Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Dulwich trees in December


We have so many big, old trees around where I live. Native
species that used to fringe and hedge the large farms that covered this area until in the mid nineteenth century it became more lucrative to sell off the land to the builders throwing up the sprawling red-brick Victorian suburbs. And lush plantings of both native trees and exotica in the two large public parks that are also our legacy from Victorian planners. Thanks to those municipal park designers and to Dulwich College, which has vast land holdings and has kept of lot of them green (though in other ways they are a less benign landlord, keeping out useful, ordinary shops and services by their extortionate rents)
, the trees shelter us on all sides from city filth and ugliness, a blessed counterweight (though, squinting up, up, up through the viewfinder, one of these days I'm going to overbalance).

5 comments:

Rhi said...

Every May there is a month-long Renaissance festival in Franklin Tennessee. There are pictures of trees, jewelry of trees, art of trees, and around the grounds there are these big huge trees. These pictures remind me of that. They are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Will be back to visit soon.

Dick said...

Great wintry pictures, Jean, and nicely balanced.

MB said...

Lovely.

Dale said...

beautiful!

PeterAtLarge said...

I'm sure you know Andy Goldsworthy's work, Jean. That last picture, leaves on asphalt, reminds me of his peculiar genius. Thanks for dropping in on The Buddha Diaries. Cheers...