The beauty of the lone Tree

There are several trees on the island that I photograph over and over with the hopes to someday catch their essence with my lens. One of these trees is the one in the daffodil field. The tree has set itself in a delightful corner of the world that is often privy to dramatic or at least interesting light. Like the other day when I spotted it with the fog starting to roll up behind its naked trunk and branches.

Lone tree at a distance  by Terrill Welch 2013_01_25 040

So I wiggled my lens in a little closer to see what we could see…

lone tree in field by Terrill Welch 2013_01_25 049

But then I got distracted by its sister tree by the gate.

tree by the gate  by Terrill Welch 2013_01_25 067

By the time I looked back, the mist had really started to drift up behind the other tree.

lone tree  by Terrill Welch 2013_01_25 114

It is lovely of course but is it just right? Can we glimpse the spirit of the tree as it is revealed to the viewer’s eye. No, I think not – not quite. Almost but still I am left feeling unsatisfied. Maybe it is time to tackle it with paint brush and canvas.

Speaking of which, I have several paintings to release this week over at Terrill Welch Artist. The first post went up this morning for a 12 x 16 inc h oil on canvas “Winter Afternoon West Coast Ferry Home

Winter afternoon west coast ferry home  12 x 16 inch oil on canvasby Terrill Welch 2013_01_25 092

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19 thoughts on “The beauty of the lone Tree

  1. In your last photo, the trees in the mist seem to be swaying, applauding, while
    the lovely lady in the foreground dips a curtesy. I’m very much looking forward to your paintings 🙂

  2. The logger fellows are still working on the tree next door – noisy and not so picturesque on it’s third week of impact. I am reading a book for review coming up that is about relational reality and it is about all the connection that we make to all the basic parts of ourselves…like how we are dependent on these huge fir trees to drink 500 gallons of water a day and give us clean air – our co-dependency – How would one capture that with a camera? I have a healing yoga stance where you put one foot firmly on the earth and send the other over the knee and place it firmly on the trunk of a tree – breathing deeply until you feel the pulsing energy within the tree. It is very cleansing but too rainy today to attempt

    I am trying to release some old angers today and let them go, which I believe are holding me back from the changes I need to make. Rather a tough day, I would not like to capture them any more…release, forgive, and begin again.

    Lovely work as always. Thank you for sharing

    • Maybe Patricia if you are releasing the anger you will be in a position to capture something else…. Something really delicious and soul satisfying perhaps? Just a thought but it pleases me to think about the possibility. Thank you for you kind words about my work and stopping in today.

  3. Terrill – With trees being at the top of my list of favorite living things, you’ve got to know how much this post and the beautiful photographs resonate with me.

    Remember years ago when you posted a photo with a deer hidden in it (that was so darned hard to find!)…is this the same tree?

    What are you attempting to capture this week with you creative tools?

    This week I’m wrapping up an article that’s due to the editor on or before Feb 10. And by golly, I’ve got it by the tail. It will be fully “captured” by the time it’s due 🙂

    • Yes Laurie this is the very same tree that was in the photograph with the deer hiding in it. I have no doubt that you will tame that lion of an article with time to spare. Good luck with it! I often think of your love of trees when I am photographing or painting them. It is a passion that we share and share with so many. Patricia’s book she is reading about our co-dependancy is probably part of our appreciation.

  4. what a wonderful photographs Terrill. i never success to capture any landscapes or scenery like that. and these are beautiful one, even the object is only a tree. it look simply dramatic. love it.

  5. Terrill, I am also a tree lover -as I’ve stated on this blog in the past- and I am simply ravished this morning by this indescribably beautiful photos, all stark, mystical and atmospheric. Every one has had me visually enraptured, and I am hoping at some point you may make them available on a calendar or collection. Yes, when you embark on a brush stroke transcription, there will be further magic woven into this subject, but the photos are really incredible, and proof of what photography can provide when it’s engineered by people with your feel for the environment. Bravo!

    • I will see about what I can do to come up with a tree calendar Sam. That is a great idea! There is a practiced art to photographing the essence and essential in a nature photograph that in many ways is more difficult than people photography because the photographer must decide what the star of the image is going to be from the gazillion of choices before her or him. Along a similar vain except on the subject of painting I read the most delightful and inspiring interview with Italian painter Sigal Tsabari last evening. Here is the link just in case anyone else is interested Her work is extraordinary and most often is about the ordinary from her everyday life. The article includes maybe more than a dozen of her paintings. I look forward to digging around and reading more about her.

  6. Lone trees can be gorgeous, indeed. I especially like the first photo with that exquisite color of blue stream and background of fog. It’s never occurred to me to keep photographing an object in different lighting to capture a certain essence. Thanks for the prompt to possibly do that.

  7. Some really lovely photographs. The various color tones are beautiful. As for me this past couple of days has been about capturing a wind and rain storm with my video camera. Giving the storm my own feeling. Stop by and check them out.

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