Hornbeams in Hainault Forest.

I had time to kill in London, so I took the opportunity to ride the tube to the outer limits of the city (to the north and east, furthest from where I live in Hampshire) and visit a suburban forest. Hainault, like Epping (which is a little further out and a longer walk from the nearest tube station), is dominated by hornbeam. I have a curious fondness for hornbeam, which seems to me to be a very stubborn tree (I often see them growing at odd angles). This pair are growing, quite conventionally, in a roughly vertical direction, but it does look as if the larger tree is throwing their arms around the smaller one.

16 x 12″, ink on kaolin-coated board