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Maple Massacre

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Maple Massacre - a repeatedly-flailed field maple (Acer campestre) in an English hedgerow. Lumix GX7, 25mm, f1.4, 1/1000sec, ISO125, -0.7step, tripod.
Maple Massacre - a repeatedly-flailed field maple (Acer campestre) in an English hedgerow. Lumix GX7, 25mm, f1.4, 1/1000sec, ISO125, -0.7step, tripod.

Maple Massacre – a repeatedly-flailed field maple (Acer campestre) in an English hedgerow. Lumix GX7, 25mm, f1.4, 1/1000sec, ISO125, -0.7step, tripod.

I’ve been waiting patiently for the leaves on this field maple to fall after it was flailed again this Summer. The repeated flailing of this hedgerow maple has resulted a fantastic yet sorry form that only shows the resilience of trees to human hand.

See more of my tree photos on www.theTreePhotographer.com

Crowdsourcing questions for global project

July 16, 2014

Gabriel Hemery

Gabriel Hemery - one question for T20Q

Gabriel Hemery – one of my questions submitted to T20Q – have you submitted yours?

I am currently working on a global crowdsourcing project T20Q, which stands for Top 20 Questions for Forestry and Landscapes. T20Q encourages the forestry community to pose what they consider to be the key questions that should guide research and policy.

If you work in forestry, or have an interest as a business professional, student or retired individual, the project team are keen to hear from you. So far over 1000 questions have been received from more than 70 countries. Why not have your say? Visit the T20Q website.

I was interviewed recently by journalist Julie Mollins. Read the interview on the Global Landscapes Forum


T20Q is a project run by multiple partners. The website is hosted by the Sylva Foundation at: http://forestryevidence.com/t20q/

Time to prune your walnut trees

July 15, 2014

Gabriel Hemery

walnut wound early occlusion

walnut wound occlusion following pruning in July the year before

Remember to prune your walnut trees at this time of year. Traditionally walnut trees are best pruned on or around St. Swithin’s day. Read more

For more about growing walnuts for fruit production – see here

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking: Wood and Trees – War and Remembrance

July 1, 2014

Gabriel Hemery

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking: Wood and Trees: War and Remembrance

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking: Wood and Trees: War and Remembrance

I recently joined Paul Gough and Gail Ritchie to discuss, with presenter Samira Ahmed, the meaning of trees and wood in war and peacetime for BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking.

Discussions ranged from Paul Nash’s paintings of blasted tree stumps in the first world war and the army’s amazing periscope trees, to today’s commemorative planting initiatives. James Taylor from the Imperial War Museum also shared some fascinating insights into the role of wood in the Great War.

The programme is broadcast today at 22:00 or you can catch up afterwards via the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking web page

 

Poplar and mistletoe

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poplar and mistletoe in Normandy, France
poplar and mistletoe in Normandy, France

poplar and mistletoe in Normandy, France. Lumix GX7, 7mm, f5.6, 1/200sec, ISO125.

I escaped to France last week during the hiatus of the launch of The New Sylva – appropriately enough losing myself among the bocage and marais in Normandy.

There, Spring was well advanced yet the mornings full of misty promise. I stayed with my family in the very beautiful Parc naturel régional des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin (read more). I was amazed by the amount of mistletoe present on the trees among the hedgerows and marshes, which grew on nearly all tree species. Its favourite host appeared to be poplar.

I waited in the cold with my camera early one morning until the mist just accentuated the amazing growths of mistletoe on this poplar tree, while the top of the tree itself was lost in the low mist. There, down on the lowest part of the marais (marsh), skylark and moorhen accompanied me to the waking of a new dawn.

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Gabriel Hemery

Book signing

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Gabriel Hemery signing The New Sylva

Originally posted on The New Sylva:

With the official publication day just over one week away, the authors have been preparing by signing copies pre-ordered via the online shop of the Sylva Foundation.

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