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Hail Mary

Not to be sacriligious or to offend any of my Roman Catholic friends, but I call this the "Hail Mary" tree.  She stands with great pride in the tiergarten near our Hannover, Germany, apartment, surrounded by a fence that keeps out any predators, human or otherwise.

Can you guess how old she is?  She's 640 years old!  That's why I call her my "Hail Mary" tree.  Anyone that old deserves to be revered!

Hail Mary, full of grace!




Hail Mary

Not to be sacriligious or to offend any of my Roman Catholic friends, but I call this the "Hail Mary" tree.  She stands with great pride in the tiergarten near our Hannover, Germany, apartment, surrounded by a fence that keeps out any predators, human or otherwise.

Can you guess how old she is?  She's 640 years old!  That's why I call her my "Hail Mary" tree.  Anyone that old deserves to be revered!

Hail Mary, full of grace!




comments (14)

  • Sorcha
  • Canada
  • 30 Nov 2006, 00:30
Ginnie Ginnie Ginnie!

I love the tree. Those amazing crackling branches and simply devine shapes. I would honour her too.. You have a done so rather well. ~S.
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling she knows we're talking about her, Sorcha, otherwise I was gonna say I'd tell her when I see her next week. Thanks for honoring her. She is definitely a thing of beauty.
  • Dreamwalker
  • New Zealand (Aotearoa)
  • 30 Nov 2006, 07:11
She is Magnificent, and you have captured that!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear DW. I know you'd fall in love with her!
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 30 Nov 2006, 07:50
what a beautiful old lady. very nice.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Nev. They don't get much better than this, do they?!
Oh Ginnie this a great shot. The tree is beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure we're all quite humblimg her. She'd thank you, Sarthak, as do I.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Nov 2006, 13:12
good angle, Beautiful, great shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
640 yrs old? wow...nice shot of this historic figure.
Ginnie Hart: Yup. If I look that good at half her age, I'll be a happy chappy! smile
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 30 Nov 2006, 15:40
What a wonderful tree. I bet people go to great lengths to preserve her.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, they do, Laurie. There's a plaque on the fence that says she's "only" 500 years old. But my landlady went on a special tiergarten tour and was told that they have recently determined she's the much older 640. How they exactly found that out, I'm not sure. But I'll go with the impressive new data. smile
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 30 Nov 2006, 17:12
Oh yes! Congratulations to her, and you. BTW, I have a post coming up of an old American plane tree, but I don't think he's that old.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ruth, she is to be congratulated! I'll be eager to see YOUR tree. Maybe they'll want to get together? She won't care if he's a bit younger. smile
What I really love about this shot, is that there is so much for the eyes to wander over, always seeing something new. Plagues, pestilence, world wars, rebellions, peace, love, laughter, joy - she has seen it all and stands proud in that knowledge and the admiration of us mortals. Super work Ginnie. Fondest wishes, Neil.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Neil, and thank you. So very well said! Not all ladies look better when they're naked but I think this one definitely does! smile
wow she is beautiful. i love trees and wish we didnt cut so many of them down. you have captured her perfectly. its very detailed and i like how you can see the sky and clouds through her bare branches.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Genevieve. I'm so glad you see her beauty!
Beautiful, Ginnie. Mind boggling that a tree could live so long. Any idea what kind it is?
Ginnie Hart: It's funny, Josie, but that question never entered my mind! I will check it out when I'm back there next week and if I can't tell by the bark or can't find any fallen leaves, I'll ask Uschi, our landlady. Surely she'll know!
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Nov 2006, 22:42
Looks like an old oak tree Ginnie, nicely composed too smile
Ginnie Hart: I wonder, Chris, if she feels old? Maybe she feels wise. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Nov 2006, 23:20
Nice tree and well photographed. The word gnarled comes up in my mind and i sort of expect her? to speak. Like one of those wise old trees in the comics or in some animated movie.

I attach a female gender because of your name i think smile
Ginnie Hart: HA. I'm sure there are trees like this that are very male, like the Ents in Lord of the Rings! In fact, there are trees like that in this same tiergarten, so maybe I can take some pics of them next week. For some reason, this tree has a very definite female feel to it. smile

Thanks for your comment, Louis.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Nov 2006, 23:53
If only they could talk? I really like pictures of old trees, but mine never seem to work out as nicely as this. It looks fabulous against the lovely blue sky and there's heaps of detail in all the tiny little twigs.
Ginnie Hart: Your words are very sweet and kind, Ellie. Thanks.

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