Epping Forest: Cows and an Expressionist Tree

Yesterday, rr and I went to the Epping Forest. The advantage of going with someone who is so consumed with her camera, is that she holds no grudges when you spend an agonizingly long time photographing an object that catches your fancy. We walked for quite a bit, got lost once, and spent some time figuring out which of the three roads we’d come from. The confusion was caused by a herd of cows grazing in the forest. These cows are retired and in a sense ornamental in the forest. Longhorned, docile and very shy. rr taught me how cows are called out to in England. I tried, but perhaps my accent was all wrong.

The woman who herds the cattle in the forest, a charming lady helped by a three legged dog called Meg seemed amused by our interest in the cows. And obviously I looked so thrilled that she asked me if I worked with cows. If only she knew what it was like in Delhi. Everyone works with cows. They work their way around them on the streets anyway!

But one of the highlights was spotting this wonderful tree. Dead and almost hollow. It instantly reminded us of Edvard Munch’s painting – The Scream. An uncanny resemblance to an expression of existential angst in the middle of a forest. I think rr just wanted to take the tree home.



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0 Responses to Epping Forest: Cows and an Expressionist Tree

  1. dipali says:

    Wow! The tree is awesome.
    Cows in a forest- how evocative- just the strains of a flute are missing:)


  2. rr says:

    I did, I did!

    Flutes – of course. I should have got Neha to play a flute.


  3. Vidya says:

    Now who is meg? the charming lady or the three-legged dog??


  4. dipali: I am about to say something cheesy like “the true bhakt can evoke the flute”. But I will be thumped on the head by someone for it!

    rr: You did! You did! Remember we drove half the wildlife away. With me playing the flute, the air lift rescue team would have to come for the other half of the wildlife instead!

    Vidya: We didn’t catch the woman’s name. But Meg’s the dog’s name. 🙂


  5. mumbaigirl says:

    Looks exactly like The Scream!


  6. tinkertoon says:

    1st reaction: Married Indian womenfolk wasting hubby’s hard-earned money on worthless trips to so-called-forests housing cows…. and then getting all-too-excited at how they moo… (wonder how that’s any different from how cows moo back home… )

    2nd-mellowed-reaction: pics look great but where are the girls? 🙂

    3rd reaction: stop wasting time here….


  7. mumbaigirl: Thought so!

    tinkertoon: 1. What makes you think rr is Indian or married? And what on earth makes you think that I don’t earn money? Seriously though, it makes me glad not to be in your relative circle.

    2. I suggest you to go some other appropriate site.

    3. Yes. There are other blogs to read, other photographs of women to gawk at.

    I’ve been relatively patient with your comments, but please don’t test my patience. If you need to vent your frustrations, don’t do it here.


  8. Sujatha says:

    That’s the first thing I thought too, when I saw the photograph of the tree – The Scream!

    I know, redundant comment, but wanted to say it anyway. 🙂