The art and math of tree fractals

My writing about art and math in nature are always among my most popular posts, and I’ve meant to write about fractals for a while because they fascinate me. This time of year the bare branches of deciduous trees display their full beauty and fascinating growth patterns. Did you know that most trees have no… Read More

Western hemlock – a new discovery

Following visits to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and Benmore Botanic Garden, botanical artist Nicola Macartney (collaborating in my GREEN GOLD book project) has started work painting sketches of western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) including foliage, cones and a section of bark. These elements will be included in the final painting which will feature in an… Read More

Moody treescape

I like how the trees and mist look like clouds. Shot on the Winter Solstice. View file and related images from my album: www.thetreephotographer.com/black_and_white Camera:  DMC-G3 Lens:  LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6 Focal Length:  300mm Shutter Speed:  1/125 s (with tripod) Aperture:  f/5.6 ISO/Film: 200

Hunting for a venerable ash tree – can you help?

The authors are searching for the finest example of a common ash (Fraxinus excelsior) tree to feature in The New Sylva. We hope that our readers can help by submitting their favourite ash trees – one of which will be selected and appear in the book frontispiece. Following the outbreak of ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea),… Read More

Oak processionary moth (OPM) – a disaster already happening

Every now and then in life you gain sudden clarity of vision about an issue; perhaps triggered by listening to someone erudite, reading something written with super clarity, or seeing it with your own eyes.  In my case it is the latter and I’m worried – super worried in fact. I am not prone to… Read More