Tartans are a perfect canvas for capturing the beauty and diversity of trees.
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Rowan Tree Day (Beltane Eve)
In Scotland the rowan tree’s berries are red whereas in Asia there are some species where the berries are a golden yellow. The tree is famed for its hardiness and ability to survive in the mountains as well as its long and interesting history and mythology. In Scotland it is called rudha-an, meaning 'red one'.
This tartan uses symmetrical lines represent the tapering trunk of the tree and the expanding crown. The colors used represent the bark of the tree, the colour on the underside of the bark, the earth below, the new spring leaves, the mature leaves, the dark shadows and blue sky.
Almond Tree in Flower
Native to the Mediterranean climate region of the Middle East, the almond was spread by humans in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa and southern Europe, and more recently transported to other parts of the world, notably California, United States.
Gingko Spring Days
Ginkgo biloba (also spelled gingko) and also known as the maidenhair tree, is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others being extinct. Native to China, it is one of the best-known examples of a living fossil - the sole survivor of an ancient group of trees older than the dinosaurs.
Autumn Leaves Day (Fall Equinox)
The Acer saccharum Sugar Maple trees are a major contributor to seasonal fall tourism in North America, particularly in Central Ontario, Québec, and the northern tier of the United States including Wisconsin, Michigan, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts.
Apple traditions date back to the Roman invasion of Britain, when Roman customs and beliefs about the apple as a symbol of fertility were merged with similar Celtic festivals and beliefs and became integrated into harvest festival games. Young unmarried people would try to bite into an apple floating in water or hanging from a string - the first person to bite into the apple would be the next one predicted to marry.
Scots pine (pinus sylvestris) is the most widely distributed conifer worldwide. It can be found as far north as the Arctic Circle, as far east as Siberia and as far south as Spain. The oldest pine in Scotland is located in Glen Loyne in Inverness-shire and is estimated to be more than 550 years old. Photo by Gavin MacRae