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The Meikleour Beech Hedge.

This hedge, on the border of the Meikleour Estate between Perth and Blairgowrie in Scotland, is believed to have been planted in the Autumn of 1874. It has officially been recorded since 1966 as the worlds tallest hedge. It is aroximately 580 yards long with an average hieght of 100 ft. Being over 120 ft at the North end and over 80 ft at the South. It was laid out by Jean Mercer and her husband, Robert Murray Nairne on the Marquess of Lansdowne's Meikleour estate. It is said the hedge grows towards the heavens because the men who planted it were killed at the Battle of Culloden. A local story also says there is one tree in in the hedge for every man from that area killed at Culloden. Shortly after, Robert Murray Nairne was killed in that battle, and his wife had to leave their Meikleour Estate to seek safety in Edinburgh.

The hedge is cared for by Meikleour Trust. It is cut and measured every 10 years, by a team of 4 men using a hydraulic platform and hand held equipment. it takes them 6 weeks.

Thank you for looking and for all the lovely comments on my other photo. We are leaving for Mississippi in a couple of days so will not be on for a while. but hope to get internet access over there soon.

Jackie

Brand:FUJIFILM
Camera:Fujifilm Finepix S2800HD
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:14 May 2012 - 1:20 PM
Focal Length:5mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.1
Aperture:f/6.4
Shutter Speed:1/110sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:64
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:World Record
Username:ElmsArt ElmsArt
Uploaded:15 May 2012 - 1:07 AM
Tags:Hedges, History, Landscape / travel, Photo journalism, Scotland, Trees
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debu
debu  4 India
15 May 2012 - 1:09 AM

Nicely captured.
debu

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 1:20 AM

That is an incredible story and hedge! Amazing work!

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franken
franken e2 Member 113096 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 7:30 AM


Quote: That is an incredible story and hedge! Amazing work!

I couldn't say it any better.

Ken

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helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 8:04 AM

Amazing capture and story SmileSmile

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1881  2 India
16 May 2012 - 6:53 PM

NICE image.
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almiles
almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 5:59 AM

It's a spectacular hedge. Especially when you consider it was "planted in 1874" by zombies... Wink Slip of the keyboard in your intro because Culloden was 1746! LOL. GrinTongue
You show the hedge really well and it's a hard location to photography for lots of reasons! If you get the chance to return I wonder if light earlier in the day would cast more relief or it it would be possible to get the hedge backlit? I also wondered if a vehicle passing by would give a better idea of scale? Merely trying to give constructive ideas.
Regards
Al

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almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
17 May 2012 - 6:10 AM

It's a spectacular hedge. Especially when you consider it was "planted in 1874" by zombies... Wink Slip of the keyboard in your intro because Culloden was 1746! LOL. GrinWink

You show the hedge really well and it's not an easy location to shoot. I wonder if light earlier in the day would cast more relief or it it would be possible to get the hedge backlit? I also wondered if a vehicle passing by would give a better idea of scale? Just musing over possibilities if you ever have the chance to return!

Regards
Al

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ElmsArt  782 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2012 - 8:08 PM

Thank you all for your comments.

Almiles thank you for correcting my mistake. I did want a vehicle included to show the scale better, but believe it or not, I stood for over 5 minutes waiting on one coming along. The rain came on really heavy so I gave up. We are off to South Mississippi for the summer, but will be back there again so will try for another shot.Grin

Cheers

Jackie

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