The Old Man of Calke

ENDURANCE…..that is the topic for this weeks Photo Challenge (http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/endurance/) and there can be nothing more enduring than the natural world that is all about us.
The tree above is a very special tree. So special that it has been give a name “The Old Man of Calke”. Calke Abbey is a very old English Estate, this Oak tree is one of many veteran Oaks across the parkland. Experts reckon that it is over 2000 years old. It has survived time, storms, winters and summers, rains and of course even the Oak Beetle that has been feeding on it for centuries. No doubt over all that time it provided shelter for cattle and sheep whilst Deer will have grazed below its canopy.

 In more recent years a fence has been erected to provide some protection in the hope that there are many more years of life to come. Each year its crown is covered in leaves, sparse now in comparison to its earlier years but still very majestic.
In those 2000 years the world has changed…what stories it could tell if only it could speak

20th September

(C) David Oakes 2014


  1. Love it! We have a Horse Chestnut that is probably a couple of hundred years old with so many holes and openings I’m not sure how it is still standing. I’ve wondered what stories it could tell, but they would be nothing in comparison to stories ranging over 2000 years. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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