Photographing Birch Trees

There are numerous types of birch trees and one might argue that some are more beautiful than others. However, as Lizzie Shepherd explains, birches in their various forms can certainly capture a photographer’s heart

Ask a photographer to name their favourite tree or trees and I’ll warrant the birch tree will feature very high on the list. For many it probably sits right at the top. A wonderfully elegant tree, beautiful all year round – who could fail to be captivated by its delicate form, its slim branches rustling in the breeze? Of course there are numerous types of birch trees and we might argue that some are more beautiful than others, but birches in their various forms have certainly captured my heart! Not just for their aesthetics but also for their tough determination to prosper against the odds.

The birch seems to grow everywhere. Its elegance belies its incredible resilience. This is a tree that can produce an annual crop of a million, very fine powder-like seeds, which are then taken on the breeze for miles, allowing constant regeneration. No surprise, then, that the common birch was one of the first trees to …

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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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