Les arbres protecteurs
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Driving, cycling, and hiking through the countryside of the Var, you often
see trees planted next to sheds in the fields (and next to houses, of course).
Some of these sheds are very small, most of them very old, and one wonders why
it should be so important to have big trees so close to them, trees that
sometimes seem to crush the sheds.
Since work in vineyards and fields has become mechanised, with farmers and
vineyard workers sitting in airconditioned tractor cabins, you hardly see
people using the sheds any more.
At 38° C in the shade, our usual temperature these days, you can imagine how wonderful the shade must have been for people who sat down for a break after having laboured for hours in the fields.
Without leaves, the trees and “their“ sheds look very different, and their
symbiosis for the benefits of their human owners is less apparent. The
evolution of the trees and the vineyards or fields throughout the year ist
In this posting, I have put together images of just two tree-shed couples in
The plane tree in the vineyard is just outside Collobrières going towards
Notice the difference after the vine has been pruned. (It isn't in the
Enjoy the view when you pass by.
9 March 2008
2 May 2008
24 July 2008
The cherry tree is right in front of our house. You have seen glimpses of it
in the previous posting.
5 February 2008
29 March 2008
2 June 2008
29 July 2008