• The Capon Tree - latest archive acquisition

    Just arrived in the archive - this wonderful 1890s lantern slide of The Capon Tree - a celebrated ancient oak near the town of Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. Taken by the Aberdeen photography company set up by George Washington Wilson, it's a beautifully detailed image of this great old tree & I love the human element to give it scale. Look closely and you can see it must have been quite a long exposure as the man has clearly moved his head. The tree is still in pretty good shape today, although partially collapsed and propped and still one of the main focal points for the annual Jethart Callant's Festival in July. To find out more have a look in my book "The British Oak".

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