Gallery: lone trees in the landscape
Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the skyKahlil Gebran
And if every tree is a poem, a tree that stands alone is perhaps a performance poem ~ a poem that is shouted to the heavens?
For this ‘Tree Squares’ post I simply want to share some images of trees that stand out from their surroundings. The first set were taken in Africa, in the Gambia, Senegal and Zimbabwe. Meanwhile the second set were all taken in various places in England. Oh, and the feature photo is another from Zimbabwe. It was taken in the grounds of the Victoria Falls Hotel, and you can see the spray from the falls behind the tree.
A baobab in a village near Mandina Lodge, Gambia
A lone baobab rises above the mangroves near Fathala Lodge in Senegal
This baobab in the same area is starting to lean – perhaps it is getting old and will fall soon?
Elsewhere in Senegal, on the salt flats near Djiffer, another baobab
Back in the Gambia for this solitary palm in the bush near Mandina Lodge
This is the so-called Big Tree near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. This ancient baobab is claimed to be the oldest in southern Africa. The nearby sign says that its girth is 18 metres, while its height is 23 metres. It is thought to be between 1,000 and 1,500 years old.
Among the ruins of old lead mines in Gunnerside, Yorkshire
Above the village of Keld in Swaledale, Yorkshire
Looking down from Housesteads Fort on Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland
A windswept tree on the exposed headland of Brean Down in Somerset
And this one is in Cardingmill Valley in Shropshire
Let’s finish with a splash of autumn colour in Emmets Garden, Kent – not exactly a lone tree, but it is the only one in this part of the garden to have changed its colours
Sarah, I love these! The leaning baobab reminds me of an elephant. How interesting. Some are so huge. All are beautiful.
Thanks so much Marsha 😀 I confess I’m not seeing an elephant in that leaning baobab – it looks to me more like a giant praying mantis!!
LOL it’s got it’s trunk up. I think it got lost from the herd.
Sorry, try as I might I just can’t see it 😂
It must help to have an astigmatism.
Ah yes, maybe!
Great photos! 🙂
Thank you Henna 🙂
What a beautiful collection of stunning trees.
Thank you Pat, glad you enjoyed them!
I. J. Khanewala
There’s a sixty years old baobab nearby. To think it is just a toddler among baobabs!
Haha yes, it’s got a lot of growing to do yet 😆
What a great, evocative gallery, displaying trees in all their rich variety.
Thank you Margaret, I’m glad you enjoyed seeing them all!
Magnificent survivors, Sarah! You made me feel quite homesick with some of those.
Thank you Jo 😊 Not the baobabs, I’m guessing!
You have a virtual forest here, albeit different trees, but a great collection. It displays your travels well.
Haha yes, a forest but of lone trees – I like that notion! Thank you Mari 🙂
I like this theme Sarah. I like it a lot 🙂
Thank you Malcolm – I’m very happy with how it looks, although I changed in order to attempt to solve a problem, pingbacks not working, and it’s made no difference to that unfortunately 🙁
Time spent on sorting out the technical issues is a real pain at times.
Sadly so true 🙁 This one has been bugging me for weeks. I usually only get pingbacks from my own posts, very rarely from others, and now I’m co-hosting a challenge it’s even more important to get them. Bluehost, Jetpack and my theme developer all say it’s not down to them, but I changed theme anyway as there were a couple of people in forums saying it worked for them – but not me! I’ve tried using a different browser too, which someone suggested, but no luck. Now I’m waiting to see if Amanda’s tech-minded son has any ideas …
Good luck with it. If anybody can sort this sort of thing out, I reckon you can.
Hmmm, not so far 😡
I love all the photo’s of your trees … and I simply just love trees! It’s when you’re hiking in hot summer weather and suddenly a tree pops up in the middle of nowhere … the shade of that tree is like pure gold to me!
Thank you 🙂 And yes, a tree is a real blessing on a hot day – there’s nothing better than sitting in its dappled shade!
wow you have some extraordinary trees in your collection, and you have been to some fabulous places. A stunning and inspiring #TreeSquare travel post
Thanks so much Becky 😊 Of course a lot of these, the UK ones, were taken close to home but yes, we’re fortunate to have been able to travel to Africa a number of times – I love it there!
how fabulous 😀 very envious
Oh, the Places We See
I’ve heard of baobab trees but don’t think I’ve ever seen one. Your examples are outstanding. Thanks for the education and the delight at seeing them!
Thank you 🙂 I love baobabs – they’re one of my favourite things about travelling in Africa (after the animals of course!)
Wonderful gallery of lone trees. I wonder how many started life off in a group but have lasted longer than the others.
Interesting question! I think baobabs tend to grow singly or well-spaced in very small groups, from what I’ve seen. But that palm could have been part of a group maybe. I think most of the English ones will always have stood alone as they’re in exposed spots where you only see a few trees – apart from the one in Emmets Garden, that is. I cheated a bit with that one as there are other trees around but not in autumn colours – but it was too pretty not to share!