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This is my favourite tree. Is it insane to have a favourite tree? Possibly. I don’t really care. In fact, if I’m honest, I don’t believe in insanity, no more than I believe in normality. What’s normal in one part of the world might be considered insane in another. The fact is, they’re just different. If we’re going to apply labels I’d prefer to hold with the Mad Hatter and say “We’re all mad here”.

Anyway, back to the tree. A few months back, just as the leaves were turning brown and falling from the trees, Arūnas drove me round Adakavas to photograph the beautiful autumnal colours. The sky was clear blue and the sun was just tipping low, creating prefect light for taking pictures. The drive took much longer than originally planned as I jumped out of the car ever few hundred metres to capture something beautiful.

This tree roughly marks the halfway point on the route I take when walking the dog. We are surrounded by a number of forests, yet it is this lone tree that always grabs my attention. I have no idea why. I could philosophise that it’s a metaphor for standing tall and firm by yourself, without the need for support from others. But really it’s just a pretty tree.

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This particular day I snapped a few photos of the tree as we drove towards it from the sunny side. They were not particularly interesting photos but I’ve captured the tree before with the moon and stunning sunsets behind it and I thought it might be interesting to have these for comparison. Less than two minutes later we drove behind the tree so that the tree was now between us and the sun. I could not get over the difference in atmosphere created by changing perspective by just a few hundred metres.

I’m not sure which photo I prefer. Some days it’s the sunny one, others the shadowed one, still others the one with the moon. It remains my favourite tree.

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  1. There is nothing wrong with having a favorite tree. I like one in particular east of our house. It reminds me of a unicorn at the top. I must try and get a picture of it. Both your pictures turned out very good. It is stunning how different lighting can make the same object look.

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    March 4, 2015
    • Thanks Cheryll. It’s funny how we see shapes in trees. I look forward to seeing your unicorn.

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      March 4, 2015
  2. Gary #

    Both great shots. If pushed I’d have to go with the shadowed tree…but don’t quite know why. More emphasis on its remoteness I guess. Has it occurred to you that this is also someone else’s favourite tree? The fact that it is there, in the middle of a field and all around it cultivated. At some stage, many years ago, maybe even decades ago, somebody decided to leave that little sapling, that little twig, to leave it where it was, to let it grow, to ‘let it be’. It will continue to grow and be appreciated by many. I too had a favourite tree…a huge Chestnut in the middle of a field at the back of Larkfield. I used to watch it for hours with my Dad’s binoculars when I was a kid. Watching what birds were coming and going…and the squirrels of course. Sometimes early morning as the sun rose or in the evening or in winter stark black and skeletal or crystallised with frost and then sometime covered in silent snow. I was only thinking of it the other day…honestly. Perhaps we’re all a little mad after all…but isn’t that normal.

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    January 16, 2015
    • Lovely comment, Gary. It hadn’t occurred to me that it might also be someone else’s favourite tree, but I see your point – I guess it must be. Hopefully that means it will remain there for many years to come. Was your tree cut down to make way for the school? I love chestnut trees, too. There’s something magical and majestic about them. I used to love our Sunday walks in the Phoenix park alongside all the chestnut trees, especially in autumn when kids were collecting the nuts. I haven’t come across a chestnut tree here – I might have to plant one in the garden.

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      January 16, 2015
  3. I have lots of favourite trees 🙂 I don’t dare do a post on them for fear that Linda unfollows me…

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    January 15, 2015
    • I suspect she doesn’t have a favourite tree, alright. She does seem quite tolerant to weirdness, though, so she might just let you away with it!

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      January 15, 2015
      • That’s what I’m hoping. And who knows – now that she’s officially renounced Catholicism, she may start tree hugging!

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        January 15, 2015
      • She’s done what?! Looks like I’ve missed a post!

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        January 15, 2015
      • She’s only just posted it!

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        January 15, 2015
      • Wow – don’t blame her! Nine percent? It’s purely financial, though. Can’t see her hugging trees and dancing naked round a fire just yet. (Although, give her a gluhwein and who knows!)

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        January 15, 2015
      • Nine per cent OF INCOME TAX, not of income. It’s not that much. Bu then again, a penny is too much to throw at that lot, if you ask me.

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        January 15, 2015
      • I don’t know. Let her post it and see what happens 😉

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        January 16, 2015
      • Nice tree, June 😉

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        January 16, 2015
  4. L Lindall #

    Woops! I have a favorite tree also. Kindred souls lol

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    January 15, 2015
  5. Great shots =)

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    January 15, 2015

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