A Sycamore Tree on Limestone

I have come to know this tree. Sometimes it is my destination on a short walk and at others a resting place on a longer journey. I have approached it from all angles and know at which point on each path I will be able to see it from. It is breathtakingly beautiful on the edge of this hillside with the segmented agricultural land and distant hills lying beyond. In contrast to other trees in this area who’s branches reach eastwards, blown by the westerly winds; it stands tall, sheltered by the hill top. I have visited throughout the seasons, in all kinds of weather, and have never tired of the wonder of it. If anything the tree becomes more magical and more interesting with each new experience. There is something comforting about the process of visiting, and revisiting places in this way, and getting to know them more intimately over time. A special bond is created, where the place (the tree) and its story becomes interwoven with our own story, not unlike the bonds we make with the special people in our lives.  I have no doubt that I will visit again soon, and simply cannot stay away for too long, without feeling a yen to be there.

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4 Responses

  1. And like an old friend you have treated the Sycamore tree on limestone well, with a wonderful painting and sketch, and with expansive photographs of the tree and the region. Well done Debbie! I really like the black and white photo, such rich tones you have captured and with such clarity. Nice!

    • Thanks very much Paul, I really appreciate that. I often think we get the most amazing light here for photography in Autumn and Winter, when there is not too much cloud cover, and a little snow or frost on the ground to reflect some of that light back up again.

  2. Beautifully written. I particularly like how the landscape surrounding the tree changes as well, and seeing the sketch which begins to form a lovely painting. So many ways to experience and see this one single tree. I found myself scrolling up and down to look at it again and again, in all its forms.

    • Thank you Ilona, I really appreciate that and I’m very happy that you can see where I am coming from. I like to think the story behind the work is as important as the images themselves, so I’m very grateful that you took the time to read and respond.

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