Last One Standing

imageLone tree, Roxbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

I had an unproductive day yesterday, despite the fact it was one of  the nicest days we have seen recently.  I drove around visiting places that can usually get my creative juices going, but it just wasn’t happening. Then today dawned just as beautiful, and I was coming up just as dry.

Do you have tricks or tactics you use to get yourself in gear? I sure would like to hear them if you do.

I had just about written off the day picture-wise and had gone over to a friend’s house to talk about photography in lieu of actually practicing it. It was getting late in the afternoon by the time I started home, but I still decided to take the long way home, and that’s when I saw this lone tree, severely pruned, standing tall against a gorgeous sky.

I’m not quite sure why I find lone trees so interesting. Is it somehow symbolic of the lone individual? Do I imagine Gary Cooper in “High Noon”, standing alone against the gang of outlaws? Or maybe Alan Ladd in “Shane”? I give away my age when I reference these two classic movies, but isn’t there something heroic in human lore about the rugged individual standing alone against the world? All I know is that whenever I see one of these old, gnarly trees that show evidence of their age and hardships I feel strangely proud of them, and sad at the same time.

Pentax K5IIs and 70mm lens, processed in Photoshop CS4 and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

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One comment on “Last One Standing

  1. nikkorbacher says:

    The tree makes the photo, but the clouds are also amazing, including the angular ones immediately above the tree.

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