Weeping Willow

by Ariane ~ August 18, 2010

Weeping willows were among Claude Monet’s favorite trees for many reasons, one of them being the translucent quality of their leaves.

On the side of his water lily pond at Giverny, Monet planted several willows.

Two of them still survive, although some branches start to become hollow.

But young willows planted thirty years ago, like the one on the picture, are now mature, as big as Monet could have seen them.

Weeping willows fascinate because of their vertical twigs that beautifully reflect into the pond.

Visitors will also see two other kinds of willows, the tortuous ones, very decorative, and the basket willows.

Generally pruned drastically to force the willow to produce new twigs every year, that will be cut to weave baskets, these willows like the river borders and are part of the traditional landscape of Normandy.

In Monet’s gardens, however, one of them was allowed to grow, and its branches pointed to the sky like a V make it resemble a person with the arms up. A very happy willow!

2 Responses to “Weeping Willow”

  1. Allanah Moore Says:

    Hello Ariane,

    I love this picture and I would like to use something similar if not the same picture for my business card and/or website?
    Is this possible or would I be in breach of privacy laws etc, overstepping boundaries or is not acceptable>

    Kind regards,

  2. Ariane Says:

    Allanah, Please feel free to use the picture for your business card. Thank you for asking. Kind regards, Ariane

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