The Tuesday tree: summer shade
Until I moved to Castle Beastie, I had never really noticed ash trees. Whether it’s that they are more common in this part of the world than in other places I’ve lived, or that I was just unobservant, I don’t know. Since settling here, though, I have come to notice, to recognise, to appreciate and finally to love the ubiquitous ash (Fraxinus excelsior). In the winter, their tall, gaunt silhouettes scribble a melancholy poem across the afternoon sunsets. But in summer, their neatly paired leaflets cast a lacy green shade, and make a pattern against a blue sky that creates perfect peace and contentment. I wonder if you will agree.
There is more green shade to be found under A guardian of the riverbank.