Keeps Witches Away

The Rowan (mountain ash) trees are now blooming and it won’t be long before there are bunches of red berries for the wild birds to enjoy.

In the British Isles the rowan has a long and still popular history in folklore as a tree which protects against witchcraft and enchantment. The physical characteristics of the tree may have contributed to its protective reputation, including the tiny five pointed star or pentagram on each berry opposite its stalk (the pentagram being an ancient protective symbol). The colour red was deemed to be the best protection against enchantment, and so the rowan’s vibrant display of berries in autumn may have further contributed to its protective abilities

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 30 May, 2020
  • Focal length: 151.11mm
  • ISO: 250
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s