The Tree with the Windy Hair

This week led me on an unexpected mission to seek out trees in windy places. It all began last weekend on a walk on Birkrigg Common, a popular walking spot near my house. My husband remarked that a tree in front of us had ‘windy hair’. As Brikrigg Common is an area of high ground with nothing between itself and Morecambe Bay, it’s rather at the mercy of the elements. Many of the trees there have grown in a leaning fashion, as though sculpted by the wind. The tree which my husband was remarking on is the large one pictured below. Inspired by the tree with the windy hair, I decided, as a lockdown mission, that I’d take opportunities this week to search for other such trees, in order to photograph them for my blog.

The next set of photographs is from a footpath that I only discovered a few weeks ago. It lies between Ulverston and Urswick, and skirts past a section of high ground that is labelled rather curiously on the map ‘hillfort’. There’s little evidence of a hillfort visible form the footpath, just a natural outcrop of limestone, and a small collapsed section of what could have been a wall or building, but this from a more recent era. Sadly the field doesn’t have the right of access, and far too many curious sheep, to go exploring further! There were however, some windswept trees perfectly positioned for my project.

It wouldn’t be Ulverston if my quest did not take me up Hoad Hill. While the top of the hill with the monument is rather bare of trees, this fine bunch lies in a field just beyond. These had caught my eye before, and I was really pleased I went back for another look as I arrived just as the sun as beginning to make it’s descent behind them. I love the shapes of light and shade that have formed on the grass.

I delved back into my photo collections to find this one, a blustery cluster of trees near the summit of Scout Scar which is close to Kendal. It was so windy that day that when the lady sitting a couple of meters away from me at the top decided to empty the remains of her coffee onto the floor, the wind took the entire lot sideways and splattered me instead. She was terribly embarrassed and I was sorry to get coffee on my best waterproof coat, but it does make for a good story! You can certainly see how the trees living there might end up leaning.

My final pictures today are from a walk up Gummer’s How in South Cumbria. Since I was passing anyway to collect some things from work, and it’s a route I know well, I decided I’d stop on my way for a quick walk. I knew it was forecast to be a stunning day, but I had not expected the cloud inversion which made for even more dramatic scenery. Well worth the (relatively) early start.

As well as taking the photographs I’ve been embarking on a spot of video editing of my tree hunting project too. This is something that’s very new to me but I am enjoying the challenge. Not sure my skills in that department are quite ready to share with the world yet though.

Have a good week everybody and I’ll be back with another blog post soon.

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