Immortality

Life has been on my mind lately, as I think about the time we spend in a state of living. This is the story of humans: Through centuries homo sapiens have made footprints on this planet and evolved with the changing environment. We have foraged, hunted, lived off the land and honed our rudimentary survival... Continue Reading →

In The Spotlight

As some of you already know, my background was in media and mass communication. I have always enjoyed photographing people, seeing the world spin around us from behind my camera lens. I've done a few things in the spotlight in tv and radio broadcasting, but it was a VERY LONG TIME AGO and to be... Continue Reading →

Getting Off The Ground

Having not posted on my blog for a few months, I think it's about time to get us up to speed with what's been happening since the last post! Forgive me for getting off the ground so quickly. Here goes... Trying not to get too knotted up in my brain 🙂 I literally got off... Continue Reading →

The Power of Curiosity

Are there times when you have set your heart on something, feeling relieved knowing that a choice has been made? When I made the decision to specialise in trees, I thought to myself, 'Great! I can finally settle on one thing and not try to do everything'. Alas that has not happened, though much to... Continue Reading →

Starting Point

When I posted my first Instagram image for @inalandofgiants.blog on the 30th of October 2020, never would I have imagined how positive the response would be! I think most people relate to trees and the people who spend time with trees. There is something quite alluring about seeing a tree in its natural surroundings and... Continue Reading →

‘Higher’ Education

I am definitely one for sharing and exchanging skills or knowledge. My friend Sam and I decided to do another spot of climbing the other day after we finished a woodland site survey. Sam reckons he has much to learn from me in terms of woodland management, ancient and veteran trees, etc. but I have... Continue Reading →

Ascension

How does it feel to be up in the crown of a tree? "Just climb and you'll find out," I answered myself. And so I did with my friend Sam, a professional arborist. Leading up to this moment, I have been super excited and looking forward to it for days. At this crucial stage, I... Continue Reading →

Like a Flowing River

"Life gets in the way", says a friend of mine. Actually he's not the only person who has openly expressed that sentiment, although I have never really agreed with it. I am aware that I haven't written in a long while; one might say that life did get in the way but for me it's... Continue Reading →

Meadow Park’s Ancient Oak

Despite dark clouds and heavy rain on the 17th of August 2020, I continue my quest of verifying more ancient trees. Through the Woodland Trust's ATI (Ancient Tree Inventory) website, I had found my next tree. It was situated in Bideford, down a narrow, well-trodden footpath beginning at the end of a small street called... Continue Reading →

Verifying an Ancient Tree

In the time following my last post about the Flitton Oak - 'I Heartwood' - a few events have happened. Spurred on by recording the tree on the Woodland Trust's Ancient Tree Inventory website, I decided to pursue my love for ancient and veteran trees by officially applying to be an ancient tree verifier. And... Continue Reading →

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