Beauty….. is in the eye of the Beholder !


The Blasted Oak

The crystal clear blue skies are acting as a great backdrop to familiar sights.  This old Oak, not as big as it once was, is the victim of a lightening strike a couple of decades ago. It struggled on for a few years then fungus took hold and it has been in decline ever since. But it is still standing a dramatically different tree scape on this hillside ridge.

So there I was taking this shot when a passer-by, shouted….“what an eyesore….. should be knocked down”.  I felt like questioning his judgement but thought it would be a waste of time.  He would never understand that Oak trees, even when dying,  continue to support an enormous amount of life, a food source, a vital part of the habitat.  Oak trees are reported to support more wildlife than any other tree….. it is said that an Oak grows for 300 year, lives for 300 years and then dies for 300 years… and we know some even older.  So I guess Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


The sun took a little time to clear the morning haze, but when it did you could feel that heat.  Just a little breeze in exposed places to cool you, but this could be summer not spring.  The reminders of springs progress are changing each day.  Lilac is now in flower, new growth on the Pine trees ( I call these pine candles), Bluebells are fading and Cherry Blossom still fights on….

By midday that sun was scorching (I guess 26c) so some shade by the Lake was very welcome.


High Noon, Allestree Lake

Tomorrow is the start of a decline in our weather, well that is what we are told!  With luck it will be back to a normal spring, at the worst winter!!!

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

25th April

(C) David Oakes 2020





6 thoughts on “Beauty….. is in the eye of the Beholder !

  1. Beautiful work!

    I love the vividness. It tells a story itself.
    I also really like the idea of a prompt “Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder” guiding the interpretations for the images. It is as if I see the image anew given a different priming prompt.

    Thank you for sharing! (:


  2. I don’t know if I would have been able to resist some sort of reply to your rude and insensitive passer-by. Old trees have such character and could tell such stories!


    1. There are times when it is best not to waste one’s time and breath responding……. They would never understand. They wouldn’t even spot (or hear) the woodpeckers that love that old stump 😊


      1. I agree, in principle. It’s probably best not to follow first impulse but to let the callous dog lie for a bit longer but, on the other hand, a kindly-considered counterthought might just awaken a sleeping puppyhood in his imagination.


        1. He was happy and went on his way…I was happy enjoying the day. I did of course wonder at what else he would miss out on during his walk. But I guess we are not all the a same 🙂


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