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