Chênes Émondés by vignouse

Chênes Émondés

These are hedgerow oaks which are protected by law so can't be felled but the farmers don't like the obstruction to their tractors caused by low level branches nor the light restriction which reduces crop yields.

As they can't be felled, there is a special kind of pruning known as 'émondage' which consists of cutting off all of the branches except the top-most one which is known as a 'tire-sève' - literally 'sap puller' which keeps the tree alive.

More dramatic on black!
Thanks for the info and wow these are other worldly
March 28th, 2019  
Never heard of such a thing! Very dramatic composition.
March 28th, 2019  
poor oaks, they do look odd, amazing image
March 28th, 2019  
New words to me too. Makes for a great image...but those poor trees! Fav
March 29th, 2019  
I was about to say that I'd never seen a tree shaped quite like this but then your commentary explained just why they have a most unique shape. Great B&W subjects.
March 29th, 2019  
Interesting, I've never heard of such a thing but they are a great subject for a B&W image.
March 29th, 2019  
Beautiful image!
March 29th, 2019  
What unique trees. Nicely shot.
March 29th, 2019  
Actually quite dramatic on either black or white. Make a rule and someone will make a way of getting around it.
March 29th, 2019  
My thanks for the explanation for the mutilation of these trees. They sure look weird and very, very sad. Protected should be protected, not in parts.
March 29th, 2019  
that story here is incredible - it seems even more cruel to be tormenting them with this constant pruning. the image gets a fav however because it is awesome and really shows the story!
March 29th, 2019  
Splendid detail accentuated by clear sky.
March 29th, 2019  
oh dear. emondage looks rather brutal. gives the trees such an eerie feel. wonderful for b&w
March 29th, 2019  
They look like they would be good to floss a giant. Cool picture.
March 29th, 2019  
Great image and I like the explanation.Fav
March 29th, 2019  
Great capture, and very interesting information. I'd never head of émondage!
March 29th, 2019  
The tree size arrangement and separated clouds pleases the OCD in me.
March 29th, 2019  
Wow..stunning image and great information ..fav
March 29th, 2019  
Never seen anything like this before... what an education we get from 365! Great shot... if these were children this is what you'd get if you asked them to stand in line according to size!
March 29th, 2019  
@yrhenwr Thanks David - this is actually far from the first time trees like this have featured in my project... Mrs S calls them microbe trees or bottle-brush trees!
March 29th, 2019  
Love the starkness of this b&w image
March 29th, 2019  
Interesting narrative and shot! Feeling a bit better?
March 29th, 2019  
This world looks a bit sad under the leadership of economics. Great capture.
March 29th, 2019  
@jacqbb Thanks Jacqueline... sadly, no not really. I had more blood tests on Wednesday and on Thursday the locum phoned me to discuss the results with me (they do that in France) and then asked that I see her in the afternoon. More blood tests this morning and I have another appointment to see my own doctor again on Tuesday. It seems sure that it's not in fact gastroenteritis but what it actually is is not clear at the moment. Thank you for being so patient - I haven't forgotten you.
March 29th, 2019  
@vignouse I was only worried, get well soon!
March 29th, 2019  
@jacqbb Thank you - I get the blood test results via internet about 2 hours later so I already know that some things have improved but most have stayed the same.
March 29th, 2019  
@vignouse Sorry for not paying full attention Richard! But perhaps you haven't photographed them like this? They are very striking. Sorry the blood tests demand that you visit the doc. They phone me too but I ignore them because it would only raise my blood pressure!! And that brings on the AF! Bodies, eh?! Hope you feel better soon
March 29th, 2019  
@yrhenwr About 2 years ago I managed to actually visit my cardiologist whilst I was in full AF - she then felt informed enough to change all of my medication, since when I haven't had any re occurrence. YESSSS!
March 29th, 2019  
@vignouse I did the same in 2017 and got the diagnosis (in A&E) They wanted to keep me in the hospital but the emotional bullying after I questioned that turned me against them. I left after signing the disclaimer! Then I investigated possible triggers such the usual suspects (coffee and alcohol) as well as intense exercise. I concluded that it was minor day to day stresses. (whatever would major ones like moving house or divorce do to me?) I had a few very minor, very short episodes for a couple of months but have had no recurrence since. Fingers crossed for us both!)
March 29th, 2019  
This photo looks like the trees are reflected in slightly moving water. The small branches are fuzzy and the trunks have interesting jigs in them. Wonderful

I pray that whatever is troubling you is discovered and can be treated easily.
March 30th, 2019  
awesome composition ~ fav
Hope all is well with you very soon, Richard.
March 30th, 2019  
Photo is cool but this makes me sad to see the trees mutilated like this 😢
March 30th, 2019  
how fabulous to see your image make the TT this week! congrats :)
April 5th, 2019  
seen on TT
These remind me of a Dr Seuss story...
April 5th, 2019  
unique and delightful... as Brigette notes - they are quite suessical!!!
April 6th, 2019  
Congrats on TT! These are so intriguing as they look like they are reflections in a pool. They seem to shimmer.
April 6th, 2019  
Congratulations on the TT with these unusual trees...excellent in B&W. Fav
April 7th, 2019  
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