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It is the most recognizable tree in Poland. A relict pine on the top of Sokolica in Pieniny Mountains.
It is 500 years old but it is very small and grows so slowly that the growth is barely noticeable even in 50 years span.

That is how I will remember it.

Two days ago it was badly damaged by a helicopter used to rescue some unfortunate tourist who had collapsed there and injured their head. The pine lost its upper branch - actually the upper half of the tree. They say that it may not survive the damage.
The tree was not just broken but actually twisted by a powerful whirlwind caused by the machine hovering over the peak.

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This shot was taken 50 years ago, almost to the day.
The negative is in poor state, but it is one of my favorite oldies.

Andreas Swierzy, Amelia Heath, Sami Serola, Lian and 32 other people have particularly liked this photo


43 comments - The latest ones
 Maeluk
Maeluk club
What a great shame about the tree damage. I have lost a few of my favourite trees here though storm damage. Trees are hardy though and it may just survive. I know a tree in a church yard here that is 1.600 years old and still in good health.
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to Maeluk club
Thank you very much for your kind, heartwarming comment, my friend.
Unfortunately prognosis is rather bad.
Look for yourself:
Site is in Polish, but the photos speak for themselves :(
3 years ago.
 Damir
Damir
it's like Hokusai trees !
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to Damir
Wonder of nature!
Thank you!
3 years ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
Sad story,. but a lovely picture , Japanese feel in it
3 years ago.
 Gudrun
Gudrun club
What a pity:-( A wonderful photo, the tree looks like in a Chinese orr Japanese painting! Oops, I see Wierd has had the same idea:-)
3 years ago.
 Typo93
Typo93 club
The wound should be healed...
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to Typo93 club
Tree experts are not optimistic... :(
3 years ago.
 Marta Wojtkowska
Marta Wojtkowska club

Many people say that this pine is shaped like a bonsai tree :)
Thanks!
3 years ago.
 Ned
Ned club
I hope the tree lives... wonderful to have this negative and memory though!
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to Ned club
Thank you so much, Ned!
3 years ago.
 homaris
homaris club
50 anys, però la teva mirada té la mateixa sensibilitat que avui.
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to homaris club
It is very kind of you to say so :)
Thank you!
3 years ago.
 Steuermann
Steuermann
Musisz być szczęśliwa, posiadając to zdjęcie w swoim dorobku. Gratuluję, Marto!
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to Steuermann
Od kilku dni bardziej, niż kiedyś... dzięki!
3 years ago.
 Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall
Excellent and lets hope it survives against the odds-it deserves to
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to Richard Nuttall
It certainly does! Thanks!
3 years ago.
 Blue rubber octopus
Blue rubber octopus club
A beautiful memory.
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to Blue rubber octopus club
In many, many ways :)
Thank you, Ben!
3 years ago.
 Marek Ewjan Stachowski
Marek Ewjan Stachows…
wspaniałe drzewo i wielka strata...
- pozdrawiam serdecznie
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to Marek Ewjan Stachows…
Serdeczności... Marku!
Wątpię, żeby ją uratowano :(
3 years ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
Exquis
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to neira-Dan club
Thanks!
3 years ago.
 Rupert Hedgehog
Rupert Hedgehog
Beautiful photograph - sad story ...
Thank you for sharing!
A prayer for the tree ...
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to Rupert Hedgehog
Thank you so much, Rupert!
Thank you for sharing my feelings (and prayers).
3 years ago.
 TOZ
TOZ club
Lovely old tree sad story Marta excellent Image . TOZ.
3 years ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
Spectacular ! and what a story! *****
3 years ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Thanks for the story and the picture !
3 years ago.
 Marta Wojtkowska
Marta Wojtkowska club

Thank you very much for your kind comments.
Latest news says that there are tree surgeons and bonsai specialists working on the case.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
 Gisela Plewe
Gisela Plewe club
Hoffentlich können die Spezialisten etwas ausrichten!
Mein erster Gedanke zu diesem Bild war auch ein Vergleich mit einer japanischen Tuschezeichnung.
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to Gisela Plewe club
Thank you, Gisela!
I'll be updating the information when we have news.
3 years ago.
 Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann club
how decorative and tormented !
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to Christel Ehretsmann club
Isn't it? :)
3 years ago.
 jyryk58
jyryk58 club
Great... :-)
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to jyryk58 club
Thank you!
3 years ago.
 Sami Serola
Sami Serola club
Sad but wonderful story. And the image is great in its own way.
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to Sami Serola club
Thank you very much, Sami!
Specialists are treating the tree now...
3 years ago.
 Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath club
I have looked at the photos using your link, and this pine tree looks seriously damaged from the main trunk. I do hope it manages to survive. Some plants can be very adaptable, able to withstand very hard pruning and even fire. I'm not sure if that applies to this pine tree.
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to Amelia Heath club
Thank you so much, Amelia!
There is no fresh news about the tree. We'll probably know something more by winter.
3 years ago.
 Andreas Swierzy
Andreas Swierzy
niesamowite ten motyw jest mi znany z dziecinstwa. Byl u mych rodzicow album fotograficzny pt. (PIENINY) polskie wydanie z lat 60-tych ubieglego stulecia.
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to Andreas Swierzy
Może taki?
3 years ago.
 Andreas Swierzy
Andreas Swierzy
o....... Tak to wlasnie ten album. Juz kiedys zastanawialem sie nad tym, kiedy zrodzila sie we mnie pasja fotografowania ? To te zdjecia z Pienin, Tatr i Mazur uwietrznione w fotoalbumach mych rodzicow, ktore Jako maly chlopak ogladalem marzac o dalekich krainach . Dziekuje pieknie za wspomienie z dziecinstwa. Pozdrawiam Andreas
3 years ago.
Marta Wojtkowska club
has replied to Andreas Swierzy
Bardzo mi miło :)
3 years ago.

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