Portrait of an Ash Tree in Summer

Ash Tree in the Black Mountains

A few weeks ago I wrote about my experiments with Tree Portraits - Here is a portrait of a magnificent Ash Tree in full summer "clothing" to give us something to look forward to after this long winter - Hopefully enough Ash Trees will survive the current epidemic of "chalara" (Ash dieback) so that we can enjoy these wonderful trees for many years to come.

A walk above the "Dragon's Breath" .......

I had a wonderful walk a few days ago during the cold weather....  around the foothills of the Black Mountains taking in Park Wood, Talgarth enveloped in freezing fog and up and over Rhos Fach and Rhos Fawr commons in bright sunshine with the valleys below shrouded in fog - known as the "Dragon's Breath"! 

 

A Young Ash Tree above Park Wood

I regularly walk up on the hills above my studio near Talgarth and have seen this young ash tree establish itself over the last few years.  Let us hope it will avoid the ash dieback disease and the emerald ash boring beetle - both of which are forecast to wipe out most ash trees in Britain over the next 20 years!

 

A Grand Day Out at Glanusk Open Gardens and Fayre

It was a beautiful day yesterday at the Glanusk Estate Open Gardens and Fayre.  I was exhibiting a few photographs and artworks along with 29 other artists and craftspeople.  The gardens are truly wonderful and they are renowned for its trees which include over 200 different species and cultivars of Quercus (oak).  All in all, an enjoyable and profitable day!

Here are a few snaps taken with my cameraphone....


Blooming Ash!

I'm making the most of the sunny weather here in the Black Mountains - so here are the latest photographs of the wonderful flowering Ash Trees at the top of Park Wood, Talgarth.  (Woodland Trust)

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Blooming Trees

Spring comes a little later in the Black Mountains.  These photographs were taken in Park Wood which is around 750ft above sea level,  and two days ago Spring was clearly on the way ...... 

Ash just about burst forth, Hawthorn in bloom, and Goat Willow being savoured....

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Ancient Ash

When I first saw this Ash Tree a few years ago it was unbroken but with a hollow core. Over two successive winters the tree has been blown down by storms. Here's a sequence of photos of this magnificent old tree...