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...as I approached Rannoch Moor, I was delighted to see that a dusting of snow was on Black Mount, but as I parked beside the Lochan I saw that the iconic rowan tree had fallen, the high winds had brocken her back & she was lying smashed to the ground.

Lochan na h'Achlaise will never be the same again without the wee Rowan Tree which inspired countless photographers to stand in rain, snow and sometimes even sunshine to capture their moment with "The Tree".

Brand:Canon Eos
Camera:Canon EOS-1DS Mark III
Lens:Canon EF 24-70mm f/ 2.8 L USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Sad Event...
Username:Scottishlandscapes Scottishlandscapes
Uploaded:30 May 2011 - 5:52 PM
Tags:Highlands, Landscape / travel, Rannoch moor, Scotland
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RonnieAG Plus Member 5147 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland114 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 6:11 PM

What a sad end for that wee iconic tree, Dougie: I have seen it so often in shots from here! So many trees have been felled in the recent stormy weather, and only last evening I was recording some of the fallen in my favourite park.
Despite that loss on the Moor, you will still come back with many a superb landscape, I'm sure.
Regards, Ronnie.

Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 6:15 PM

Cheers Ronnie but it's a sad loss in the Scottish landscape my friend.

cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 6:16 PM

what a shame Sad lesley

30 May 2011 - 6:19 PM

sorry to hear...Rowan tree always remind me of a great landscape photographer who used to post here... "Highlander"... beautiful image !!!

Nikki !

MrsS  84527 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 6:22 PM

Oh, what a shame! Sje will be really missed! Sad

F x

martin.w Plus Member 12367 forum postsmartin.w vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 6:29 PM

I never even got a chance to photograph it as it was lagging it down when I was there....a real sad event Dougie Sad

Sue_R Plus Member 9Sue_R vcard Scotland6 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 6:32 PM

Lovely image, but such a shame about the tree. It just won't be the same without it.

Sue Smile

RobboB Plus Member 894 forum postsRobboB vcard United Kingdom
30 May 2011 - 6:39 PM

That is such sad news Dougie, I am devastated.

AnnChown Plus Member 5195 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 6:50 PM

Oh no! Although I have never seen it in the wild I felt I knew it well. What a sad day!


Lovely image Dougie - Such a shame, the winds have been just awful this past week or so !


Tynnwrlluniau Plus Member 548 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 7:05 PM

Lovely shot, Dougie. A shame about that iconic Rowan tree. At least it's been well-recorded for posterity.

ccb  626 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 7:57 PM

Very sad - but this is still a beautiful, breathtaking image.

mrswoolybill Critique Team 8638 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1165 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 8:07 PM

Death of an icon, how very sad. It's strange how individual trees can capture our imagination.

woolybill1 Plus Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 8:15 PM

A sad tale and a sad reality - that tree was like a firm friend even though we never met.
Regards and commimserations

jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
30 May 2011 - 8:52 PM

A time to grief, but there is a lot of great pictures as reminders of what was


Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England215 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 9:03 PM

What a great shame, it has been a feature of so many great images.
A fine study of the great view from here Dougie.
Regards Richard

jeronius  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 9:30 PM

This is sad news, it was on my list of places to shoot. You have immortalised the tree with some stunning shots.

DaisyD50  8
30 May 2011 - 9:50 PM

Wow what a great view.

joolsb  1027115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 10:08 PM

Actually, although it's sad to see a tree brought down, it's a good thing for photographers. One less 'iconic' view to copy endlessly....

Daisymaye Plus Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 10:29 PM

That is sad! The lovely tree is now gone. ...........Sandy

danbrann Plus Member 10512 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
30 May 2011 - 10:43 PM

I hope that never happens at Sycamore Gap Dougie. on the other hand no one from now on will get anything better than yours.

Dougie I'm confused. I thought I had already commented on your Buzzard....

Last Modified By danbrann at 30 May 2011 - 10:45 PM
Mari  111825 forum posts Wales
31 May 2011 - 12:35 AM

Just shows that nature alters and changes the landscape, and nothing stays the same forever, looks strange without the tree there, but a beautiful landscape all the same Smile


31 May 2011 - 5:02 AM

Two nice images! The 1st one is my favourite! What a beautiful scene! Your Scotland scenes just make me want to return there very soon! Wonderful colours, tones and composition! Beautiful!



