There are times inn life when we could all do with a little more support I guess....
These trees were growing near the now derelict hamlet of Whiteworks on Dartmoor, the one on the RHS is a Rowan.
Rowan (Mountain Ash)
Reputed to provide protection against evil and witchcraft, with crosses made of its branches worn for these reasons. Found on mainland Britain many occurrences are known for its use including tying twigs to milk buckets to stop it from turning sour; making garlands to be hung around the necks of pigs to promote fattening; handing twigs outside houses and livestock areas tied with red thread as protection; and feeding the berries to livestock to guarantee easy births. A highly respected tree for the Druids.
The mystic properties of the Rowan tree have been somewhat feared by witches according to legend as it was believed to hold powers that counteracted the effect of negative energies. A branch placed in a house on Good Friday or placed in a bed was said to ward off such forces. Wearing a sprig of the Rowan also protected against charms. It was advised to repeat the following prayer to ensure darker forces were aware of the presence of the Lord:
‘From Witches and Wizards, and long-tailed Buzzards,
And creeping things that run in hedge-bottoms,
Good Lord, deliver us!’
In Wales (UK) the Rowan tree has traditionally been considered to be a sacred tree. It was planted in churchyards to protect and act as a warning to negative forces and evil spirits. Reputedly not one churchyard would be without it. Wearing a cross made from the tree was a tradition followed once a year by the parish. Coffins were rested under a Rowan tree on the way to the funeral rather than leave it open and vulnerable to approaches by such forces.
In Sligo, Ireland, a legend tells of the ‘Forest of Dooros’. The ‘Dedannans’ or ‘Fairy Host’ dwelt there and were believed to have brought some of the scarlet berries from the Rowan tree to the Forest from Fairyland. One of the berries fell to the ground and out of this grew a huge Rowan tree. It was believed that the eating one of the berries, which tasted of sweet honey, would make a person very happy having the same effect as drinking wine. Some may even live to be one hundred years old. Eating three of the berries from this tree would ensure not only that the person would not only live to be at least one hundred years old but also return to the age of thirty. ‘Sharvan’ was a giant and lived in the forest keeping guard of the tree.
One way of delivering yourself if you had been baptised from repeated visitations was to try and touch a witch with a branch of the Rowan tree. This action was reputedly successful. The next time the evil eye or Devil required someone as a victim, the unfortunate would no longer be troubled by negative forces. Instead a witch would be taken.
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snunney (100850) 2014-08-28 1:46
An interesting capture of these intertwined trees leaning on each other for support. They sit well against the attractive pastel blue sky. Good control over depth of field with pin sharp focus into the far distance. Pleasing natural colours and excellent sharpness and detail.
mesutilgim (95554) 2014-08-28 2:27
This is coexistence of the nature !
Very nice capture and perfect title.
TFS and best regards
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-28 4:54
a tender and beautifully simple motive here but in an irresistible landscape. It makes for a wonderful image and illustrates a noble sentiment too! Love it!
asajernigan (21427) 2014-08-28 7:39
This photo has an almost surreal look to it. The intertwining trees are set nicely against the crisp background. The soft lighting adds to the mood of the scene.
Gerrit (52097) 2014-08-28 8:26
It looks like these trees are wrestling for a good spot is this rather treeless landscape. Fine colors and great composition.
fabbs99 (17167) 2014-08-28 10:30
Another cool image of the tree denoting life is tree and tree is life in a serene environment.Great piece of work.TFS.
Noel_Byrne (31674) 2014-08-28 10:55
This is a great find, the way these two old trains are intertwined is very interesting and makes a beautiful image. I can easily imagine a thousand legends being associated with this place, two lovers buried here that swore they would always be together, or perhaps two old wizards that never stopped warring, even reborn as trees the battle continues, haha. Fascinating place, thanks again
jean113 (5167) 2014-08-28 12:53
Hello Les, these trees have such 'expressive' shapes, obviously it is the weather conditions that make them so.
They certainly provide a good focal point for your shot of Dartmoor.
Lovely natural colours.
lousat (92964) 2014-08-28 15:17
Hi Les,very interesting and very rare this love between the trees..ehehe...beautiful capture another time,a top quality pic with a beautiful background too,i like the mystic note too..ehhee...have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
npecanhuk (75592) 2014-08-30 3:25
Hi Leslie! Beautiful picture of lovely and pleasant-looking natural details! Sharpness, rxposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are excellent here too! Cheers, Neyvan
- Copyright: Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) (16398)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-08-25
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: NikonD300s, 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/30 seconds
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- Theme(s): West Devon Part 2 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-28 1:37