Lone Tree

Lone Tree © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias

Sunday began with a heavy mist that dispersed to reveal a less-than-inspiring overcast, greyness. Although Sean and I had intended to get up early and go for a walk, we woke rather late (due to a later-than-planned night) and launched into full-scale brunch preparations before heading out around midday, which, as it turns out, was a good thing. The sun had just started to break through as we left, and by the time we reached the river the clouds had scattered, the sky was clear blue and the air unseasonally warm.

We walked our usual walk, going north-east along the River Ouse towards Hamsey, a tiny hamlet just outside of Lewes that’s split between the ‘mainland’ and the small island nestled in the bow of the river. Along the way we saw a variety of bird and animal folk: a grey heron, ducks, mute swans, a couple of juvenile seagulls and a flock of black-headed gulls that have recently taken up residence on a small section of the riverbank that is also the end of a large garden (yard). The people who own the house and garden also have five lamas (or alpacas, not sure which) and two goats, one black and a smaller, rather cute white one, who were hanging out on the jetty as we passed. Further downstream we met up with our five horse friends: a stallion (all parts intact), two mares and their respective offspring.

Instead of turning off over the bridge to the island, we continued on through mainland Hamsey before taking a right turn through a couple more fields, the last of which is home to this solitary tree. I hadn’t taken a camera, but I did have my iPhone* so was able to capture the tree in the warm glow of the late afternoon sun. I took a few shots at varying distances before kneeling down to take this from near ground level. Shortly afterwards the clouds reformed to cover the sun once more and we headed home in the same flat grey light that had begun the day.

* iPhone 4 with a 5MP camera, not, sadly, the iPhone 4S with its bright, shiny 8MP camera!

24 responses

  1. I feel like I want to take a walk here and then may be sit afterwards and adore the view around me or may be give the lone tree some company… Beautiful picture. :)

  2. I was checking my email and noticed a new post from you, well noticed the title. I thought WordPress changed the title to my post on me. It turns out that not only did we both post trees today, but very similar titles.
    Although yours looks sunnier and happier. And you tree looks alive.
    Great shot.

  3. beautiful perspective and creation of depth by the low angle …..the angle also plays tricks with the diaganol and straight line seeming to converge (although most likely they were parallel lines )

    • We are very fortunate to live in a town that’s surrounded by such lovely countryside, all within easy reach, five, ten, fifteen minutes walk from our front door, depending on which direction we go in. And thanks for your kind comment about the photograph :-)

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