Sunday, 4 January 2009

Hawthorn on the Downs

Crataegus monogyna, the common hawthorn, grows very slowly and is one of my favorite trees. The downs has a beautiful pair of gnarled old specimens, near the Avon Gorge, on the Clifton Down Plateau, which I suspect are several hundred years old (possibly they were growing there durring the English civil war). The trees have beautiful craggy bark and holowed dead wood scars. In spring I will photograph them in bloom.

This twin trunk tree has a beautifully elegant feminine form, I have photographed it here from two angles.

The twin trunks are wonderful in every detail, they are both about 30cm in diameter.

This second tree is more masculine but equally as splendid.

Its trunk is spectacular and I often stop to consider and appreciate it.

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