lens-artists photo challenge #50 – trees

This week is it, Ann Christine, my “girlfriend” and blogging sister that has chosen the subject, trees… a subject that is her in a nutshell, she is one with the forests and trees.

“Fear cuts deeper than swords.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

The Dark Hedges is an avenue of beech trees along Bregagh Road between Armoy and Stranocum in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The trees form an atmospheric tunnel that has been used as a location in HBO’s popular TV series “Game of Thrones”, which has resulted in the avenue becoming a more popular tourist attraction. In about 1775 James Stuart built a new house, named Gracehill House after his wife Grace Lynd. Over 150 beech trees were planted along the entrance road to the estate, today is there only 80 left and the avenue are now closed for traffic. (May 2019)

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.
The second best time is now.”
Chinese proverb

Ann Christine and I visit the beautiful medieval town of Køge, which is a seaport on the coast of Køge Bugt 39 km Southwest of Copenhagen in June. Big as Landskrona, around 35ooo people. A very picturesque and incredibly friendly town full of smiles. We had a fantastic day with both sunshine and heavy rain. Along the railway line, we saw this beautiful piece of art and nature. What I understand was cut down shortly after our visit. What a terrible thing to do. Such eye catcher and so healthy. (July 2014)

“I will never be able to go back to Sweden without
knowing inside myself that I’d done
all a man could do to save
as many Jews as possible”
Raoul Wallenberg

In the Raul Wallenberg Memorial Garden on the Great Synagogue’s north side in Budapest, the Holocaust (or Emanuel) Tree of Life Memorial, designed by Imre Varga in 1991 and paid for by the late American actor Tony Curtis for his Hungarian-born father Emanuel Schwartz, stands over the mass graves of those murdered by the Nazis in 1944–45. Every leaf of this metal tree is inscribed with names of some of the hundreds of thousands of victims. (February2017)“An Oak tree is a daily reminder that great things
often have small beginnings.”
Matshona Dhliwayo

This 500-year-old-oak is to be found at the Wanås castle estate in the Southern part of Sweden. During the Snapphane wars Wanås was central to the Danish guerrillas, and in this oak tree where many were hanged. Imagining if this tree could talk. (July2017) “The olive tree is surely the richest gift of Heaven.
I can scarcely expect bread.”
Thomas Jefferson

Last year in October I visit my Scottish friends, Liz and Ian, at their Spanish retreat in Mojácar and one of the many adventures and experiences the arranged for me was a visit to the “Olivas Querencia“ olive grove, which is located in San Fransico, about 15 min drive from Huercal Overa. The olive grove is owned by Angela (British) and Willem (Dutch) … what a fantastic couple. The olive grove has a total of 2227 trees.

Their olive grove produces the highest quality of olive oil (liquid gold). And before we left I became “godmother” for one of the self-growing trees – and that cost me €40/£36/$47/424SEK. That tree carries now the name TheaMaria, my middle names. (October 2017)

As cloud for this post has I chosen Chopin Waltz in A Minor-Op. 34, No. 2, here performed by the American pianist multi-award winning pianist and composer Chad Lawson.  This was used in the motion picture produced and directed by Roman Polanski, The Pianist. The extraordinary true story of one man’s survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945,” Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jewish radio station pianist.


The soundtrack contains 10 pieces of Chopin’s masterpieces all played by Polish pianist Janusz Olejniczak, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and the original score piece was composed by Wojciech Kilar.


23 thoughts on “lens-artists photo challenge #50 – trees

  1. A beautiful response to the challenge Viveka. along with your images, I loved the Chinese quote. We saw the Budapest tree when we visited but our guide was horrible and when we asked what it was she either didn’t know or perhaps was an anti-semite, but following that incident we asked for and got a different guide. Thanks so much for explaining it.

    • Thank you, Tina … yes, that Chinese proverb is great … but the old Chinese are well known for very wise.
      So sad that you didn’t get to know the story behind the “Tree of Life” and Raoul Wallenberg. A bad guide can destroy so much of a visit to a place. Always a pleasure and we learn something new every day. Didn’t know it was donated by Tony Curtis until a couple of weeks ago. Beautiful monument.

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  3. So, I am with you on a part of this journey, Viveka – thank you! Love that tree in Budapest too – would love to see it. And I do agree on having a bad guide….it can destroy the whole experience.

    • Maybe we should put Budapest on our do-it-list … I really like the city. Really nice people and great food. Stunning building, maybe not that advanced as Prague yet. Checking out restaurants now for Szczecin – and try to locate a good hairdresser. I like Polish hairdressers, they are very good. *smile

  4. Listening to your lovely Chopin and reading your thoughtful post, Vivi (while the washer chugs in the background 🙂 ) The pingbacks are not working well at the minute so it can be tricky. Hugs, darlin!

    • Chopin … gave given us so much beautiful music. Thoughtful post???? A humble thank you. It landed straight in my software. Ann Christine is a master on thoughtful posts, but me???? Thanks!!! Washing???? Not until 24th. Going away for a couple of days over Midsummer. Girlfriend Hug.

      • Having a quiet week here after all the Azores excitement. Well, as quiet as I can be while line dancing 🙂 🙂 And it’s Tavira Day on 24th so the town is looking very pretty. Paper flowers everywhere. 🙂

      • They have some kind of festival in Porto too this weekend, street parties with food and drink. Have you found a line dancing group down there too.??? Lucky you. Azores look stunningly beautiful. Have to put in on my do-it-list I think. Enjoy your quite week.

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