The Moment

On our way to a shop at Lidl this morning, Jackie pulled into a farmer’s drive and leapt out of the car with her camera.

Whenever we pass this weather-ravaged oak tree we make a mental note to photograph the effect of the sometimes savage coastal winds that have carved one side of the tree into a monumental headstone. With the cluster of crows taking a breather today – they are often found perching on markers of final resting places – this was the moment we had been waiting for. Jackie’s first picture also shows how a different kind of climate has prematurely altered the pigment of the fields around.

This afternoon I published

This evening we dined on more of the chicken in Nando’s sauce; Jackie’s savoury rice; and tender green beans, with which the Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden, I drank more of the Côtes-du-Rhône, and Flo and Dillon drank Ribena. (No, WP, how many times must I tell you this is not Ribera?)


  1. The birds look a bit ominous, as if ready to pounce on a dead animal. It’s amazing that the wind from the coast has altered the tree that much.

  2. Crows do some strange things at this time of the year. A few years back I saw a parliament with magpies. Around 30 of them in a field, perched in a huge circle, with one in the middle who appeared to be talking to the rest. Decidedly weird!!

  3. What a fine photo. Wind-bent trees are one thing, but this tree, with that dead section, is truly unusual. It certainly does make an inviting perch for the birds.

  4. The wind must have been precisely angled to create this pattern. I’m glad the rest of the tree seems healthy, and that you had a camera handy.

  5. Well done for spotting the great photo opportunity, Jackie.

    I love how the wind shapes the trees. The exception is the tall Christmas tree in our garden; when looking at it from one angle, it appears as though it is only half a tree due to the prevailing wind blasting it from the southwest.

  6. Fantastic to see all the birds perching there. Is it just the wind, or has it been struck by lightning at some stage? This pictures reminds me of the saying about an oak’s lifespan – 300 years to grow, 300 to live/consolidate and 300 years to die.

    1. I hadn’t heard that saying, Susan. We think it is the prevailing wind which can be up to 100 m.p.h coming straight across from about a mile from the coast. Thanks very much

  7. Regardless of the weather/wind effect, the Oak tree stands tall, and is beautiful. What great photos by Jackie! The crows and the bare branches. What a fine composition. Love it.
    Is there ever anything more beautiful than a tree?

  8. That weather-ravaged oak tree is amazing! And finding it with all those birds perched on the exposed branches was wonderful. Good for you, Jackie, for capturing it.

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