Tree Series #24

Butser Hill, a chalk hill in Hampshire, close to the Surrey/West Sussex county borders, is the second highest point of the South Downs (Blackdown is the highest). It is located within the borders of the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, situated about three miles south of the historic market town of Petersfield. Once close to where we lived it provided the location for a lovely walk with amazing views as far as the south coast towards Portsmouth on a clear day.

The name Butser comes from the Old English Bryttes Oran meaning Briht’s slope. Oran or Ora is Old English for flat topped hill and/or steep slope



19 Comments Add yours

  1. I love the composition, just that sliver of earth. You always manage to find trees in isolation. I must keep my eye open here, but I certainly won’t find then in the bush!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think this has to be an oak tree and they were planted in isolation as they grow so big. A lot of big trees were planted in parkland. And we also plant trees alongside roads. I do have some Aussie trees too. One or two you may recognise 🙂

      1. Just came across this, and thought you might be interested

        1. Heyjude says:

          How delightful. I should buy some snowdrops. Her botanical paintings are sublime. I love the Scarlet bottlebrush 🙂 Thank you for the link Meg.

        2. She was Australian Ambassador to Amman, where my friend’s sister has an art gallery – the Jacaranda Gallery – which had one of her first exhibitions. I love these linkings!

  2. I’m loving your tree series!🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you. Not so many from Cornwall yet though!

      1. I’ve noticed! There are some beauties in Trelissick! It is lovely to see others elsewhere that I will probably never see. 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          I do have a Trelissick one. Not much in the way of trees where I live – more like stunted shrubs!!

  3. some stately portraits you have captured Jude – I like your series

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Laura, glad you enjoy the trees 🙂

  4. restlessjo says:

    You must have enormous archives xx

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well before I started blogging!

  5. I really like the colours in this one – a beautiful blue sky is always a joy to behold. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Indeed it does. I appreciate every blue sky I see 🙂

      1. Being in the fortunate position of seeing one every day at the moment – I can’t imagine ever getting tired of them.

  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    This one is perfect Jude. I’ve been around that area, taking the slow road from my daughter’s to Kent. I must see if they’ve been, the small’s would love it.

    1. Heyjude says:

      We used to enjoy the stroll up the hill and a nice walk around the top. Some great views.

  7. pommepal says:

    Classic shape and lovely colours

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