In the last couple of weeks I photographed urban trees in Reading to reveal their beauty. Many of the trees in the pictures below grow on the Reading University campus which has beautiful old trees, well worth a visit if you are in the area.
|Sunrise at Forbury Gardens, Reading|
|Trees in Forbury Gardens in the center of Reading|
|An old oak near the Whiteknights Lake|
|An old cedar tree on the University campus|
|Cedar tree in the morning sunlight|
|In winter trees reveal their beautiful structure|
|A glorious old oak in Harris Garden on the University campus|
|A still life|
|Eucalyptus tree in Harris Garden, Reading University campus|
|Sunrise over Whiteknights Lake|
One tree to look out for if you are after early flowers is cornelian cherry (Cornus mas). It has clusters of bright yellow flowers which open from February to March. The flowers are a good food source for early bees. The red, (purple when ripe) cherry-like fruit are edible and are a bit tart to begin with but turn increasingly sweet and juicy when fully ripe. Look out for the trees in hedges, along roadside verges, in parks and gardens.
|Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas), one of the earliest trees flowering|