Trees in Winter
Out walking in winter time you get to see the skeleton of many trees, trees without leaves, the deciduous ones as opposed to the evergreen, which keep their leaves throughout winter.
These skeletons are fascinating because they allow you to see the bare bones of a tree, from tough thick branch to tiny thin fingered twig. It's a bit like having an X-ray of your bones! With the leaves gone, the green flesh, you can study each bit of the tree's 'body'.
Around here we have a great variety. There are massive old oaks with their craggy textured bark. They often have dead branches on them - from their great age - and these can have holes in where birds nest. Oaks are the grand old soldiers of the countryside, keeping watch.
Equally impressive are the huge beech trees. These like space and when they get going can attain great age and authority. Their smooth grey bark catches the sunlight beautifully. With fewer branches than the oak their skeletons are easier to follow. Beech like to take over parts of the wood, as indeed do oaks, (they don't like each other!) and tower over the other smaller trees like big grey giants.
Winter time allows you to see the basic outlines of trees, their stark silhouettes, their complex system of growth. I find them fascinating and like to take photos or even sketch them when inspired. It can be a form meditation, relieving stress and improving concentration.
Image Credit » image by jackfrank