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Hawthorn Tree

This Hawthorn Tree, standing alone in the coast to coast valley of St Bees in West Cumbria almost looks like a Japanese Bonsai tree which has been carefully nurtured to mimic the size of a full sized tree.

A tilt shift depth of field, blurring effect, has been applied to the image, which has resulted in the slightly unusual, miniaturised view.

Crataegus, commonly called hawthorn, quickthorn, thornapple, May-tree, whitethorn, or hawberry, is a large genus of shrubs and trees in the family Rosaceae, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Europe, Asia and North America.

Hawthorns provide food and shelter for many species of birds and mammals, and the flowers are important for many nectar-feeding insects. Hawthorns are also used as food plants by the larvae of a large number of Lepidoptera species, such as the small eggar moth, E. lanestris. Haws are important for wildlife in winter, particularly thrushes and waxwings; these birds eat the haws and disperse the seeds in their droppings.

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Hawthorn Tree
Hawthorn Tree