Monday, 1 December 2008

The last few apples.

I saw this elegant fisherman today, whilst driving over to visit my Mum.

Monsieur et Madame Mallard, looking rather splendid. . . . .

I've known and loved this tree for many years, it's an old, old Oak, with a huge trunk so wide, two of us struggled to encircle it with our arms. Today I think it is at its most beautiful ,standing there on the ridge way, as it has for who knows how long, with the late afternoon sun behind.



At the other end of the field, a lone apple tree with it's last few offerings. Bright red spots against the grey.



24 comments:

Vita said...

what an amazing blog you have!
as a fairy tale creator in the midst of my learning I am so happy to discover someone who has been wearing the fairy shoes for a while:) beautiful beautiful beautiful work!!!!

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Arija said...

Annette, how lovely! The oak is the one tree that represents me and i especially love trees in winter when they show who thwy really are. So much to see with apples and herons and french ducks...

Hermes said...

What really lovely, atmospheric pictures.

artistsgardenstudio said...

Beautiful shot of the oak
K

Woodsprite said...

Dear Annette,
I am alas one of those uncouth Australians who feels in a previous life she must have lived and breathed the beauty of England. Visiting your blog is such a tonic. It is a way to travel and connect with a country that I love and am constantly so inspired by. Your blog is one of my treats in amongst the joys and tears of raising little children. When the prospect of travelling again seems so very far away. So thank you for such an inspiring blog.

Regards
Woodsprite

Heather said...

More beautiful images from you - thankyou. We must all be thinking along similar lines as I have just posted about how beautiful trees are at this time of year when we can see their shapes and textures so clearly. That heron is not shy or do you have a zoom lens?

annette emms said...

Vita - thank you so much, what lovely comments, I feel most honoured.x

Arija - I just knew you would be an Oak!
I've met some wonderful ones through the years and this one is remarkable.

Hermes - why, thanks. It was a lovely walk.

K - many thanks, he's a bit special.

Woodsprite - well, what can I say? What a lovely, lovely comment.
I'm blushing a bit here. . . bless you, you've really made my day!x

annette emms said...

Heather - thanks Heather, I love trees in all their guises, as for the Heron.. I do have a zoom lens , but he was sitting only a few yards from the road ,brazenly surveying the village pond at Hanley Swan, near Malvern. He's a regular there and not always welcome. . . the post office in the village has a Most Wanted poster with his picture on it!

Karen said...

Ahh...I love the oak. I love to imagine all the history it has seen.

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

Shoes in disguise. WOW. Just love your fairies shoes.

Lucy

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Chris said...

Oh, that tree takes my breath away. What an ancient beauty!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Annette.. this oak is splendid.. one of my most favourite trees..

and isn't this fellow a smart fisherman.. beautiful bird!!!

lynne h said...

this oak! oh i would worship at its feet! tell it of my love and how grateful i am for its presence in this world. and hug it (of course).

what a lovely photograph of the mallards -- so much shimmering going on!

annette emms said...

Karen - it would be fun to know his story. . .

Lucy - Nice to meet you and thanks for your comment.

Chris - I'll pass the compliment on to him. . .

Gwen - This particular Heron really is a brazen rogue!

Lynne - I'll pass on your message next time I visit.
He's warm to the touch and his wonderful, crumpled bark tells so many stories.
I'm there , worshipping, with you!

lynne h said...

oh, thank you annette! how miraculous is this time when someone in one country can pass a message to a tree in another! xo

lynne h said...

it's me again! you've got an award at my place... please feel free to do with it as you see fit. : ) xo

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

It's so wonderful to have tree friends. I have a few myself.

Genie said...

beautiful heron one of my favourites

annette emms said...

Lynne - how lovely to get three massages from one of my favourite people!
I think the Oak needs a tree flag, I must try to make one and honour him with it next visit.
Can you imagine how special that would be . . .

Bless you for sending me an award, I've had an awfull week and once again you've made me smile!Thank you.x

Pamela - Oh I am so pleased, what sort of trees?Shall I add your name to my tree flag?

Genie - Thank you, he's a real local character, not a bit shy. I always think that when you see a Heron flying, they look like prehistoric birds. . . .

My Mother's Garden said...

That really is a beautiful tree, so majestic looking.
Your embroidered fairy shoes are exquisite! Beautiful craftsmanship!
Karrita

annette emms said...

Karrita - nice to meet you and thank you!
I popped over to your blog, ooh, I had such a nice time!

femminismo said...

Lovely photos! Beautiful sights and love the ducks. jeanne in Oregon USA

Jo said...

Wonderful images Annette!!!
Is that the Magic Faraway Tree? Because it sure looks like it!!!

annette emms said...

feminismo - greetings and blessings to you!

Jo - do you know, I think it might be the Magic Faraway Tree. Why didn't I realise that before?
It was an absolute favourite book when I was young, which probably explains a lot!