Straight up.

There are two perfect fastigiate hornbeams near me. Carpinus betulus fastigiata – the “fastigiate” bit means their branches tend to go straight up. I am sort of in love with them.

Their bodies are like an explosion, held still in the instant it happens. In summer, their foliage forms a perfect, gigantic teardrop. So elegant.

In winter the colour of their stems and the bright lichens that cling to them makes them look like fireworks.

I took this, which is a rubbish hand-held double exposure shot, on a bright blue, snowy day – which I then tonemapped the living crap out of – a few years ago. It’s a poor photograph, but it does capture the sense of wow! something! happening! that these trees seem to express, so I like it anyway.

I shall try to get some better shots that do them justice.

Rainbow tree


I’m not well at the mo. Sorry I’m quiet/distant/never available/disengaged.


About chiller

Rachel Coldbreath spent 20 years working internationally as a technical specialist on large data collections for law firms, before becoming disabled. She blogs on a variety of topics from the news and politics to gardening and how very annoying it is, being disabled. Habits include drilling holes about 1mm away from where they ought to be, and embarking with great enthusiasm on tasks for which she is neither physically nor intellectually equipped.
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2 Responses to Straight up.

  1. Lilian says:

    Hornbeam trees are cool.

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