I thought this may be of Interest….
The image above is of one of several very special Veteran Oak’s that we often pass:- it was taken at the end of November. A rich canopy of golden and brown Oak leaves.
Fast forward to June 1st the first meteorological day of summer and the same scene looks very different….
It is an area of Woodland that without any doubt can tell many a story of events in its life time. Veteran Oak trees many hundreds of years old have seen Kings hunting for Deer, Soldiers in the Civil War seeking cover, followed by Nobles again hunting but also to enjoy their new found activity of leisure….thankfully this is one custom continued today by the visitors who’s only thought is to enjoy these woods and adjoining countryside.
But of all the many magnificent Oak’s there is one in particular that we find very special. It must also be special to others as it actually has a name “The Old Man of Calke”.
Reputably aged at well over 1000 years it is no surprise that the Old Man does show its age. So each spring we make pilgrimage to see if it has made it through another winters weather of cold, snow, ice and gales….and once again it is sprouting a thick canopy of leaf from its sparse branches
We Pass This Way But Once….or so it is said.
For the Old Man that may well have been but once…though it has seen a great many of our lifetimes. I often wonder just how many folk have passed this way.
(C) David Oakes 2016