Or so spoke an old man in an old car, hailing us as we photographed some cows just a corner away. There, he said, was the famous Ash tree, often used in Dales and Yorkshire flyers. That, he says, is the photo that sells. And, just aah, wow, he's right. What a sight.
''Fraxinus excelsior'' — known as the ash, or European ash or common ash to distinguish it from other types of ash — is a species of ''Fraxinus'' native to most of Europe with the exception of northern Scandinavia and southern Iberia, and also southwestern Asia from northern Turkey east to the Caucasus and Alborz mountains. The northernmost location is in the Trondheimsfjord region of Norway.