Close up crop of what I think is an ash tree.
Are the brown clumps anything to do with dieback or are they simply still on the tree from last year.
Photo taken end of May this year,
Could do with a sharper photo and/or closer view.
Superficially, they do look like clumps of last year's samaras.
But if could be branch-tip die-back, which can be due to stem-boring larvae (in which case the tips may break off)
And it could be both.
I'm presuming you have in mind sales of the photo, through stock or other mechaisms.
If you include 'possible', you should be OK.
But then you'd be making the photo of much less interest to potential buyers.
If you can possibly investigate the tree and make more-detailed observations and photos, you/we could make a firmer ID, allowing you to remove the 'possible'. Then, using the phrase 'showing signs of Chalara fraxinea' would make it much more saleable, while still giving you a let-out through it having an implicit degree uncertainty.
Well, that was my reason for posting here!
It may well be saleable in terms of illustrating the difficulty facing the general public in responding, as they have been asked, to requests to report sitings.
I will 'keep an eye' on this tree even though it is some 50 miles away!
Ah well, for reporting possible sightings, 'possible ash dieback' is just fine, of course.
In posting here, anybody will (hopefully) get interpretations of facts and/or opinions from folks who have relevant experience. Those people may range from the local expert unskilled in the discipline to the discipline expert with no local knowledge. But we need the facts. A photo is often a good starting point, but often more information is needed, hence my asking. I wasn't telling you to go do it yourself !
Mike, appreciating there is scope for both of us mis-reading between the lines.
I am really grateful Mike. And I will watch this tree. It is right next to a set bed of cricket bat willows that I will be following. I took the photo just because the tree looked striking when I was out shooting the set bed. Only when processing the ash tree pic did i notice the brown hanging samaras.
There certainly is interest in pics of ash dieback and I have licenced several all with similar caveats as mentioned above. But these were ones of last October and the confusion then was between normal seasonal changes and the then recent reports of outbreak in UK.
I think I know what you mean about misreading. It is the nature of the written word on the internet I suppose.
But enormous thanks. Hope that is clear!