Priddy Tree

Recently I have been going up to the top of Glastonbury Tor to celebrate the sunrise. Today, the forecast for the Mendip Hills was strangely much better than that for the Somerset Levels so I instead of the Tor I headed up to Priddy Pools to watch the dawn at the Priddy Tree.

Priddy Tree - Priddy Mineries, Somerset, UK. ID 823_5811

Priddy Tree – Priddy Mineries, Somerset, UK. ID 823_5811

There were no clouds that would help create a glorious sunrise – so I cheated and turned up the saturation in Photoshop!  With so few new pictures I decided it was time to review why this tree is such as well loved landmark.

The Pond

This is Waldegrave Pool and on a very still day.  On days like these it provides the perfect reflection for the Priddy Tree.

Waldegrave Pond Reflections - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 807_1665

Waldegrave Pond Reflections – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 807_1665

Its a shame the Somerset Wildlife Trust no longer manages the site.  Weeds can be accidentally introduced by anglers who inadvertently bring in plants from other pools.  Spreading weed can cover the pond, so this reflection from last year may become a rare event.

The Snow

In 2012 we had snow followed by a day of beautiful blue skies.  The tree looked wonderful.

Early Snow - Priddy Mineries, Somerset, UK. ID JB5_4832

Early Snow – Priddy Mineries, Somerset, UK. ID JB5_4832

The Fire

Back in 2011 the hillside was in flames.  Somehow the tree survived.

The Priddy Tree survives the fire - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB5_4835

The Priddy Tree survives the fire – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID JB5_4835

The Mother

These trees are known as the mother and child.  It appears that this mother is giving some comfort to her child.

Mother and Child - Priddy, Somerset, UK. JB5_0549

Mother and Child – Priddy, Somerset, UK. JB5_0549

The Tree

A wonderful tree.

Early Snow - Priddy Mineries, Somerset, UK. ID JB5_4835

Early Snow – Priddy Mineries, Somerset, UK. ID JB5_4835

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