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Sad Event...

By Scottishlandscapes 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".

Tags: Scotland Highlands Rannoch moor Landscape and travel

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
30 May 2011 6:11PM
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.

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Cheers Ronnie but it's a sad loss in the Scottish landscape my friend.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
30 May 2011 6:16PM
what a shame Sad lesley
soulofharmony 8 22 1 Norfolk Island
30 May 2011 6:19PM
sorry to hear...Rowan tree always remind me of a great landscape photographer who used to post here... "Highlander"... beautiful image !!!

Nikki !
MrsS 11 4.5k 18 England
30 May 2011 6:22PM
Oh, what a shame! Sje will be really missed! Sad

F x
martin.w 16 519 22 United Kingdom
30 May 2011 6:29PM
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
12 11 6 United Kingdom
30 May 2011 6:32PM
Lovely image, but such a shame about the tree. It just won't be the same without it.

Sue Smile
RobboB Plus
11 132 United Kingdom
30 May 2011 6:39PM
That is such sad news Dougie, I am devastated.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
30 May 2011 6:50PM
Oh no! Although I have never seen it in the wild I felt I knew it well. What a sad day!
30 May 2011 6:57PM
Lovely image Dougie - Such a shame, the winds have been just awful this past week or so !

30 May 2011 7:05PM
Lovely shot, Dougie. A shame about that iconic Rowan tree. At least it's been well-recorded for posterity.
User_Removed 9 26 2 United States
30 May 2011 7:57PM
Very sad - but this is still a beautiful, breathtaking image.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1927 United Kingdom
30 May 2011 8:07PM
Death of an icon, how very sad. It's strange how individual trees can capture our imagination.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
30 May 2011 8:15PM
A sad tale and a sad reality - that tree was like a firm friend even though we never met.
Regards and commimserations
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
30 May 2011 8:52PM
A time to grief, but there is a lot of great pictures as reminders of what was

Richsr 11 91 223 England
30 May 2011 9:03PM
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 9 1 1 England
30 May 2011 9:30PM
This is sad news, it was on my list of places to shoot. You have immortalised the tree with some stunning shots.
DaisyD50 11 3
30 May 2011 9:50PM
Wow what a great view.
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
30 May 2011 10:08PM
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
9 23 16 Canada
30 May 2011 10:29PM
That is sad! The lovely tree is now gone. ...........Sandy
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
30 May 2011 10:43PM
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....
Mari 14 1.8k United Kingdom
31 May 2011 12:35AM
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

PhillipMinnis 8 94 4 Australia
31 May 2011 5:02AM
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!


PhillipMinnis 8 94 4 Australia
31 May 2011 6:59AM
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


Alan_Coles 12 178 11 Wales
31 May 2011 7:40AM
Gutted..... iconic it was Sad

I raise my cuppa tea to that wee tree, it gave so many people pleasure.
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
31 May 2011 8:22AM
The scene looks so different without the tree. All the images you've taken with the tree will now be priceless Dougie.

fraser 14 631 14 Scotland
31 May 2011 8:31AM
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 11 351 33 United Kingdom
31 May 2011 8:59AM
great view, so well composedSmile
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
31 May 2011 9:26AM
End of an era, but well captured!

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
31 May 2011 10:58AM
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,
31 May 2011 11:02AM
We can only hope that you're right Johanna, I wonder if we'll see the day?
Platchet 11 5 8 Wales
31 May 2011 1:59PM
I'm gutted too, it was a great addition to a fabulous scene.
jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
31 May 2011 5:30PM
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
AngieLatham 13 790 2 United Kingdom
31 May 2011 5:36PM
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
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.
AngieLatham 13 790 2 United Kingdom
31 May 2011 5:42PM
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 14 36 United Kingdom
31 May 2011 6:53PM
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.
MeanGreeny 12 3.7k England
1 Jun 2011 2:17PM
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
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2011 10:39PM
So sorry to learn of this Dougie.

waineswitch 10 88 Scotland
14 Jun 2011 3:26PM
So glad I went a few weeks back after all, instead of waiting for a more 'convenient' time. Sad indeed....
Caledonia 11 2 Scotland
21 Jun 2011 11:24PM
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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