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I Never Saw a Discontented Tree

By midgemckay
"I never saw a discontented tree" - John Muir.

The first in a short travel series, Photos of Shawhead. Shawhead is a (very) small village in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Great wee place, always nice to go for a walk. I have relatives there, and spent this weekend relaxing before starting my summer placement (i.e. spending every day in a suit) - so thought I'd photograph some of the more unusual or interesting features of the area.

First up is this rather simple scene - nothing more to it than a tree on a hill, but the colours seemed so simple and clean. Coming from a city (Glasgow) I don't get much chance to see anything like this. The little tree at the side seemed to add that little extra touch of interest. I left plenty of sky in as that is the one thing I think of with the countryside - clear skies with no buildings.


Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: rania, Cheesegrater, joseph and 10 more

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redstag 14 100 15 United Kingdom
14 May 2006 12:51PM
Classic, simple, gorgeous.

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jeanie Plus
16 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
14 May 2006 1:01PM
Its wonderful. I love the little tree being dwarfed even more by the big tree. The composition is great.

woodlark 16 545 1 United Kingdom
14 May 2006 1:07PM
Nice simple effective landscape.
Like it!
mwatkins9801 16 190
14 May 2006 1:29PM
unusual and clickable :o)
ntompkins 16 22
14 May 2006 1:41PM
Nicely spotted. the fence around the tree adds something to it too. Nick.
Elimare 15 12
14 May 2006 1:44PM
Nice shot, I like the composition too.
stevekhart 14 4.5k 3 United Kingdom
15 May 2006 12:56PM
Nice, simple; it works for me!
joseph 14 England
15 May 2006 12:58PM
I missed this one somehow Midge. This is one of your best. Great composition and brilliant colours. Really nice landscape.Well done mate!
midgemckay 14 46
15 May 2006 1:10PM
Cheers Joe, much appreciated Smile
16 May 2006 6:57AM
Fantastic clear image, really great colours. A great composition.

rania 16 1
16 May 2006 2:20PM
I think the small tree is saying "I want to stand on the top when I grow up" Smile
But why is the 'grown-up' tree fenced in? Has she been naughty? Maybe the little tree is waiting for her to come out and play! Smile
Rania (not really mad)
midgemckay 14 46
16 May 2006 10:49PM
Brilliant Rania, you've added an extra bit to my smile today after that comment! Stuck in the office, such a contrast to going for walks around Shawhead Sad
starstriders 16 1.6k United Kingdom
10 Jun 2006 1:11PM
Excellent shot that conveys so much. There's a lot of symbolism in this.

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