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Rowan berries

8 September 2004

Another day with beautiful weather and builders in the garden. The hawthorn tree at the corner of my garden only got half of a reprieve as one half of it had to be cut down to make way for the new driveway. The remaining half has been overwhelmed by ivy, which has since been cut at the roots, so which will soon begin to wither on the vine. The hard part in saving the hawthorn has yet to come, as I will have to pull all of the dead ivy out of the tree and hope that the hawthorn, once freed from the strangulation, will be able to recover. I think that I may have to call on the services of a tree surgeon. The man charged with mutilating the tree was reluctant to do so, although I think that his reluctance had less to do with superstition than it had to do with preferring not to have to bother. Nevertheless, it is said that it is bad luck to cut down a hawthorn tree, unless doing so for medicinal purposes (apparently the berries, flowers and leaves all have medicinal qualities). The fairies, who are reputed to favour hawthorns (which are reincarnated witches, so it is said) for their homes, according to ancient Celtic folklore, don't appreciate their homes being destroyed to make way for fences. The berries on display here are from another tree in my garden - one that is not so useful medicinally, but which, nonetheless, has much Celtic folklore and superstition attached to it. The rowan's berries are amazing things: they start off bright yellow, then turn bright red, then black, then they fall to the ground. This is my PaD because the HAWTHORN pictures didn't turn out too well.

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Carmen23-Sep-2004 20:23
Gorgeous, striking colors! Wonder what sort of visions you'd have if you ate them? ;^) Vivid ones, no doubt...
Melanie11-Sep-2004 14:22
I had started to comment that we have that same thing near where I live. but after reviewing my photo, (seen here: ) I realized they aren't quite the same.

Love the story about the hawthorn trees. I had heard some similiar stories growing up.
Cheryl Hawkins09-Sep-2004 21:40
A beautiful photo. Do the stems stay red?
Guest 09-Sep-2004 20:58
Fantastic array of cours. I particularly like the stalks.
Argishti Khachik09-Sep-2004 06:54
Excellent. Very lovely shot. Great DOF and composition.
Very well done Stu.
northstar3709-Sep-2004 06:36
berry nice!
Jude Marion09-Sep-2004 06:20
Beautiful colours! So vivid and vibrant!
There is a real freshness about this image ... very nice!
jude09-Sep-2004 02:04
Excellent colors here Stewart.. I like the DOF... and the vivid look to it
Gayle P. Clement09-Sep-2004 01:35
These look like they should taste wonderful. Do they?
Karen Leaf09-Sep-2004 00:34
Nice bright berries and stem, and a couple small webs?
Larry Ahern08-Sep-2004 23:51
Very colorful!!
laine8208-Sep-2004 23:07
Nice & bright Stewart, would be a shame to lose it.
Anne Young08-Sep-2004 22:22
Guest 08-Sep-2004 21:46
Nice colors. So, what is the folklore associated with the Rowan tree? You tell a great story! :)
Robin Reid08-Sep-2004 20:38
Good looking image. I'll bet they taste berry, berry good?
Jill08-Sep-2004 19:34
Such vibrant color of berry and stem. It can be saved.
Zak08-Sep-2004 19:23
tasty looking!