, only about ten minutes from my flat.
The yellow sea of gorse covering the foot of Arthur's Seat near Samson's Ribs.
This willow grows at the bottom of a rocky slope, right on the shore of Duddingston Loch.
A few stunted hawthorns are growing on the rocky slope...
... and they are well advanced in putting out their new leaves relative to most deciduous species. Other early flusher I've noticed in Edinburgh include elder, gean, rowan, and certain silver birches and European beeches. The earliest flusher in town is probably the horse chestnut.
Oooh, look: a token lichen photograph! One of the hawthorns can be seen in the background.
Dead and living branches of the willow silhouetted against Sol.
Let's end with a stunning gorse photograph. Doesn't it make you long for summer?
treeblog Set B update (Day 44 - yesterday) According to my father there are still no signs of life in the treeblog seed trays, except for something in the downy birch section that looks like a pine needle or blade of grass - probably a weed.
Posted on February 18, 2008 by Ash
Back on the 14th of December I had a wee wander in Holyrood Park and bumped into a couple of young oaks. One was standing naked, but the other was covered in marcescent leaves. I wrote in this post "These dead leaves will probably spend the whole winter attached to the tree. I'll see if I can remember to go back and check in a month or two." Well, I did remember. And the leaves are still there.
The marcescent oak as it stood on the 14th of December 2007.
The same oak today, the 18th of February 2008. Most of its leaves still remain.
Its buddy is still starkers, obviously. The orangey blur in the centre of the photo is the marcescent oak in the background.
Detail of one of the marcescent leaves.
A bit of gorse. Gorse can flower at any time of the year!
There is a little bit of a pine wood growing right in the middle of Holyrood Park. I'm guessing it's all Scots pine.
There were a few juvenile alder trees knocking about near the pines. At least one was old enough to reproduce - notice the seed cones and pollen catkins dangling from this branch silhouetted above Arthur's Seat.
Posted on May 6, 2007 by Ash
Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) - flower and new leaves.
Young sycamore leaves backlit by the Sun.
Early elder (a.k.a. elderberry) (Sambucus nigra) inflorescence.
The young leaves of a small sycamore which was decapitated when a patch of gorse was cleared. The sycamore is a lot quicker off the mark in terms of recovery, by the look of things.
The gorse shieldbug (Piezodorus lituratus). Tenuous tree link: feeds on gorse, which is almost a tree. A wannabe tree.
Posted on May 5, 2007 by Ash
Wild cherry (a.k.a. gean) (Prunus avium) flowers in the garden.
Wild cherry blossom.
Gorse in flower, with Arthur's Seat in the background.
Posted on May 2, 2007 by Ash
Close-up of a horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) inflorescence.
Vivid gorse (Ulex europaeus) flowers. I know gorse isn't technically a tree, but it can grow fairly big, woody trunks!
Some species of elm of which I am not quite sure - probably wych elm (Ulmus glabra.
The bark of a close-by elm of the same species growing on a rocky substrate. Quite a big one; must have avoided Dutch elm disease.
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