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Druids Oak

Burnham Beeches oldest living tree, at over 800 years. Used as the hollow oak in the 1991 film 'Robin Hood Prince of Thieves'.

comments (12)

  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 28 Jun 2010, 01:56
What a grand old tree.
John Prior: Thanks Sherri, no doubt it could tell a tale or two.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Jun 2010, 08:39
I'm really impressed that it's still growing so vigorously at that age John: lovely shot
John Prior: Thank you Chris, It's better lower down, a wire cable holds the top part together.
What a fine tree John, the Major Oak in Sherwood Forset is held up with props etc.
John Prior: Thank you Brian. This has cables around the top to balance the weight, I chose this vantage point also to hide the wooden post and rail fence that protects it.
What an impressive old, gnarly tree. Don't you feel honoured when you see something like this.
John Prior: Yes indeed, Thank you Mary.
Fantastic tree, to think its all those years old, I wonder how much older it will become smile
John Prior: Thank you Linda, I'd be surprised if it made 1000, but I won't be around to find outsmile
  • don
  • United States
  • 28 Jun 2010, 15:56
This massive oak makes a spectacular subject. I like the distance you chose from which to shoot. Excellent detail of the rough textured trunk.
John Prior: There is a wooden fence around the tree, so tried to not show this from my vantage point. Thank you Don.
  • jojolabricot
  • france
  • 28 Jun 2010, 16:17
John Prior: Thank you, and some more I think.
  • bk
  • 28 Jun 2010, 17:10
Hah, this is not an old gnarly tree - nope; these are stone-turned people dancing together! =)
John Prior: Thanks BK. Whatever you're taking, I want some smile
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 28 Jun 2010, 17:14
wonderful tree. glad that you captured it.
John Prior: Thank you Otto
A wonderful old tree John
John Prior: Many thanks Bill
Strange, when I saw the thumbnail I thought "Robin Hood". You can just see the age oozing out, what amazing stories it could tell.
John Prior: Thank you Les, Yes indeed.
  • milou
  • sunny Southampton
  • 8 Jul 2010, 12:08

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