Tree Cathedral

Standing here in the soft grass I took this picture while a gentle breeze gave the slightest ripple of movement in the treetops. Taken in spring in Versailles

Standing here in the soft grass I took this picture while a gentle breeze gave the slightest ripple of movement in the treetops. Taken in spring in Versailles

One of the avenues in Versailles is bordered by matching rows of ancient trees. Whether by nature or design I cannot tell, but the upper branches all bend toward the centre of the avenue and form a glorious cathedral. So strangely empty this wonderful walkway and yet it felt as though the ghosts of the past still passed through to some long forgotten pleasure ground.

Could I hear the rustle of panniers, the rattle of sabres? Was that the sound of two world weary Comtes about to sever the thread of one of their dissipated lives in a duel, the laugh of Madame de Pompadour fleeing from the amorous attentions of Louis XV?

I noticed on zooming in on this photograph some tiny figures at the very end of the avenue. Was this the proof I had been looking for? The very ghosts of my reverie?

Alas no. Just some chap with his kid and another lady wandering aimlessly about. How dare they not be Cardinal Richelieu or blousey old Madame de Maintenon at the very least!

Really, tourists are such selfish creatures.

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17 thoughts on “Tree Cathedral

  1. The picture is beautiful and haunting, and the black and white adds to the effect.

    Personally, I think it’s probably nature. In the rainforest of Western Washington state, where I’m from, the trees grow so thick that they have to compete for light and grow branches out, arching over the roads and cleared spaces like that, turning the roads into green tunnels. Your photo reminds me of home.

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    • Many thanks. I hope it was nature too. Your description of Western Washington state sounds beautiful. Another thing to add to my list of places to visit. Happy new year!

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