Some of the ivy flowers and berries which were like firework balls in the autumn have turned into woody, spiky, fascinating things in which texture and structure are more prominent than colour.
They are mixed in with glossy, established leaves.
(Flies like ivy.)
And, because it's spring - there are new leaf buds.
And new leaves!
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THE ELDER SECTION
Clusters of buds for elderberry flowers are beginning to form. More on some trees than on others.
|And, beneath them, the scented flowers of alexanders.|
Here's our elderberry shoot - it's the smallest one in the middle. Before long we will not be able to see it for other leaves. I chose it because it's in the crook of a branch and, therefore, easily identifiable but it's rather annoying that it's the slowest on the tree to grow!
THE SOUND ROUND A TREE
Pictures are important. In them, we can see all sorts of things which we'd probably not notice if we weren't taking time to examine a static image. However, a tree is more than a picture. Below are a couple of short video clips of 'our' elderberry clump. Nothing happens. That's the point. It's a little pause to listen. I've not yet managed to upload anything of a satisfying length so they stop almost as soon as they start. Apologies for that. My intention was to offer a moment in which to stand (or sit!) and stare and to be aware. Hopefully, I'll work out how to load longer clips without destroying the quality as time goes by. Meanwhile . . . oh, and if you click the YouTube option you can see them larger.
Looking up the bank to the Elderberry Clump and listening to the birds at dawn.
April 15th 2012.
The Elderberry Shoot framed by the stems of Alexanders.
Around 3:30 pm in the afternoon of April 20th 2012.
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