A Tree Trunk at Studley Royal, Yorkshire

I love stone walls and stone in general and trees too, so when I saw this tree growing through a wall in the grounds of Studley Royal/Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire I just had to snap it for posterity.

a tree root

I ‘collect’ organic textures with the intention of converting them into some sort of textile at some point in the future. Embroidery, needlepoint, collage or maybe I’ll just try my hand at drawing it. It’s the first thing like this which I’m putting on to my organic textures Pinterest board but I have lots more to add when I get around to it. Maybe other people will find it interesting too.

I’m impressed by the tree’s determination to survive in a hostile atmosphere, and its problems have just made it more beautiful. I should have turned the camera up and snapped the actual tree – but I didn’t, silly me!

Studley Royal, Yorkshire

Studley Royal is a water garden, owned by English National Trust which adjoins Fountains Abbey, it was created in the 1700s and its setting is very artificial looking compared with all the trees which surround it, but gardening has always been about fashion and I suppose the moulding and taming of the natural water to a man made shape was popular then. The photo below seems quite foreshortened somehow, it was actually taken quite a long way away from the bridge. The whole place is covered with hundreds of pheasants, you can just see a couple of them in the foreground. It was a surprise to me that there were so many of them because I thought that they mainly spent their time hanging about on the edges of roads, trying to chuck themselves in front of cars. They are handsome looking birds but terrifyingly stupid.

a stone bridge

The photo below is taken from quite high up on the opposite bank from Fountains Abbey, as you can see, some of the trees were just beginning to get into their autumn colours. The water is home to quite a variety of birds.

reflections at Studley Royal

This octagonal tower is one of several ‘folly’ like structures in the gardens, the others are mini classical temples but I thought this was the prettiest of them.

an octagonal tower

I couldn’t resist another view of the tree reflections. Studley Royal is a lovely place to visit, even on a cold and slightly misty autumn day. It involves quite a lot of walking and some steep paths but it’s well worth it if you’re fit enough. If you aren’t up to it then you can just enjoy the view from the water’s edge. You can see more views here.

a long view, Studley Royal.