The breathtaking beauty of the tree

In the height of summer, I remembered this picture which I took last February during that spell of extremely cold bright weather. The  unusual  weather created the ideal conditions for hoarfrost to form over a hedgerow oak in fields close to the River Chater in Rutland. The tree was transformed for a period of only a few hours but its icy white filigree cloak was enough to make me stop, stare and wonder in awe.

Hilary Allison, Policy Director


About Kay Haw

Assistant Conservation Adviser, Woodland Trust. Nature is my passion, especially woods and trees which are just amazing elements of life. One day (soon) I hope we humans learn to work in harmony with Mother Earth.
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21 Responses to The breathtaking beauty of the tree

  1. skjaldmarrs says:

    Reblogged this on skjaldmarr's valley.

  2. Phil says:

    “I think that I shall never see
    A poem as lovely as a tree. ….
    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.”
    as someone once said (not that I’m religious)

  3. Hannah says:

    Gorgeous photograph. I have featured it on Tree Porn (safe for work!). I hope that’s OK with you – let me know if not!


  4. Kay Haw says:

    Many thanks for all your comments!

  5. Pandora says:

    When beauty like this exists how can we take a chance that Climate Change may eradicate this ethereal gift.

  6. Alison Parry says:


  7. mike karswick says:

    …that oak is an ash imarbourator!…

  8. cecile53 says:

    Magical indeed !

  9. Yes, this is beautiful. Come to Mongolia in winter and you will see oceans of similar trees, but different species even in a city.

  10. SteveM says:


  11. Joanne Watson says:

    Hillary, this is a fabulous photo. I’d love to feature it in the next WT calendar or Christmas card range. Would you be willing to share it with us for publication?

  12. Karen F says:

    Christmas card possibility for WT?

  13. Karen F says:

    How beautiful, the branches looks wonderfully weighted with snow. I love how trees can transform the landscape into a wonderland in winter.

  14. Katy M says:

    Lovely picture. It’s amazing how people just don’t ‘notice’ trees now or see them as ‘boring’.

  15. Nikki Williams says:


  16. lornajill says:

    How absolutely beautiful

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