Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hornbeams and Plane Trees: Valentines Park

In my recent post about Epping Forest I mentioned Hornbeams and the fact that they always remind me of Red Deer's antlers. Their English name is in fact derived from the fact that they are "horn-like", plus the Old English word for a tree: "beam". Here are some images of a Hornbeam in Valentines Park which illustrate this boney look :

I first got to know Plane trees when a student in London, being fascinated by the snake-like texture of their peeling bark:

This tree in Valentines Park is quite different, with its over-the-top warty trunk:

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