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Photographing Ash Trees

The elegant ash tree provides photographic opportunities all year round. However, as Lizzie Shepherd explains, this underrated tree is facing a serious threat and needs our help if it is to remain an iconic part of the English countryside

In my last article I talked about one of our most common but also one of our most loved trees – the Birch – universally popular with photographers and a tree that seems to hold a special place in many people’s hearts. This time I am going to devote some much deserved time and attention to another one of our most common trees (third behind oak and birch): the ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior). It is very rare that I hear anyone talk about ash with that same fondness – photographers or otherwise – and I feel it is a tree that does not get the appreciation that it deserves.

The late author and woodland historian/ecologist, Oliver Wrackham, mentions that there are more ash trees in this country than there are humans. I don’t know how this conclusion was reached, although I can certainly vouch for the fact that …

Read this and many more articles in High Definition inside Issue 55 of Landscape Photography Magazine.

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Lizzie Shepherd

Lizzie is a full-time professional photographer based in North Yorkshire and specialising in landscape, nature and travel photography. She runs small group workshop and offers 1-2-1 tuition.

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