Background photo - Junipers in the gardens of Le Corbusier's celebrated "L'Unite" building, Marseille, France 2008
October 2012 - Hoisting the mainsail
This picture of a Sycamore was taken in a sheltered glen north of Dornie at the end of October. At first I thought it still hads a lot of leaves on it but as I got closer I realised that the mass of stuff in the canopy was 'helicopters', the fruit of the tree. This is an extraordinary number of helicopters in one year. Treees are known to do this periodically at the end of what is known as 'mast years'. The term has nothing to do with ships' masts or sails but that sense of the word 'mast' seems somehow appropriate.
In a year of weather that has been hard for many tree species, the Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) seems to have done particularly well, with good leaf shape, absence of Tar Spot fungus and aphids and, for this tree at least, an abundance of seed