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Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Lucy Corrander - Pollarded Tree in Park - 12th February 2009

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Hermes said...

I've never really liked polladed trees and these look sinister to me against that sky.

Lucy Corrander said...

I don't like them either!

But in this case . . . there's a ring of them round a bandstand . . . a really weird arrangement . . . and, just at the moment when they are very dark and leafless, they are interestingly and impressively strange, alien sculptures.

Pollarded trees lining streets - I grew up where this was common and they were the first things in the world which struck me as ugly.

When I asked why they were like this - and was told it was because the branches would otherwise grow too close to people's windows . . . that's my earliest memory of thinking something was badly planned!

And the pollarding of trees also introduced me to the idea of conscious cruelty - long before I was aware of it between humans!

So . . . to find a group of pollarded trees which I find in any way worthy of photographing . . . !


easygardener said...

Yes they are ugly. I do wonder if the cost of pruning would be better spent replacing them with more suitable trees. We have some locally - in the pavement, literally 5 feet from front doors. Can't be good for the foundations.

Victoria said...

This is a really good example of how photography can make something ugly look beautiful. These trees look really sculptural and the light is fantastic. But I'm sure if I went past them in real life, I'd think: "Poor trees!" Like you, I grew up in a street where they never seemed to stop chopping the trees about.

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Easy Gardener

I wonder what people are thinking of when they plant trees in pavements and so close to houses . . . and it's still happening!

And trees so close to the edges of roads they will bash the top decks of buses when they are grown.

Can anyone really plant a tree with the intention of pollarding it one day, or lopping it one-sided?


Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Victoria

I was almost mesmerised by this circle of trees.

I don't know if you clicked on the picture to enlarge it - but seen like that, the branches are almost unbearably ugly and sinister.


HappyMouffetard said...

Very snister. Like pleading hands reaching up into the sky.

HappyMouffetard said...

Actually, looking at the photo again, not so much pleading hands but fists being shaken at the sky.

Lucy Corrander said...

Happy Mouffetard - I agree with your second comment - these fists look very agressive. The more I look at this picture, the more weird and frightening their shapes become. They also seem like sentient, horrible creatures - very Dr Who-ish.


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