Riverbank – Respryn Woods, Lanhydrock

Riverbank - Respryn Woods, Lanhydrock, Near Bodmin, North Cornwall

Riverbank - Respryn Woods, Lanhydrock, Near Bodmin, North Cornwall

This old tree is probably my favourite tree, I visit it on a regular basis to see how it is getting along, because, as you can see, it has seen better days. I fully expect to turn up one day to find it finally succumbed and has fallen into the river, but until that time comes I shall continue to visit it. That’s the the thing about trees, particularly old gnarled ones, they seem to have a permanence, a solidity which we mostly take for granted. Some can be very distinctive and seem to have a character of their own.

Have you got a favourite tree ? Maybe one that you planted from a sapling and have seen grow as you have grown. Or perhaps it is an old oak standing in a field that you pass on your way home from work. Whatever it is make a point of giving it a visit. After all it’s not likely to visit you !

Lone Tree, Cadsonbury Hill

Lone Tree, Cadsonbury Hill, Callington, South East Cornwall

Lone Tree, Cadsonbury Hill, Callington, South East Cornwall

This single tree grows at the top of Cadsonbury Hill, a Bronze Age hill fort between Liskeard and Callington. If you park at New Bridge you can take a pleasant walk along the Lynher River and at the end cross the road and look out for the sign to Cadsonbury Hill. After a short but steep climb you will come to the top of the hill and you will find a ditch that runs around the circumference of the hill and is the original defensive earthworks.

I have turned this image into Monochrome as I like the effect of the dark sky set against the clouds and the way the tree stands out against them. You will also notice that I have placed the subject in the centre of the image (no rule of thirds here) and have also chosen to make the image in the portrait format. Hope you like it.

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Lone Tree – Stowes Hill, Minions

Lone Tree - Stowes Hill, Minions, Liskeard, South East Cornwall (David Carvey)

Lone Tree - Stowes Hill, Minions, Liskeard, South East Cornwall (David Carvey)

Photographers love the single tree, one that stands alone in its landscape, strong, enduring and permanent. I’ve never really analysed what it is I like about this subject, and maybe it will take many more images to come to a conclusion, so for now I will just present this example for you to look at, and maybe you can come to your own conclusions and let me know in the comment box below.

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Country Lane – The Luxulyan Valley, Near St Austell

Country Lane - The Luxulyan Valley, Near St Austell, Mid Cornwall (David Carvey)

Country Lane - The Luxulyan Valley, Near St Austell, Mid Cornwall

This quiet country lane is situated in the Luxulyan Valley, a little way south-west of the Trefry viaduct. Although this lane is little used I have an aversion to standing in the middle of any road to take a photograph, so luckily I was able to set up the tripod on a grassy verge and take my time to compose my image. I loved the way the boughs of the central tree are overhanging the road and then become mixed with the adjacent branches further up the image. The light was quite variable as it emerged sporadically from behind the clouds and I had to wait for a little while until I had the right combination of light and shadow. The idea behind the picture was to illustrate a quiet country lane, free from traffic that you could imagine yourself walking down on a crisp winter’s afternoon. The lack of any leaf cover tends to emphasise the solitude and introduces a melancholic feel to the image. Imagine this image was taken in mid summer with the branches in full leaf and I think it would look quite dark and maybe a little menacing, and that apart from the difficulties in exposure this would introduce.

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