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greenwich park tree drawings

I haven't had a chance to draw the trees in Greenwich Park for AGES and they really missed me.



So Stuart and I went to the park and drew trees. I think this one's a hazel tree. This one's a sweet chestnut (thanks to bunn for identifying it!). It's pretty awesome. The drawing is not quite so awesome, I feel very out of practice. But I didn't really care, it was just good to be back.



Here's Stuart's drawing. I always find if very interesting, seeing how he works out things on paper.




If you've never been to Greenwich Park, it's one of the world's best museums of trees. Some of them are 500 or so years old and twisted and burled into the most amazing shapes.



Here's an a capella version of the Bastille song I can't get out of my head right now. Probably everyone's already heard of Bastille but I'm just getting into them.

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bunn
May. 26th, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
I don't think that's a hazel. Hazels don't usually get that big or that old, and the leaves look long rather than round. Hard to tell without being able to see the leaves more clearly, but I'm guessing at sweet chestnut. It's a fabulous old tree, whatever it is!
jabberworks
May. 26th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
Oo, thanks for that! I thought it might not be a chestnut because it doesn't have the cone of whitish flowers like the other chestnuts around it. But there were lots of extremely spiky seed pod coverings around the base, so that makes sense that it'd be a different kind of chestnut. Maybe they're horse chestnuts and this one's a sweet chestnut?
bunn
May. 26th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
That sounds likely - Horse chestnuts are the ones where the leaves group together like 'hands' with several leaves on one stalk, and those big handsome cones of flowers.

Sweet chestnuts are a bit more chaotic in the leaf department, with much smaller flowers. A really ancient tree like that one is maybe a bit more likely to be a sweet chestnut because they have been here since the Romans, whereas the horse chestnut is a relative newcomer.

Both of them have spiky nut-cases, but sweet chestnut cases are a bit smaller and have loads of densely packed spines, whereas horse chestnut cases are more knobbly.

I love trees. :-)
jabberworks
May. 26th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
You're spot on about the spines, they're like little porcupines, where the other trees have spines like blowfish. Yay, thank you! :)

I love trees, too, but I need to learn a lot more about them! I read in Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods that North America used to have this enormous tree called the American chestnut, but they all died out in a single blight (which is so, so tragic). The chestnuts in Greenwich Park started to look bad when we had a blight a couple years ago, and I got really scared, but then the trees seemed all right, and I heard people say it was because we had a cold winter, and the Asian blight couldn't survive the chill. Big relief.
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