garden photography: big tree country

During November I want to see trees or leaves or anything found in a woodland environment

(this can include individual trees or leaves or woodland/forest views, fungi, wildlife or wildflowers – it can be of an autumnal flavour or anytime in the year, up to you)

I mentioned last week about Perthshire being the country of the BIG trees, so my final post for this month’s theme on trees is about the impressive giant Douglas fir.


The tallest tree in the British Isles is a Douglas fir sited next to the Hermitage in Dunkeld which is 12 miles from Douglas’s birthplace in Scone, Scotland. Douglas was born in 1799 and was one of the greatest plant hunters of the Pacific and NW of North America.



Many of our walks in the area took us through forests of these magnificent trees. Above and below are scenes from the walk to Bruars Falls.


The Douglas Fir (pseudotsuga menziesii) is named after David Douglas who sent the first seed back to Britain in 827. Its botanical name commemorates Archibald Menzies who discovered the tree in North America in 1791.

It can be quite amazing walking amongst giants.


If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules🙂

  • Create your own post and title it NovemberWoodland
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag “GardenChallenge” so everyone can find the posts easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in December.
  • Please visit the sites in the comments to see what others are posting.

This is your last week to share any woodland, tree, leaves etc with me as next Sunday we begin the final month of the garden challenge which is:

Urban spaces – a town square, a flower tub, a hanging basket, a floral clock or any floral display including a public park. And as we are approaching Christmas you could even share with me your town’s Christmas lights.

Thank you for all your very generous likes and comments this month, it has been a pleasure sharing with you some of my favourite tree photos and visiting your posts. I look forward to seeing what you have to show me in December.

50 Comments Add yours

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    Perthshire – a stunning locality. What wonderful places we have in the British Isles, and you’re doing an excellent job showing them off to us, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I am enjoying exploring our Isles, as you say, we have some lovely spots – countryside, coastal and city. My aim is to have visited every county and at least made one stop! I’m not doing too badly except for the north-west. Maybe a trip to Liverpool is on the cards.

      1. Tish Farrell says:

        An excellent objective, and we get the benefit 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Can’t work up much enthusiasm for the home counties though…

        2. Tish Farrell says:

          No. Probably need to pass through them 🙂

        3. Heyjude says:

          I probably have! But does that really count?

  2. Sue says:

    Some serious trees there, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Impressive aren’t they? Though I am not really a woodland person, I do find myself walking through them a lot! I prefer open countryside or cliff tops where I have a view.

      1. Sue says:

        I do like a woodland in autumn, Jude

        1. Heyjude says:

          A broad leaf woodland, yes, but pine trees?

        2. Sue says:

          Oh, I was meaning a broad leaf woodland of course…..although a pine woodland in the med is rather good

        3. Heyjude says:

          the cool scent of pine in the heat… yes, I agree 🙂

  3. Vicky says:

    Beautiful shots Jude, you can smell the fresh air just by looking….

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, it is pretty fresh up there Vicky! Probably some snow now too 🙂

  4. restlessjo says:

    Meg will love this one! 🙂 Did I spot some bluebells in the woods? You certainly got your share of trees in Perthshire to make up for the tree deficit in your bit of Cornwall. Lovely shades of green. I’m feeling quite small now 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Autumn crocuses Jo – and they were pretty impressive (at Glamis castle). Perthshire reminded me a lot of Canada – trees, lakes, mountains…
      How’s the back?

      1. restlessjo says:

        Ah, of course! I didn’t look at it in close up. Back’s not great and I have a knee like a pudding too. Just having a break before I finish the ironing. James is home and off to Birmingham tonight. Should be a peaceful week once I get past today. 🙂 What you up to?

        1. Heyjude says:

          You should be sitting down with your feet up! James is old enough to do his own washing and ironing! I’m finishing off a blog post for next week’s garden challenge. Soon be over! How fast the year goes by.

        2. restlessjo says:

          Wish I was organised like you! I haven’t even decided on which walk yet for tomorrow. Normally I have it half written by now. 🙂

        3. Heyjude says:

          I try to do the challenge ones a week ahead unless just one photo – the photo editing takes the most time and I am also trying to do the monthly one! Not to mention all those from the trip…. no, best not mention those.

        4. restlessjo says:

          All these dark nights! You’ll have plenty of opportunities. 🙂

    2. Meg does indeed. It’s feeds a growing longing that might dislodge me from Warsaw for a weekend.

      1. restlessjo says:

        I feel hugs coming over me 🙂 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Vicky 🙂

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I’d like to walk down that winding path on such a nice day 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was a nice day and a nice walk too 🙂

  6. I love big trees. Your walk looks beautiful.

    1. Here’s my woodland post, just in time before the end of the month.

  7. Su Leslie says:

    Beautiful; I can almost smell the air and feel the crisp breeze on my skin.

  8. Joanne Sisco says:

    I am a woodland person and most comfortable under a tree canopy. These photos remind me of the Canadian shield. Lovely 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, the area reminded me of Canada too, in a good way! I could see you walking these trails.

      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        Me too. Hopefully one day I get to spend some quality time hiking in your lovely part of the world.

  9. I want to walk along that dappled path. And what frames that shot? Are you in a cave? What a way to end the tree month.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not a cave, possibly the arch of the bridge over the river. I went through for a view of the other side and the trees called out to me when I turned round to go back!

  10. Denzil says:

    Oh I do love big trees! Nice enough to hug! May I link to my Woodland themed post please Jude?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Of course you may Denzil, lovely to have you along. And I love fungi, just haven’t seen much this year.

  11. Chris Donner says:

    I just posted my entry for the forest challenge, and it’s a Douglas Fir, the state tree of Oregon, USA, where I live. I had to smile when I saw your post. I’ve quite familiar with these giants, as we have them all around us.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, well you live in the home of these giants 🙂 Thank you for the link.

  12. Amy says:

    Great captures of these majestic trees, Jude!

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