The Height of a Tree
On Saturday I co-opted Chris to help me try to calculate the height of the Church Field Horse Chestnut Tree.
There are various ways, I had not realised so many. A handy guide from WikiHow gives some instructions. “Measure a Tree”
I opted for a very simple one of asking a friend to stand by the tree.
So here is Chris standing next to the tree. With a bit of rough calculation we think the tree is about 58 ft high. It is also interesting to see a 6 ft figure by the tree. The human figure really gives an idea of the scale of these magnificent trees.
Two More Sticky Bud Development
I’m trying to catch the bud development of the Horse Chestnut twig.
I have two buds beginning to split, which I drew today. As the sticky scales develop, and open up, the first four leaves begin to show at the very tip. They are furry, covered in white fine downy hair and tightly curled up.
It’s a fascinating contrast of smooth, sticky, shiny scales with the downy hairs of the emerging leaves .
Watercolour and pencil sketch: 8 x 5 inches
Watercolour and pencil sketch: 9 x4 inches
I am keeping all the Tree Following posts together on another blog: www.followingtrees.blogspot.com It’s going to be nice to see the continuity through the year. Also it’s easier for the other tree followers to find. If you are taking part, this is the week to sign in with Lucy. There is an update box once a month on the 7th which will stay open for a week.
There are lots of people, not just from the UK, taking part. It will be fascinating.