'Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.' George Henry Lewes.
And isn't this one a beauty? I came across it on a walk near Ilkley. There were a number of beautiful trees in the area, which is now farmland. They had the look of trees that might have been planted as part of a country estate at some time.
Loathe as I am to quote David Icke, he is recorded as saying: 'Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.' Which may or may not be a good thought!