Another view from the village of Saint-Romain-de-Benet.
A number of you have remarked on the strangely shaped trees to be seen in this village and indeed in many other towns and villages in France. This is the result of an annual spring pruning of the upper branches using a technique called pollarding.
Pollarding is a pruning technique that has been used for many years for various different reasons, including:
Preventing trees outgrowing their allotted space
Maintaining trees at a desired uniform height
Reducing the shade cast by a tree
Preventing electric wires and street lights being obstructed
Pollarding is only carried out on certain types of trees. It is most likely that these are plane trees, though I am no expert.
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jurek1951 (42194) 2014-03-16 1:05
a beautiful photo of this elegant architecture, the composition is very nice, great lights and details, splendid shot,
Nicou (127852) 2014-03-16 1:10
la table et les bancs de bois sous les platanes quelle vue et iamge quelle rendu et ce formes des platanes avec les maisons blanches en fond sueprbe vue.
Bravo et amitié
emka (84169) 2014-03-16 1:27
Thank you very much for this post as I was interested in the trees pruned in this way. I will try to remember a new word - pollarding. I saw many such trees when I traveled in spring time in northern Italy. I think they were usually Platanus × acerifolia. Nice shot. The building behind the trees looks very nice too.
Have a beautiful day
papagolf21 (89122) 2014-03-16 1:29
Bonjour, cher Stephen,
Un village français tranquille ! Les maisons typiques de la région ressortent joliment.
Quant aux arbres taillés sévèrement ils vont reprendre des couleurs très prochainement.
Royaldevon (32627) 2014-03-16 2:04
Yes, I remember you showing trees like this from other locations in France. They do create quite a distinctive shape and make very interesting elements in a photograph; they create quite an 'hallelujah' mood with their uplifted limbs.
A very nicely composed shot with good balance and fine light control in difficult circumstances.
Have a great Sunday,
lousat (81112) 2014-03-16 2:40
Bonjour Steph,tres jolie capture dans les 1eres journees ensoleilles de Fevrier,les arbres dorment encore mais le fraich vert de la pelouse est parfaict pour contraster les autres couleurs,composition originale et avec des excellents details aussi.Bon Dimanche et merci,Luciano
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-16 3:34
another fascinating shot of these triffid-esque trees. I love the shapes and they add such character to this wonderful and charming little village. Wonderful!
Have an enjoyable Sunday - B.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-16 3:42
Thanks for explaining the unique looking trees. This is a nice view of the building behind these trees from your well chosen POV. I like composition with the curve of the path. Nice photo with natural colours and light. Thanks for sharing.
Fis2 (88823) 2014-03-16 3:54
Next interesting place.
Curious building and windows.
Trees are unique, make impression.
I like frame and colours.
Have a nice sunday.
Me cold and raining:(
Noel_Byrne (26567) 2014-03-16 4:41
Nice to see these odd alien trees even more up close, and thanks for the note on them. This way of pruning results in a strange and oddly beautiful result, as you show once again here. Lovely bursts of color in this scene too, from the green and reds through to the delicate blue sky.
Sergiom (65271) 2014-03-16 5:21
Encore une fois tu mets en vedette ces superbes arbres sans feuilles qui donnent l'impression d'humains figés dans une stupeur quelconque.C'est le grand calme dans le village.
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-16 6:47
A nice shot of this beautiful village square, Stephen - and thanks for the education on pollarding, as I've often wondered about trees that look as these do. The architecture here is interesting and reminds me more of Italy than France, but then I suppose this town is in the South of France and more Mediterranean in outlook. Thanks!
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2014-03-16 6:50
again a nice architectural shot... Again a nice composition. I like how you delt with such harsh light. Nicely presented shot. Tfs.
Kamilutka (8103) 2014-03-16 9:00
these tress look little bit funny and little bit strange but nevertheless they draw attention. I like how you combined them with some architecture on the left which is interesting itself. Good POV for this image and well kept colors.
Thanks also for interesting note.
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-03-16 12:02
Super photo of this village scene in Saint Romain de Benet, and the pollard trees, they look quite amusing in this state waiting for their spring growth.
Well managed, splendid note.
We had 18c, full sunshine today, been on kayak on the River Waveney at Bungay, gorgeous, trust you guys are having good weather.
mirosu (15126) 2014-03-16 19:27
Another excellent view to nice houses. Same as the previous, also here I like very much the composition with the trees in front (they have nice winter cut).
Very well done.
Corry (4508) 2014-03-16 21:09
Belle vue sur ce petit parc avec ces arbres étêtés. La note est très intéressante. Merci du partage.
SnapRJW (31625) 2014-03-17 3:05
Hello Stephen - This really shows off the strange deformities resulting from the pollarding of the trees. In the winter the table and bench are warmed by the sunshine and in the summer those who use it get the benefit of the shade. A pleasant and peaceful looking place to enjoy some fresh air.
An attractive little corner.
Warm regards Rosemary
ChrisJ (102789) 2014-03-17 16:46
Another good shot of this interesting old building. The curved road adds good lead in lines. Excellent sharpness with good color and saturation. In China many of the trees in cities are encircled with white insecticide infused paint. Looks like the same here as we can see blisters in the trunk where the trees have tried to heal themselves and isolate irritants such as borers and beetle larvae that feed on the wood. Tfs!
Cricri (110295) 2014-03-18 10:10
Ces arbres font une des beauté du village, a la fois original et spectaculaire, bon cadrage et superbe lumière
pierrefonds (59370) 2014-03-18 18:33
Les arbres aident au cadrage de l'image. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs des maisons. La lumière a un bel effets sur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (88383)
- Genre: Places
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- Date Taken: 2014-02-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
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- Date Submitted: 2014-03-16 0:50