Tree Tour [151/365]

There’s a tree, in a place called Upham, that I’m in love with. I wanted to go and see it while it might still be in bloom. We took off yesterday, the drive takes about three quarters of an hour or so. We hadn’t gotten far, before it began to rain. Totally uncalled for … sun and clouds, that’s what the weatherman said. It was spitting more or less the whole time, until we arrived at this spot. Then, it magically stopped, so I could take my pictures. All flowers weren’t out yet, but that doesn’t matter … it’s still lovely.

Apple Tree in Upham

DSC_9925The area is quite lovely — rolling countryside, with green hills — and right now there are wild apples trees in full bloom all along the roadside.

I doubt I would have been able to pin-point the spot where “my” tree is on a map, but when you shoot a picture with the iPhone, you get the full address! Even though there wasn’t any coverage at all.

DSC_9935Since we’d driven all this way to see a tree, I shot quite a few, as you can imagine. The first time I saw it was 2010. Then it was in full bloom, and it wasn’t only the tree itself I fell for, but the location and the position of it.

IMG_2848We weren’t too far from St. Martins, so we finished off this trip with a scrumptious clam chowder there.

So, to sum all this up; this was proof of that also a rainy day sure can be good!



46 Replies to “Tree Tour [151/365]”

    1. I’m an urban person myself, but for photo I love to go out there. I do have a thing for rolling, green hills. Guess I’d love Scotland and Ireland.

      I can eat clams when they’re hidden away like this, in a thick soup, and I can’t seem them 😉

      1. You’re scared of clams that you need to hide them in your food before eating them 😉 ? I love sea food, too bad I don’t live anywhere near the sea.

        I didn’t like Scotland’s weather that much, but I’m infatuated with the “feel” of the country. Besides the rolling hills, there’s much to urban Scotland as well. Not to mention their delightfully depressing literature set in gritty cities 😮

        1. Not scared! It’s because of their visual appearance — they look so damned yucky!

          I’d love to see Scotland one day. Also those islands … Outer Hebredies and Shetland

          1. On my flight back from Edinburgh, a local lady sat next to me, a very chatty one. She kept on explaining how it pays off to move to the wild semi-uninhabited islands of Scotland because apparently immigrants to those hostile regions are supported in some way. That’s what she claimed at least. So, if it doesn’t work out for me where I am, I’m thinking I could go and settle the Scottish islands 😉

            1. That sounds extremely interesting! One would like to know more about that. I saw a movie once [Breaking the Waves], which took place on one of those islands. It was a very weird movie, but I loved it.

              1. Breaking the Waves added to my watchlist. I don’t know what of what the lady told me is fact and what is urban legend, but I use the prospect of settling Scottish islands as consolation 🙂

                1. Same guy has made another, even better, movie: Aberdeen. That’s one of my favourite movies … if not THE favourite. It’s also a little weird.

                    1. It was moving, in a strange kind of way. Once you’ve watched it, you can never forget it. Not the other one either. So many movies that never get known to the wider public …

                    2. True. The underground alternative movies are often so good that one wonders how come they are not more popular. Perhaps good things aren’t popular?

                    3. These are movies where you have to think a little extra — they’re not for everyone. But I do wonder what it is that determines which ones become popular?!

  1. It’s a grand tree. I love trees that are by them self in a field like this. A solitary life!
    the clam chowder looks delicious. Kinda nice to sit inside, watching the rain, with a great bowl of chowder. Not a bad outing at all at all

    1. Yes, that’s what I like too … alone in a field.

      That particular clam chowder is so good, so I can never resist it, whenever we go there. I think it has an awful lot of salt in it … I get very thirsty after each time.

      A very nice outing 🙂

      1. Usually after eating anything at a restaurant, I am thirsty for hours. Although, now that I think about it, that doesn’t happen here.

    2. Look how many people who read your posts (and love your pics; ) have strong attachments to trees! Did you know that the Irish believe that the little people(fairies?) live in them and that the trees have spirits? I truly believe that’s what we feel: )
      There was a massive old Beech tree that I loved very much when I was a kid and I cried when I went back and found that it had passed… (It still hurts to think of it, decades later):

      1. there is no doubt in my mind that trees are the keepers of our stories. Their energy nourishes not only our soil but our soul.

        1. Hey Joss? I recall seeing a (news?)photo, in England, I think… About a major highway that was reconfigured to go around a huge old tree because there was such a kerfuffle when people learned that they were going to cut it down: )

      2. Yes, we are many who feel the same way. That’s a good thing. We have similar beliefs in the Nordic ‘system’ 🙂 There is something about it … to see those massive old trees that went down here, around town, after hurricane Arthur … it was so heartbreaking, seeing them lying there. Yes, it hurts …

      1. Same here Rebby! A 70 foot Pine tree around the corner from my childhood home. It got old & sick & I was there when they took it down. I took some photos & had a good cry. The people whose property the tree was on were sad also.
        But it was better to take the tree down as opposed to it falling down in a storm & causing damage.
        I loved that tree tho’!!!!

        1. There you go … exactly the same, so you know how it feels. I think even my brother was sad to see it go. The city was digging, for some type of heating system they have there, so it finally had to go. It still hurts to think about it.

          1. It is sad to see a big tree come to its’ end. There used to be 2 Weeping Willow trees down along the river in town where I used to play as a child. They were well over 150 years old; maybe older?
            Due to erosion & time they each fell into the river. Of course they had to be removed & I cried like a baby. I miss those trees & rarely go back there; it still hurts THAT much!

    1. It did hurt, when they took down the tall pine tree, I’d see since I was a child. It’s been a couple of years now. My brother sent me a picture of the stump, and that felt so sad.

        1. Yeah, imagine the little, thin ones, up in the mountains up north … they could’ve stood there for a hundred years, with hardly any food at all! (fjällbjörk och sån’t)

  2. That’s a wonderful tree. Looks magical to me.
    No wonder you love it.
    How green and lush it is. Here it is already starting to dry out unfortunately.
    Mmm, clam chowder soup sounds really good.

  3. LOVE that first shot, with its contrasting shades of green and textures; the way the terrain is an echo of the tree’s outline and equally contrasted by the clouds’ shadow passing across the land… Truly lovely: )

    1. Thank you so much, Deb! I totally love that spot, and now I even have the address, thanks to the iPhone 🙂

      I looked at the shot from last year, then we had nice summer clouds as a backdrop, and that was nice too.

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