Beauty Hiding In Plain Sight

The ground from the main road into the Common is on a slight downward slope, so I got a slightly elevated view of the tree. I’ve been that way scores of times, but today the sun is shining. Sunlight makes objects more three-dimensional, so perhaps that is why I was struck by the beauty of the tree.

When I walked close to the trunk I thought how like a hippopotamus’ foot its trunk was at the point where the trunk disappeared in to the ground. How it spread its trunk in broad ‘toes’ to take fast hold of the ground.

I touched the trunk, and how solid it felt. A quick arc of time from when it was a sapling, and through to today.

Now that I look at it in the photo, it could be standing, arms outstretched, saying – “What? So you never noticed me before?”


  1. Tamara says:

    So THAT’s what you were doing earlier today – talking to a tree, eh?? 🙂 Just joking, and you are right: It’s a hubba-hubba tree for sure. Seriously, how lovely of you to notice it in such detail. I bet you made its day all the finer.


    1. Ah, thank you for the nice comment 🙂


  2. Joan E. Miller says:

    It is indeed an impressive tree! What species is it??


    1. I think it is a Lime tree. We have lots of them in Cambridge but none that have so much space to grow. The others are planted in lines, and each tree has to accommodate to the next, so the growth is narrower.


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