This ancient oak stands at the T junction of two lanes just a little way from the Shropshire home of Anthony Sargeant. The lanes around this part of Shropshire are punctuated with old Oak trees. From time to time in high winds branches will break off but otherwise they stand solid and naturally gaunt. Just about to burst into new growth as the leaf buds open in mid-April. (yesterday when this photograph was taken it was Easter Saturday – 15th April 2017)
This photograph was taken by Anthony Sargeant from the bedroom window of his Shropshire home on 30th December 2016 at around midday. The view is towards the East looking across the River Corve which lies just below the house surrounded by water meadows. In the middle distance sheep are grazing in the meadow on the far side of the river. The English countryside has a beautiful transclucent quality in the winter when the deciduous trees have shed their leaves.
The grounds are open to the public and maintained by The National Trust. Anthony Sargeant visited on a crisp winter’s day just before Christmas 2016. Above is the photograph Tony took on the day looking back from just in front of the HaHa towards the main house. The grounds and parkland were given over to The National Trust which restored them to their original splendour largely as designed in the 18th Century by Capability Brown and others. The gardens and natural looking parklands and lakes have very little to do with nature and almost everything to do with human creativity based on the labour of countless poor peasants who dug out the lakes and waterways, sculpted hills built artifical temples and had their own hovels demolished to give the aristocracy fine views.
Anthony Sargeant took this photograph in August 2010 from the jetty at Elgol a small fishing village in the south of the Island. On the other side of the sea loch the impressive and rugged Cuillin Mountains can be seen just topped with low cloud on a fine summer day.