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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

The giant

It is a giant in the field. The only tree for acres and acres. Someone decided long ago to leave it there when the land was cleared for farming, so it stands alone on an elevation overlooking the farmland and the countryside. It commands attention.





The type of tree or its age are unknown but the intricacy of its filamentous web of twigs is highlighted against the blue sky. They reach for space to give maximum exposure to the leaves which now are furled as buds.


The same twigs emanating from the trunk expand its dimensions and add to the intricacy of the old giant.


Hawks or eagles probably love this tree with its vantage point overlooking the fields. Crows and blue jays may enjoy this perch as well. Do the smaller song birds visit after the larger predators have had their turn?


Despite the chemicals which may be used on the fields, the tree appears to be healthy, though looks can deceive. I would like to see it through the seasons, to make a better judgement. For now, it stands dormant in all its naked beauty.

16 comments:

Rhodesia said...

In France I notice that in some fields there are lone trees. Possibly far too big to remove for ploughing purposes! Keep well Diane

Debbie said...

this is a beautiful tree, standing with purpose.

it has a beautiful shape and looks lovely against the blue sky!!

William Kendall said...

It does look in good shape.

photowannabe said...

The tree is magnificent in its dormant naked beauty.
The perfect sentinel over the land.

DJan said...

I am sure every bird in the area loves that tree! It is a beauty. Whatever caused it to be spared, I'm happy it was. :-)

Celia said...

We have some singular trees in the wheat fields around here. They are in dry land farming and don't grow to any great height but I am surprised at how sturdy they are.

bill said...

Strong and alone, beauty stands tall.

Mage said...

Thank you.

Mage said...

Marvelous.

Laurel Wood said...

A very pretty photo.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, it must be a beautiful sight to see. Love the big lone tree!

Wishing you a happy day!

Anvilcloud said...

It's quite a hairy thing. Maybe it's a sleeping Ent,

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I see this too sometimes Marie, when we take country drives every now and then a lone tree stands in a field.. in summer usually with as many cows that can fit in the shade of the one tree 😀 would love to see this beauty again in spring and summer ✨

Ginnie said...

Talk about being outstanding in its field, Marie! It's a poem, as Joyce Kilmer would say. I can imagine what it looks like throughout the seasons....

Angela said...

Beautiful and lonely tree!!

Catarina said...

It is an impressive leafless tree. I suspect you will go back next season to take another picture of it... I would like to see it. :))