The inaugural Tuesday Tree
As promised to a number of readers, here, with a small flourish of trumpets, is a Tree for Tuesday. It is nothing especially dramatic – a beech tree photographed yesterday in flat grey light in the rain – but it is one of my favourite trees here at Castle Beastie.
I love beeches in every season. At this time of year one can appreciate their smooth grey bark and their graceful, sweeping branches. They seem to have been favourites of Professor J. R. R. Tolkien, lover of the countryside in general and of trees in particular, too: apparently he based his silver-grey, golden-leaved ‘mallorn’ trees, which grew in the Elven heartland of Lothlorien in The Lord of The Rings, upon the beech. This one has, as you can see, one massive limb that sticks out at a quirky angle before changing its mind and lunging upward. It has no especial beauty, beyond the general beauty of its species, but it has individuality. It grows close to the house, so I see it every day, in every light and mood, which is probably another reason for its being a favourite. It will probably feature again in tree posts. Anyway, Sian and anyone else on a windswept island, this one is for you!