The hard pale brown wood of the rowan was used to make bows in the middle ages, also used for tool handles, bowls and plates and for general woodcraft. The berries were used to make rowan jelly which was eaten with meat and helped prevent gout.
The berries from the Rowan were processed for jams, pies, and bittersweet wines. They also made a tea to treat urinary tract problems, haemorhoids and diarrhea. The fresh juice of the berries is a mild laxative, and helps to soothe inflammed mucous membranes as a gargle. Containing high concentrations of Vitamin C, the berries were also ingested to cure scurvy - a Vitamin C deficiency disease.
Even today, one of the sugars in the fruit is sometimes given intravenously to reduce pressure in an eyeball with glaucoma.
Caution, however, must be taken when using the berries. They are reported to contain a cancer-causing compound, parasorbic acid. The poisonous elements are neutralized by cooking the berries though.
The bark was also employed for several medicinal purposes. A decoction of the bark was considered a blood cleanser and was used to treat diarrhea, nausea, and upset stomach.
The wood of European Mountain Ash is a tough, strong wood used in making tool handles, cart-wheels, planks, and beams. The Rowan was once a tree of ill repute in Northern Europe, where the Celtic Druids had venerated it. It was associated with witchcraft in 15th-16th century England where it was a symbol of paganism and the supernatural.
One thing Dartmoor is not short of is walls and another thing is stone with which to build them, there must be literally hundreds of miles of walling across the moor. It is also surprising how deep into remote areas the walls extend and are a true testament to the wall builders resolve.
Critiques | Translate
fds (5317) 2011-01-28 11:38
very beautiful picture
i love the tree in the photo very great red tree in this very nice picture
dta (51480) 2011-01-28 11:51
Hello Leslie ,
The red tree and the old stoned wall are two attractive elements in the FG of this composition . But we can also discover in the Bg a typical brittish rural landscape .
Excellent DOF .
dipsybee (292) 2011-01-28 13:18
This is a well captured landscape with an interesting note. The colours are lovely and I like the way the wall and the rowan tree frame the shot drawing the eye to the distant hills. A wonderful peaceful scene.
asajernigan (19669) 2011-01-28 13:55
This is a great shot of this Rowan tree. The stone wall in the foreground is great providing a border for the shot. The horizontal layers through the scene leads the eye nicely. The off center placement of the tree works well here. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has fine sharpness.
Zolive (4570) 2011-01-28 15:18
very nice landscape with the stone wall and the tree on the left. Good composition. Well done.
samson (1227) 2011-01-29 0:36
A lovely country scene, I'd say
The beautiful tree took centre stage of course
mikeyeats (1019) 2011-01-29 3:14
Lovely picture. This shows the joy of living in the West Country. The wall is a lovely thing. I remember years ago watching one being build nest to the road between Tavistock and Mary Tavy, it has matured now in a beautiful way both the stones and the plants growing on it.
All the best
Bluejeans (64239) 2011-01-29 4:06
Bonita esta paisagem com estes campos pintados de verde , bom primeiro plano com este muro e esta árvore, boa profundidade de foto , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
snunney (67394) 2011-01-29 4:28
You have provided us with a very interesting note to accompany this beautiful composition. The shot is well composed on classical lines and depth of field perfectly controlled. Lovely natural colours and superb clarity. Have a good weekend.
tyro (13111) 2011-01-29 5:24
A fine shot with lovely autumnal colours, the rather ragged rowan tree being very nicely placed in the frame. An excellent composition and lovely and sharp.
Personally, I found your note very interesting indeed. I'm becoming a little disappointed these days when people obviously go to some lengths to research and write notes and yet few people seem to mark a note as "useful". This one, however, has received some "useful" tags. Myself, I always thought that rowan berries were poisonous and that was it - I didn't realise that, when cooked, they were not and that they also had medicinal qualities.
ines8 (5838) 2011-01-29 18:25
Beautiful picture, splendid tree, lovely colours and a very attractive background.
- Copyright: Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) (7299)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-10-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D80, 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): West Devon [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-28 11:18