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A Private Moment...

By Scottishlandscapes  
...with the tree on Lochan na h'Achlaise, Rannoch Moor, taken on my birthday in 2008. I visited the island and spent some time being alone there with nature.
The tree has been blown down and snapped in the middle by a spring gale.

***This is my tribute to the tree that gave so much pleasure to so many over many years.

Tags: Scotland Highlands Rannoch moor Landscape and travel

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1 Jun 2011 9:12AM
Fabulous image Dougie - well composed with lovely clarity !

RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
1 Jun 2011 9:16AM
Dougie, I think this must be one of the very best images I have seen featuring this famous tree on the Moor. I am wondering how you reach your viewpoint to capture this superb shot. So sad that you will never be able to return and repeat it, for it like so many other perhaps less well recognised trees have been lost for ever recently.
Regards, Ronnie.
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
1 Jun 2011 9:18AM
Nture moves on Dougie just as we do, excellent image with a lone tree. One of our favorite subjectsWink Ron.
Briwooly 15 454 6 England
1 Jun 2011 9:21AM
This is superb the composition is excellent and a tree that will be sadly missed

Richsr 13 91 223 England
1 Jun 2011 9:21AM
Looks a good images to me Dougie, the composition works and the details and cours work well. Not seen an image from here before, so well work the wade or row out to the island.
Certain no one will be able to get another lie this now.
Regards Richard.
danbrann 16 640 17
1 Jun 2011 9:32AM
The end of an era my friend but life away from the tree must go on and no doubt with your powers of observation you will find another.
As youngsters we were lost when our girlfriends went off with some one else. Devastation soon followed by glee and anticipation as soon as we found another.
This rally is a cracking image is which is a reminder of your birthday.....who was the oldest or even or the tree.
1 Jun 2011 9:32AM
Absolutely stunning image! Great work.
AngieLatham 16 790 2 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2011 9:35AM
Lovely to see a leafy pic of the tree Dougie, mostly we tend to see it when its looking dead in the winter months. It's nice to remember it bursting with life Smile

The sky is superb, really lovely image all round. Smile
cassiecat 12 39 46 England
1 Jun 2011 9:38AM
thats just lovely.lesley
jeanie Plus
17 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2011 9:40AM
I saw fishermen wading across to it the other week... our only chance to get close was when the lochan was frozen and we slip-slid across.
A beautiful image to remember it by xx
I removed some beer bottles and a foil BBQ tray when I was there, left by the careless who'd been there before me. Don't think I'd be blaming photographers for that or real anglers either Jeannie.

It won't be the same visiting the Lochan now, but life moves on and there's a lot of attractive boulders which can't blow away.
Alan_Coles 15 178 11 Wales
1 Jun 2011 10:00AM
One of the best shots of the tree I have seen Dougie...superb. ....and thr trademark dougie reflection Smile
dmhuynh72 13 44 3 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2011 10:26AM
I've never seen the tree from this close up or from this angle before.
I agree life would not be the same again with the tree.
Lovely image by the way.

fotosphere 11 1 Wales
1 Jun 2011 10:38AM
Quality Image
fraser 17 631 14 Scotland
1 Jun 2011 10:58AM
Lovely image Dougie. Trademark sky, strong composition and lovely warm light. Good to see this view, which I don't think I've seen before and must be pretty unique.

JOHNu 11 Ireland
1 Jun 2011 11:02AM
good work
11 10 10 England
1 Jun 2011 11:31AM
How happy you must have been in this lovely place. A superb image and memories are so good.
RobboB Plus
14 133 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2011 11:33AM
This is a fitting tribute and it is wonderful to see the tree from such a different perspective
Many thanks Dougie
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
11 112 38 Wales
1 Jun 2011 12:01PM
Outstanding shot and a great tribute to the lone Rowan. I like your style, Dougie. Blow the Loch side shots - get one on the isle itself Smile
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
1 Jun 2011 1:59PM
A superb capture of the lone tree. So wonderful you went to the Island when you did. You now have this lovely, up close image. One that is no more.........Sandy
johnjrp 17 432 5 Australia
1 Jun 2011 1:59PM
Fabulous image Doug. John
maggieh 12 4 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2011 3:35PM
A beautiful image of a much mourned old friend.
wolfy 17 36 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2011 3:52PM
Sensational Dougie, one of the best I've ever seen from here and a fitting tribute, stunning!
Niknut Plus
10 2.8k 82 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2011 4:17PM
Cracking shot Dougie ! the viewpoint, with 'that' tree creating a tremendous depth to the image...1st class !
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2011 6:28PM
What to say. Rather nice.

Isn't it a pity though, that so many people pass comment on this to say how good it is - as they should, but that so few bother to comment on other images, the authors of which who actually require help/

Sue_R 15 11 6 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2011 6:42PM
Great tribute to a beautiful tree! Just love this image, Dougie, and a belated happy birthday for your birthday in 2008, and all the others since then, of course Smile

Sue Smile
woolybill1 Plus
14 36 76 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2011 7:24PM
Quite superb, Dougie. I could not imagine a more suitable tribute.
Cheers Bill, nice comment.
1 Jun 2011 8:40PM
A beautiful scene.
Jestertheclown 12 8.4k 253 England
1 Jun 2011 10:03PM
I'll reinforce what Paul's said above. All these congratulatory comments but not a hint of critique.
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2011 10:41PM
superb detail in the foreground very noticeable to me as a noviceSmile a great all round shot well composed
docfarhan 11 2 3 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2011 11:09PM
I am sorry to write this but this is the wrong gallery for this photo.

A fantastic shot as every one has said. But I would suggest that this photo does not require a critique. Critique gallery is for someone like me who is learing and do not even know the basics of the photography. I know people can argue that no photo is a perfect one! but to be honest if I can capture something like this I will have it framed in my living room!

I hope every one understand

accipiter 11 61 England
2 Jun 2011 8:05AM
A fine image and a fitting tribute - sad that the Rowan has been blown down but the roots are still there and it will grow again. A
rhousham 13 435 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2011 9:21AM
Great image and a fine photo of the tree.
Thanks for taking the time to be bitter... it's about the tree not me. I posted it for Critique so that I wouldn't get points, that was the reason not for glory which seems to be your inference. You don't know me if you think that. I spend lots of time helping people I don't always do it in open session I often PM people so that they learn without embarrassment.

You are entitled to your opinion as I am to mine.
Jestertheclown 12 8.4k 253 England
2 Jun 2011 9:28PM
I'm not feeling bitter because you've posted this here Dougie, neither am I inferring that you're glory hunting. You'd have got the same response from most of the members that have commented here, wherever you'd posted it. The only real difference is that elsewhere, it would also have garnered a crop of votes.
I think you'll find that it's been overlooked for critique, partly because there's not really much to critique about it but mostly because it's been swamped with "nice shot" type coments which, with all due respect to everyone, don't constitute any kind of critique and don't help anyone.

brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2011 4:33PM
As I had the favour to meet you, I know well which your intention was Dougie. And I know, you're not expecting any "points" where you wouldn't deserve them. It is a pitty not to be able to click here - a very beautiful image of this tree, which was a comrade, no - a friend to you through the years. The image evokes the feeling of a "private moment" - so you choose a very good title too.
And, as you said, life moves on... and I am looking forward to more good images from the moor,
6 Jun 2011 6:35PM
Shame to hear about the demise of the tree, Dougie. This is a top notch shot of it.
Caledonia 14 2 Scotland
21 Jun 2011 11:27PM
A truly splendid shot befitting a great lady! This shows how photogenic she really was.

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