The witches’ brooms of this post are actually deformities in trees, often caused by a fungus. I rather like them, both their appearance and their name, probably because of interests like this. However, none are to be found on the gnarly, wizened hazel trees by the loch.
We have to venture deeper into the wood, and gaze up at the high branches of the birches, for that.
There they are!
They are often mistaken for nests.
No witches’ knickers today. And that’s good, as those are just plastic bags caught in trees or on fences, and not photogenic at all.
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16 Replies to “Witches’ Brooms in the Trees”
Fascinating! I love seeing bare trees highlighted against a setting sun!
I love that sight too.
I didn’t know about witches’ brooms in trees, but speaking of magic and trees, when I see an old, gnarly tree, I sometimes think “that looks like an old wizard”.
Yes, they can appear like an elderly, and magical, human 🙂
I was not familiar with either term and love both of them.
Very interesting, Ailish, and the pictures are great. Glad there were no witches’ knickers to spoil your view. Have a good weekend. 🙂
No nasty knickers 🙂
Oooh, those are interesting. I will look for them if ever I stroll through a Scottish forest.
Witches knickers! Love it!
It is a good term!
We get witches brooms here in New Bern, North Carolina. I thought they were actually mistletoe. Thanks for adding to my folklore knowlege.
Interesting to know that they’re widespread.
I chuckled at witches’ knickers! We definitely have those in the city.
A good term for an unfortunate thing 🙂