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Let's Get Out of Winter

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 6 February 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

This was taken on the road between Boulder, UT, and Moab; so I ended up having to take it in the middle of the day. Not the best light, but a neat old tree.

Language has created the word loneliness to express the pain of being alone, and the word solitude to express the glory of being alone.

- Paul Tillich

NIKON D300 1/400 second F/13.0 ISO 200 33 mm (35mm equiv.)

rem_la from Villiers, France

c'est sec comme un coup de trique !

6 Feb 2009 5:25am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

wowwwwwwwww pleine lumière ça fait du bien !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mais si sec ...... !!!!!!

6 Feb 2009 5:30am

@Jean-François: Unbelievably dry!

Observing from West Cheshire, United Kingdom

It's a gorgeous shot, punchy contrast and color, and interesting. I like the wispy cloud trail, that takes care of the top half frame.

6 Feb 2009 5:48am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I agree with Mike, the colours are indeed punchy and provide excellent contrast. Great shot, Jack.

6 Feb 2009 6:04am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

couleurs chaudes
Tout sec....
alors qu'ici il pleut,il neige et il fait froid

6 Feb 2009 6:31am

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

Nice one... we feel the atmosphere from here...

6 Feb 2009 6:34am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Quelles magnifiques couleurs! L'arbre est tortueux et très beau! Belle photo!

6 Feb 2009 6:38am

@mo.langel: Thanks, Mo; I really did like that tree.

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Like a desert but beautiful colours

6 Feb 2009 6:39am

@Marie LC: It is very much a desert, Marie. I wouldn't want to live there, but it is a great place to photograph.

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Oh don't you just love trees!!! I am always amazed ans mesmerised by them and this one is no exception!! Incredible shot!!

6 Feb 2009 7:04am

Mathilde from Paris, France

Je rêve de chaud, je rêve de bleu, je rêve d'un désert sans fin! Et je regarde le gris du ciel! c'est si triste!

6 Feb 2009 7:06am

Yvonne S. from Tilburg, Netherlands

The colours are unbelieveable, GREAT picture!!!

6 Feb 2009 7:53am

missparis from PARIS, France

Il ne doit pas pleuvoir souvent. Jolies teintes

6 Feb 2009 8:24am

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

the theme of the tree admirably treaty, may be an acacia, twisted and centenary at the edge of a desert sun and drought, it is light and ruffled so contrast with the bright colors of the sky and the red earth , great John.

6 Feb 2009 8:36am

k@ from France

The quote is as true as your pic - love the mood here, and the warm light*

6 Feb 2009 8:58am

Manel from Girona, Spain

Very good dry scene today. Excelent capture of this expectacular tree, enhanced for the composicion

6 Feb 2009 8:58am

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

You cant beat a good tree shot and this is one !!

6 Feb 2009 9:03am

Francesc B. from région parisienne, France

Magnificent tree and blue sky... very good "dry" shot...

6 Feb 2009 10:35am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

But I can feel the warmth of the sun, which I miss so much these days! Thank you! Beautiful.

6 Feb 2009 10:46am

Veronelle from Lens, France

beautifull composition and sunny shoot

6 Feb 2009 12:18pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

This tree holds so much character. Nice framing and capture. While I like the bold light, clarity and color, the drama of different light would be interesting.

6 Feb 2009 1:35pm

Julian Kilsby from Birmingham, United Kingdom

Really good shot. Great colour and contrast.

6 Feb 2009 2:00pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

I actually love the light! The colors are beautiful!

6 Feb 2009 2:09pm

@Sandrine: Thanks, Sandrine. The positive about the light is that it definitely gives you a feel for how dry the desert is.

Ninni from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

You did very well despite the light! A wonderful tree and a marvellous photo!!

6 Feb 2009 2:24pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from United Kingdom

A fabulous location, and such a wonderfully composed and captured photograph. Awesome, Jack

6 Feb 2009 2:25pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

You worked the light out well. Love the color and its a grand old tree.

