winter trees


I’m really enjoying the bare winter trees at the moment. Their skeletal forms are silhouetted against the sky even in day light, whether against blue (not much of that at the moment) or varying shoes of grey. Over the two weeks of school holiday we’ve had I have walked most days and each walk has taken me past wonderful trees in a variety of landscapes. We passed the oak above on a very wet walk on Christmas day. It was miserable weather and the ground underfoot was slurpy and slippy. I felt very sorry for the sheep we passed hanging around in the cold mist and rain. But even in this terrible weather the trees were resplendent.


I found this lovely page in one of my many natural history books of the silhouettes of winter trees. I love these kind of diagrams.

I spent my birthday a few weeks ago staying in and exploring some beautiful woods in North Yorkshire on the River Ure. Hackfall is a magical place and combines spectacular scenery with some wonderful historic landscaping. I have a little project unfolding based on some things I found at Hackfall. More on that another time…


16 thoughts on “winter trees

  1. Loving trees in winter along with you. From looking at your recent work with found objects and natural process – I look forward to see how you work with the structure of the variety of tree shapes. It is very inspiring to visit here.

    • Thanks Judy. This kind of thing is not necessarily a direct influence on things but it all feeds into the mind’s hard drive

  2. Heat of summer here in New Zealand although rain coming from Australia in next few days. I have a stunning winter bare tree I photographed a while ago but it has awful buildings behind the silhouette …grr

    • We can’t always get the composition we would have liked for a photo but that silhouette still made an impression on your imagination

  3. The bare-tree time is, apart from cold, wet, short days, a really good time of year. I’m always a bit sad when the new leaves hide those wonderful architectures.

  4. I’m enjoying the bare trees too. I like the shapes from a distance but also having a much closer look – it’s surprising to see the number of new buds showing on some of them already.

    • Buds all over the place. I just wonder what will happen to those that have started bursting when we finally get the ‘cold snap’ we are promised

  5. beautiful big grey ghosts, they are divine in their nakedness……Summer here in Tasmania and the days are bright and light, though we desperately need rain, the countryside is exceptionally dry.

    • Good luck with getting your rain. we have had more than out fair share here and we desperately need a bit of frost to make it feel like winter proper

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