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Friday, 16 December 2011

The Weekend in Black and White

Thank you all for your lovely comments last week.
I feel rather ashamed that i haven't answered any of you, but I've had rather a poor week. I'll do better this week, I promise!


TWISTED

I found this shrub in the garden of a house I was visiting a while back. I've no idea what it is - I'll have to return in the spring and summer to find out. I couldn't resist all the lovely twisted shapes.



Thanks to you better informed people, I now know that this is a Corkscrew or Twisted Hazel (Corylus Avellana 'Contorta') also known as 'Harry Lauder's Walking Stick'. It should look beautiful in early spring.

You can find many wonderful photos through the links on the Home Page of the challenge. If you enjoy black and white photography, you should enjoy these!

25 comments:

Carver said...

I love these. It's always amazing to me how nature can produce such interesting variations. I hope you are feeling better.

Sivinden said...

It's a hazelnut tree that I also have in my garden. Don't know the English name though. Love these pictures!

Woody said...

That's very cool, I like the little twists and turns. I think it will look neat in the Spring, but by Summer, the branches are probably obscured.

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Very interesting, as usual:). Greetings from Brasov!

anemonen said...

I love it! Isn´t it magic hazel?

Tara said...

great finds and i love the twists...makes the photo more interesting and great in bw

Gemma Wiseman said...

Very artistic twists and turns! Like a wandering maze of maybe's!

Artlover said...

Exciting and beautiful forms in B&W.

Lui said...

Interesting indeed especially in BW.

lina@home sweet home said...

Very interesting! Love it and it looks good in B&W...

Lucy Corrander : Photos said...

I'd be delighted to have such a corkscrew plant in my garden.

Lachezar said...

Great work! Great capture!

NatureFootstep said...

this hazel is so beautiful. Sometimed they sell branches as decoratiosn in flowershops. :)

Genie said...

An amazing tree. I would not have know what kind of tree it was if you had not shared the info with us. Love all the corkscrews..so interesting. Once again an awesome capture. You are so good at what you do, my friend. genie

awarewriter said...

What it is is a lovely photo. The first image is my choice.

Dimple said...

I have to add my vote that this is great in black & white! Glad you're feeling better!

Birgitta said...

Great and special photos!

Leovi said...

Delightful B & W, gorgeous images with superb play of light and shadows that you've created with these branches.

LauraX said...

Wonderful photos...I hope this week to come is much better for you.

magiceye said...

nicely composed and shot

Rejen said...

Nice shot, we also have them in Denmark, called a wizards branch...Hope you are better now...:-)

Walk in New York said...

tres belles photos, ces arbres tortures pourraient sortir d'un conte de sorcieres ;o))

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Jen@small matters said...

Gorgeous in B & W. I love the light and shadows as the branches twist and turn.

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

It's a "noisetier tortueux" in French!
And you made the most of it! Your shots are superb in B&W!
Thanks for sharing;o)

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TheChieftess said...

I really like your second shot!!!