6 Feb 2009 2:28pm

NarB from Bruxelles, Belgium

Fantastic light for a surprising tree.

6 Feb 2009 2:29pm

Pradeep from India

AWESOME colors...brilliant light. Love the composition here. Nice job :)

6 Feb 2009 3:04pm

alex centrella from California, United States

a great dry catch !

6 Feb 2009 3:21pm

Hema from Bangalore, India

Lonely tree, stands tall and beautiful, braving the desert-sun. Nice shot.

6 Feb 2009 3:32pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A neat old tree indeed and a lovely blue sky. Southern Utah is so fine.

6 Feb 2009 3:52pm

@Steve Rice: I really love the contrast between the Pacific NW and Southern Utah; both areas provide terrific photographic opportunities.

Ajay from Pune, India

A road not many would dare to walk. Brilliant catch. Blueness of the is so much shining that it's just giving perfect contrast to the shot.

6 Feb 2009 4:09pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

despite being mid day the sky is great esp. with that bit of cloud going off in a diagonal. The ground in the foreground is important in your composition as well -- lots of interest!

6 Feb 2009 4:22pm

zahai from Berlin, Germany

Beautiful colors, looks like a warm day.

6 Feb 2009 5:03pm

Cricket/Tammy from Huntsville, United States

Well, I was wrong...I like this one better. I am a blue lover and skies brings life to a picture. I love this one.

6 Feb 2009 8:50pm

@Cricket/Tammy: Tammy, That's cheating; only the three created from the same image get a vote!! But when it comes to trees, I'm with you; the Utah tree is one of my all time favorites; it's a tree with character!

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand


6 Feb 2009 8:56pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

I think it works well - great tree, great sky

6 Feb 2009 9:07pm

roentarre from Melbourne, Australia

Powerful, yet colourful.

The texture is simply amazing here

6 Feb 2009 9:39pm

Cricket/Tammy from Huntsville, United States

I just went back and reinstated my vote for the third one. I do love the blue sky here.

7 Feb 2009 12:10am

@Cricket/Tammy: I spent a long time with the Utah tree. I stood and sat there soaking up its wisdom and energy. Much of the time, I was totally by myself. It was clearly one of the most special times of the week long trip.

Nacho from Salem, OR, United States

Love that tree Jack, and the incredible sky above it!

7 Feb 2009 1:34am

@Nacho: Thanks, Nacho; I've really missed you on aminus3.

JJ from Jersey City, United States

certainly a very interesting tree, love the contrast between the earthy tones and the gorgeous blue sky

7 Feb 2009 1:54am

Denise from Perry, United States

This is fantastic, I feel like I have seen this tree while reading the Bible?

7 Feb 2009 2:01am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

That is a really cool, old tree. I've only driven through Utah, never spent any time there. another thing for my to do list.

7 Feb 2009 4:24am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

interesting composition! great light to bring out the amazing detail of the tree and rugged terrain, capped off by fantastic blue sky... great capture!

7 Feb 2009 8:17am

star_cosmos_bleu/marcel lemieux from Canada

Great colors...nice , warm, desertic old trees ,all kinds....great capture....

8 Feb 2009 9:45am

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

it is son incredible far from what it looks like around here these days it it hard to phantom, wonderful bright light

8 Feb 2009 8:50pm

@shallowregret: The same is true for us. Lots of gray days.

willow from Chelsea, United States

Yes, a great tree. I really like the subtle curving cloud that almost mirrors the shape of the tree, too.

9 Feb 2009 12:31am

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Love this picture too. The road and the tree against the blue sky are beautiful.

9 Feb 2009 12:50am

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Superb! No complaints about the light from me. Those colors are fanastic. Great contrast.

9 Feb 2009 9:53pm

@Lesley: On a gray, damp day like today, that light would be most welcome!!

lucie from san francisco, United States

beautiful xeriscape!! all your photos are wonderful!

14 Feb 2009 11:33pm