Tree Snag and Lichen

Tree snag

Seeing some of the posts in my Reader, I’ve been suffering snow envy… just a little, much as I’d like any seasonal snow cover to be. To try to assuage these feelings, I’m sharing this scene from one of our visits to Dunham Massey’s winter garden near Manchester, while it had a smattering of snow.

On our travels, my sweetheart and I look out for attractive tree snags to point out to each other (then he spends some time bemoaning the fact that he cannot add it to the small stumpery in his garden). I’m not sure this snag qualifies as scenic, despite the golden light. If I was tempted to anthropomorphise, which is perhaps not the thing to do with this particular snag, I’d be forced to say it doesn’t look too happy to find itself in this state.

I am sure a close study would reveal plenty of life taking advantage of the decay. When insects examine the woodwork before checking in to a natural insect hotel, they apply different criteria than we humans might – rotten old tree trunks are as ritzy as it gets for some life forms.


Seeing the decorations and lights festooning homes and buildings then helping to put up Mum’s Christmas tree last night have made me appreciate this lichen covered branch in a different light. It’s been silvered and tinselled by Mother Nature. The chalky colours might at one time have seemed drab, but as I look more closely, I’m fascinated by the subtle shades of blue, green and copper. If I were an insect, this would be the hotel I’d choose.

After this, we should perhaps have one more look at last year’s blornaments.

Note: I’ve been having some intermittent issues with my newly updated Safari browser that prevents me from liking or commenting on posts. If you’ve missed me calling by, I’m sorry. I have learnt that if you find yourself signed out by WordPress when visiting a blog and click in the comment box at the foot of the post, a blue W (WordPress logo) appears below the comment box, beside the Twitter and Facebook symbols. Clicking on the W logo should sign you in and allow you to comment. You have to be visiting the blog itself, not in the Reader. Weirdly, this will still not allow you to like the post.

Update: I’ve changed to Firefox, which is working fine. Fingers crossed!

33 Replies to “Tree Snag and Lichen”

  1. Ha! Snow Envy! I so get it, especially when I happen to be in Southern California where the weather is even less eventful than it is here.

      1. That does not necessarily need to be a bad thing though. It is fun to crave a few things. (Perhaps ‘envy’ is a bad word.) Craving for the unfamiliar is partly why I enjoy traveling. I actually saw a little bit of snow in Oklahoma . . . and found why those who are familiar with it do not believe that it is worthy of envy.

        1. No, you’re right. We actually have snow forecasted nearby for tomorrow night with cold blustery winds, so it’s another case of being careful what you wish for.

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