Craigellachie Mist

autumn mist and golden birch, craigellachie national nature reserve

Autumn colours on a misty morning, Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, Aviemore

This was taken last year on a stunning autumn day of early mist clearing to crisp sunshine.  The woods are just as beautifully orange now, but so far there has been an absence of crisp mornings! I’m hoping we do get some good days before the winds come to blow the leaves away…

This week, some thoughts on tree wisdom.

“In the eyes of a seer, every leaf of a tree is a page in the Holy Book and contains divine revelation …”

– Hazrat Inayat Khan


“Radiation from supernova – the gigantic explosions marking the death of a star – has been shown to influence tree growth.  In the mid 1970s scientists from the Russian Academy of sciences analysed the annual rings of a 807-year-old Juniper which grew in the mountains of Tajikistan, on the upper tree line at the stonishing height of 3,500m (11,400 feet). Owing to the thin air it was exposed to more direct cosmic radiation than lower areas.

After observing the tree’s annual rings and comparing them with dates when supernova were known to have occurred – 1604, 1770 and 1952 – the scientists discovered that the tree’s annual rings showed a definite slowing down of growth, sometimes even a standstill, over the subsequent fifteen-year period.  Every star that dies in our galaxy is therefore perceived by trees.”

– Fred Hageneder, ‘The Spirit of Trees : Science, Symbiosis and Inspiration’

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