Tree Squares | Out of Africa

This month’s Square Challenge is all about trees. Now trees are not the easiest of subjects to square up, so Becky is relying on us to show some imagination in how we present them. For the final day I couldn’t choose just one so please enjoy a taste of Africa.

On Day 3 Septimus (Becky’s ginger cat) was caught up in a tree – does this leopard beat that?

“I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.”

― Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa

On Day 5 Becky showed us a Milky Eagle Owl – how about a Yellow-billed Hornbill?

Not in a tree, but in amongst the African thorn trees (Acacias) a young Springbok scratches an itch

And finally, three iconic southern African trees.

Once again, thank you Becky for being a fabulous host of the Square challenge. I am sure now you probably want to retire to a desert for a month after seeing all these trees!

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Tree Squares | Penultimate tree

This month’s Square Challenge is all about trees. Now trees are not the easiest of subjects to square up, so Becky is relying on us to show some imagination in how we present them. I have always loved this photo on the Atlantic coast in Portugal of what I think is a Tamarisk tree growing through a wall next to a tiny chapel  next to the ‘Boco do Inferno’, a unique sea arch and cliff formation.

Tamarisk – Caiscais, Portugal

The OH and I had walked there one evening from downtown Caiscais to have dinner at a renowned sea-food restaurant, only to discover it was closed! But we enjoyed the views of ‘Hell’s Mouth’.

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Tree Squares | Antipodes

This month’s Square Challenge is all about trees. Now trees are not the easiest of subjects to square up, so Becky is relying on us to show some imagination in how we present them. For the fourth week I am going to look at trees from the Antipodes (that’s Australia and New Zealand for us Brits).

White bellied Fish Eagle in a Gum Tree

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Six on Saturday | Orchard flowers

Six on Saturday is hosted by the lovely Jon, AKA ‘The Propagator’ where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world who share six things from a garden on a Saturday. I usually join in from my garden in Cornwall which is recorded on my Cornwall blog, naturally. But this week I shall be travelling home after a week away from the county, the first time in almost a year!

So what better way to re-open my garden blog (which has been dormant for 18 months) than a visit to the lovely orchard in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey where tree blossom and wild flowers were a heady delight. The scent of cow parsley and hawthorn drifted through the air which was alive with the music from a choir of songbirds.

Hawthorn blossom

“Six things, in the garden, on a Saturday. Could be anything, you decide. Join in!”

See here for the participant’s guide.

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Festival of Leaves #13

copper beech in the lane

A final look at these lovely trees, which have provided me with a splash of brightness in these dull days of late autumn. And I shall take this opportunity to wish everyone a lovely festive season, celebrating whichever way you choose to and thank you for visiting my blog(s) during the year. I appreciate each and every one of your visits, likes and especially comments. Thank you.

Jude xx

 

Festival of Leaves #12

copper beech in the lane

It’s wet and it’s dull, but along the lane next to the little woodland on Lelant Downs, there is still some brightness. Though more and more of these lovely leaves are lining the edge of the lane along with oak, maple and sycamore (header).

This is the last week for celebrating the colours of autumn with the  Festival of Leaves 2019 hosted by Dawn Miller. But I have another photo for next week to finish off the autumn season.