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A lone tree in winter.

A lone tree in winter.
A lone tree that I have known most of my life. It still sits forlornly in my local valley not far from where I was brought up as a boy. I have seen this valley bottom transformed from a wild wilderness, to a mini golf course and then into a lovely natural park-way which is now part of the ‘Oldham Way’ long distance walk (for us anyway :)) enjoyed by many local walkers and dog walkers alike. The tree however is now a shadow of even the one you see here on which birds used to sing. Just a dead stump about half the size of this younger self.

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Erhard Bernstein, Xata, Marco F. Delminho, Annemarie and 22 other people have particularly liked this photo


33 comments - The latest ones
 LotharW
LotharW club
Ein trüber Wintertag. Aber schön, Herb!
7 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to LotharW club
Ja ein trüber Wintertag aber, wie du sagst, noch schön.

Bleibt gesund. Herbert
7 weeks ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
You still have a serious winter Herb.
7 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Sorry Jaap, the true date was lost on the edit -now re-instated here. Our snow has now all gone -like yours I think.

Keep safe. Herb
7 weeks ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
It's true that one can become quite attached to a particular tree or two. I'm not surprised that this one, even now in its faded glory, draws you like a magnet, Herb! Superb shot!
7 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Andy Rodker club
Thanks Andy, yes you are right about trees. I was even more attached to another hawthorne which had even more character than this, near my childhood home, but alas that has now completely gone. Glad you understand my feelings here and enjoyed this one.

Keep safe. Herb
7 weeks ago.
 Steve Paxton
Steve Paxton club
Love the full effect of the snow on the ground and falling. A part of history..
7 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Steve Paxton club
Hi Steve, yes the snow and lack of shadows here add a real feeling and tell a story. A part of the changing history of this place which in one respect seems quite fast now in my 'golden age'.

Keep safe. Herb
7 weeks ago.
 gezginruh
gezginruh club
It looks beautiful and impressive! Beautiful shot Herb!

Best wishes
Füsun
7 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to gezginruh club
My pleasure to share Füsun. Glad you enjoyed it with me.

Keep safe. Herb
7 weeks ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Brrrrrrrrrr !!! but beautiful !!!!!!!!!
7 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Marie-claire Gallet club
Thank you Marie Claire.

Herbert
7 weeks ago.
 TOZ
TOZ club
That is a lone tree Herb it looks a bit sad in the snow away from all it’s mates.
Stay safe TOZ
7 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to TOZ club
We both share aloe of such lone trees Toz. A bit sad here -yes.

Keeps safe and happy -soon be back on the go after last nights announcements. Herb
7 weeks ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
A beautiful composition, Herb !
7 weeks ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
This lone tree is very sculptural Herb. It makes a great picture, especially in the snow!
All the best, Rosa.
7 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
These trees are really good as Bonsai if one can get one just right. Full of character showing the character of age.

Keep safe. Herb
7 weeks ago.
 Daniela Brocca
Daniela Brocca club
It's a pity that it's now a dead stump.
7 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Daniela Brocca club
It is indeed Daniela. I have no idea of its real age. they can live a very long time but I don't think this was that old. Maybe just 50+

Keep safe. Herb
7 weeks ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
You've really nailed the focus on that tree Herb.............it stands out proudly from the snowy background. I can see why you like it so much. Even past it's prime, it still makes a wonderful photographic subject!
7 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Keith Burton club
Glad that you share my focus too Keith, maybe I shall re-post my first loved winter Hawthorne here too one day as I used to have it in Panoramio. I always feel sad now as I pass this old man. He used to be such a handsome fella and as you say, still held some pride five years ago.

Keep safe. Herb
7 weeks ago.
 Proxar
Proxar club
very beautiful!
7 weeks ago.
 Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall club
Excellent Herb
7 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Richard Nuttall club
Nice to see you again Richard. Glad you liked this one.

Regards, Herb
7 weeks ago.
 J.Garcia
J.Garcia club
Because it's alone She becomes a magnificent mark in the landscape!
A stunning statue with the old branches open for all welcome, mainly you, like a great grandfather
Very Beautiful memory , Herb
7 weeks ago. Edited 7 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to J.Garcia club
Judite, you see in nature such as this, the same that I do. In some ways I can see why people hug trees. I am just happy that I have such a record of this tree's life.

Take care. Herb
7 weeks ago.
 Colin Ashcroft
Colin Ashcroft club
We watch many trees that have grown and grown over 50 years living in our valley but to see the end of a trees life is also part of the story. I enjoy seeing your photos. Best Wishes
7 weeks ago.
Herb Riddle club
has replied to Colin Ashcroft club
Colin, we are two of a kind in living amongst such nature and trying to be at one with it. I suppose, like us humans, trees and all living things have a certain life-span. Like human life too, its always sad to see the their demise but at least that tree will have sustained so much more life, even in death.

Keep safe. Herb
7 weeks ago.
Xata club
has replied to Herb Riddle club
I dont believe in any god and was not raised in any religion... but in the respect and love of nature and its energies. If I would have to believe in a god I would choose an old tree...
6 weeks ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
wonderful
7 weeks ago.
 Xata
Xata club
Simply gorgeous**************************
6 weeks ago.
 L. L. Wall
L. L. Wall club
... stark Winter scene; and poignant story ...
6 weeks ago.
 Dinesh
Dinesh club
Exquisite
6 weeks ago.

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