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Last one standing

Autumn leaves on a cherry tree

Autumn leaves on a cherry tree

The cherry tree in the foreground of the photo has had a successful year. I wasn’t there to see it, mind – I was in France – but I heard that it produced a quantity of good-sized cherries.

Durone di Cesena cherries are delicious. I’m sure the birds were glad of them.

As if reluctant to finish its splendid season, the tree is now the last one to let go of its leaves.

Even the apple trees, which fall without turning colour, have sparser foliage.

Sometimes cherry tree branches are weighted or tied down to make them grow closer to the ground and therefore more accessible. This tree doesn’t seem to need anyone to do that; it’s developing low-hung boughs all by itself.

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