The photograph I’ve chosen today in celebration of the creation returns to the topic of trees.There are thousands of species of tree in the world and a spectacular variety of forms and habits. Yet the one that always lifts my spirit is common where I live – the horse chestnut when it is in full flower from late April to early June; especially the variety with white flowers. It is a striking affirmation of the return of new life at the start of the summer and a majestic sight.
The tree depicted here stands in the grounds of King’s College Cambridge alongside the magnificent Gothic chapel. With its expansive fan vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows the chapel stands as a human tribute to divine glory. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims make a special effort to visit the chapel and rightly marvel at it; yet perhaps the horse chestnut tree in the garden is an equally awesome revelation of glory.
“Life is not hurrying on to a receding future, nor hankering
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush…” R.S. Thomas (1913 -2000) poet and priest.