31 May 2011 - 6:59 AM

Ah, no, I didn't read the caption! What a great shame! After that happening, this scene will never be the same.....particularly for photographers! I was too busy looking a the 1st image. I just love the landscape in your part of the world. I haven't been to Scotland for 20 years! It's on our agenda for another visit....maybe we'll include it in next year's Scandinavian trip! Smile



31 May 2011 - 7:40 AM

Gutted..... iconic it was Sad

I raise my cuppa tea to that wee tree, it gave so many people pleasure.

dmhuynh72 Plus Member 735 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2011 - 8:22 AM

The scene looks so different without the tree. All the images you've taken with the tree will now be priceless Dougie.


fraser  11631 forum posts Scotland14 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2011 - 8:31 AM

Another lovely shot Dougie but a sad end to the wee tree. It did well to stand against the winter winds at that location but I guess the wind against its load of summer leaves was too much for it.


pluckyfilly Plus Member 8326 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2011 - 8:59 AM

great view, so well composedSmile

pmorgan  8217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2011 - 9:26 AM

End of an era, but well captured!


brownsilent Plus Member 8brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2011 - 10:58 AM

Oh rowan tree, oh rowan tree
Thou'lt aya be dear to me
Entwined thou art wi' many ties
O'hame and infancy
Thy leaves were aye the first of spring
Thy flowers the summer's pride
There was nae sic a bonnie tree
In a' the country side
Oh rowan tree

How fair was thou in summer time
Wi' a'thy clusters white
How rich and gay thy autumn dress,
Wi' berries red and bright!
On thy fair stem were mony names
Which now nae mair I see
But they're engraven on my heart,
Forget they ne'er can be
Oh rowan tree

Oh rowan tree... sad, sad, sad to see the wee tree broken. The place looks empty now, but perhaps the roots are strong enough to sprout another one, to enjoy the coming generations.
I thought the song would be the best tribute to our little friend,

Last Modified By brownsilent at 31 May 2011 - 11:00 AM
Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2011 - 11:02 AM

We can only hope that you're right Johanna, I wonder if we'll see the day?

Platchet  8 Wales8 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2011 - 1:59 PM

I'm gutted too, it was a great addition to a fabulous scene.

jeanie Plus Member 115979 forum postsjeanie vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2011 - 5:30 PM

Oh dear!!
I received a message on another photo site to tell me it was the other tree (the dead one) further up the road and on the other side that was felled...I did mention it on facebook but nobody seemed to have heard anything more..
Now I am gutted that its this tree...but so glad I stopped there a few weeks ago now! Sad

31 May 2011 - 5:36 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Guted! Sad

Do you think the sales of photographs shot pre-damage will go up in value now? Kind of like when an artist dies? Tongue

A fitting member to take the photo bringing us this news Dougie, couldn't have been down to a nicer and more passionate Scottish landscaper. So sad Sad maybe new life will spring from its roots though Smile

Last Modified By AngieLatham at 31 May 2011 - 5:38 PM
Scottishlandscapes Plus Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
31 May 2011 - 5:41 PM

Jeanie it's possible that the dead tree has gone too I don't have any news on it, I did notice that the sign at the ski-slope was flattened, that's just north of the dead tree.

31 May 2011 - 5:42 PM

here is another fitting poem as we are in a malencholy mood :

Golden Rowan

Bliss Carman (1861–1929)

SHE lived where the mountains go down to the sea,
And river and tide confer.
Golden Rowan, in Menalowan,
Was the name they gave to her.

She had the soul no circumstance
Can hurry or defer.
Golden Rowan, of Menalowan,
How time stood still for her!

Her playmates for their lovers grew,
But that shy wanderer,
Golden Rowan, of Menalowan,
Knew love was not for her.

Hers was the love of wilding things;
To hear a squirrel chir
In the golden rowan of Menalowan
Was joy enough for her.

She sleeps on the hill with the lonely sun,
Where in the days that were,
The golden rowan of Menalowan
So often shadowed her.

The scarlet fruit will come to fill,
The scarlet spring to stir
The golden rowan of Menalowan,
And wake no dream for her.

Only the wind is over her grave,
For mourner and comforter;
And “Golden Rowan, of Menalowan,”
Is all we know of her.

wolfy  1136 forum posts United Kingdom
31 May 2011 - 6:53 PM

Truly a sad event Dougie, it was an iconic place and will never be the same again Sad I never did get a good shot either, it was always blowing a gale and raining nearly every time I passed there..oh well.

1 Jun 2011 - 2:17 PM

Never got to take a photo of this particular cliche but no problem, I'll just 'shop one in :o)

Still a good picture without though

Last Modified By MeanGreeny at 1 Jun 2011 - 2:18 PM
Nigel_95 Plus Member 9260 forum postsNigel_95 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2011 - 10:39 PM

So sorry to learn of this Dougie.


waineswitch Plus Member 784 forum postswaineswitch vcard Scotland
14 Jun 2011 - 3:26 PM

So glad I went a few weeks back after all, instead of waiting for a more 'convenient' time. Sad indeed....

Caledonia  8 Scotland
21 Jun 2011 - 11:24 PM

She must have suffered innumerable hostile winters standing there alone....solely for the benefit of Scotland's great photographers! Why else was she there? So very sad. The place just doesn't look the same.

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