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Tuesday: ‘The Trees’

May 11, 2010

The trees are coming into leaf

Like something almost being said;

The recent buds relax and spread,

Their greenness is a kind of grief.

Is it that they are born again

And we grow old? No, they die too.

Their yearly trick of looking new

Is written down in rings of grain.

Yet still the unresting castles thresh

In fullgrown thickness every May.

Last year is dead, they seem to say,

Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.

Philip Larkin.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2010 12:05 pm

    Lovely large (I like big photos) photos of the beech (and I wouldn’t have known that if I hadn’t read your tags!). I love the first one – one can almost feel that they are laying underneath the trees just looking up from a book…

    Is there anyone who does not love that fresh lime green colour of new leaves coming out?

    • dancingbeastie permalink
      May 11, 2010 6:06 pm

      Remember that clicking on any image will open it in a new window, and if you click again it will get even bigger. Quite useful to know when people post tiny pictures!

  2. May 12, 2010 7:56 pm

    I love the frames you’ve made, beautiful and personal. A very good idea for a present!

    And the trees, here they are, what a lovely green colour! And it’s so sheer and frail and transluscent, almost! Lucky you who have them right outside.

    Spring is a little slow here in this part of Sweden this year. It’s just above zero, right now….not good. It would be nice if it was a little warmth in the air so we could sit on the porch… least for a while at midday.

    Not much we can do about it though.

    Do have a wonderful end of the week.

    • dancingbeastie permalink
      May 12, 2010 8:33 pm

      Hi Agneta,

      thank you for your comments. Beech trees in the spring are my absolute favourites, for all the reasons you give.

      It’s cold here too – snow showers yesterday!! – but yes, at least we have the green. I hope spring comes to Sweden and Scotland properly soon!


  3. Wendy permalink
    May 12, 2010 10:21 pm

    Gorgeous gorgeous green – full of life!

  4. May 14, 2010 3:44 pm

    Oooh they are beautiful. And I love the Larkin poem too, I hadn’t read that one of his before. I was in Ullapool last week and it was wonderful to see all the trees in their spring dresses. I love seeing trees beginning to come into leaf but not yet in full cover. I can appreciate the sculptured shape of the leaves and bark as dappled sunlight breaks through the fresh new leaves. Thanks for sharing! By the way – if you plan to come up to Orkney do get in touch – we must meet up! And I can maybe help suggest places to stay etc…..

  5. May 18, 2010 11:38 am

    Lovely photos, DB! I’ve been shooting crowns all over the place. 😉 One of my favourite times of year for trees, perhaps because it follows winter. I prefer to see the branches, just like you’ve done. Reminds me of stained glass. Also, trees in spring still look wonderful in monochrome, not so much in summer. 🙂


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