A Sycamore, a Beech and Prince Eugen’s Oak

A relaxed visit to the trees in Stockholm, the sycamore in Humlegården and the beech at the Djurgården shore, took place this time at the beginning of the week, on Tuesday and Wednesday. The image above, depicting two takeaway cups placed neatly next to each other under the beech tree awaited me on Wednesday.  Garbage is irritating, but these were placed so deliberately, that I could not help finding them funny. Otherwise no surprises or interesting incidents:

On Tuesday I continued my walk to Waldemarsudde on the other side of Djurgården. The popular museum there is instigated around the old home of Prince Eugen, who was a landscape painter himself. Some of his works include trees as well, like the studies for larger paintings “Sommarnatt” (summer night) 1903 “Alar” (alder trees) 1904:


The park around the old castle and the museum is beautiful, too, with some ancient oaks. One of them is called Prince Eugen’s oak and is somehow reconstructed or artificially supported at the base. It is fascinating to think of a tree trunk as some “dead weight” for the tree to handle. Perhaps there is a living “highway” under the bark, while the rest is more or less dead. And the two “cities”, one below ground, focusing on water and minerals, and another above ground, in the foliage, focusing on light and carbon dioxide, and the whole process of photosynthesis. So water and minerals are transported up as raw material for the “factories” there, while nutrients are transported down to support the “mining part”. Where did these industrial metaphors come to my mind? From the weight and coarseness of the dead bark?





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Annette Arlander