Mini-Challenge #205 - Lonely Tree

travelwaystravelways Candid GrinnerOttawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
edited May 4, 2015 in The Dgrin Challenges
Let's play the theme "Lonely Tree"

This was a theme that I liked on ViewBug (who doesn't know about, don't worry). It was actually sponsored by SmugMug and the prize was a free pro account. The winner was a SmugMug photographer (When I'll find the link to her photo I'll post it)

Anyway, this is all about YOUR interpretation of a Lonely Tree - I hope you like trees :)

The Challenge will run until May 1st (I mean, no matter how late on the last night of April. It will be considered closed in the next morning - I am on US Pacific Time)

* Also, please read the rules (below) of playing before entering:

** I posted this challenge on my facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Travelwaysphotos), and I will also post the winners there with links to their own photography pages :)


Here are some of my examples:

<a href="http://www.travelwaysphotos.com/Thematic-Photography/Photos-of-Nature-and-Wildlife/Trees/i-h9NhvC5/A&quot; title="Oct. 21, 2010The clouds were breaking up, revealing a gorgeous sunset. Ottawa Canada"><img src="http://www.travelwaysphotos.com/PicturesofCanada/Ottawa-Photos-2010/i-h9NhvC5/41/L/tree-4b-L.jpg&quot; title="Oct. 21, 2010The clouds were breaking up, revealing a gorgeous sunset. Ottawa Canada" alt="Oct. 21, 2010The clouds were breaking up, revealing a gorgeous sunset. Ottawa Canada"></a>

<a href="http://www.travelwaysphotos.com/Thematic-Photography/Photos-of-Nature-and-Wildlife/Trees/i-WppCzxg/A&quot; title=""><img src="http://www.travelwaysphotos.com/Thematic-Photography/Autumn-colors/i-WppCzxg/7/L/autumn-a-L.jpg&quot; title="" alt=""></a>

<a href="http://www.travelwaysphotos.com/Thematic-Photography/Photos-of-Nature-and-Wildlife/Trees/i-mMtPWcc/A&quot; title="December 11, 09Almost darkTree branches and birds silhouetted against a pale sun shining through dense fog. Ottawa Canada"><img src="http://www.travelwaysphotos.com/PicturesofCanada/Ottawa-Photos-2010/i-mMtPWcc/35/L/almost-dark-L.jpg&quot; title="December 11, 09Almost darkTree branches and birds silhouetted against a pale sun shining through dense fog. Ottawa Canada" alt="December 11, 09Almost darkTree branches and birds silhouetted against a pale sun shining through dense fog. Ottawa Canada"></a>

<a href="http://www.travelwaysphotos.com/Thematic-Photography/Photos-of-Nature-and-Wildlife/Trees/i-vJqzqVg/A&quot; title="Gros Morne National Park"><img src="http://www.travelwaysphotos.com/PicturesofCanada/Gros-Morne-National-Park-NFL/i-vJqzqVg/0/L/gros-morne-national-park-L.jpg&quot; title="Gros Morne National Park" alt="Gros Morne National Park"></a>


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Have fun with the "Lonely Tree" Challenge! :)
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  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 2,162Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 18, 2015
    Congratulations Tatiana for the Billiards shot win in the Sports challenge - nice one!

    And ooh....I love trees - the lonelier, the better! Here are my entries.

    1) Twin trees - keeping each other company:
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    #2 - Lone Cypress, Monterey, Ca. Probably one of the most photographed trees in California, but I still shoot it whenever possible!

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    #3 - The Crane Tree, Highway 41 just north of Fresno. Not alive anymore, but still a show-stopper.

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  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 18, 2015
    Thank you Joe, very nice trees here :)
    Tatiana - Seeing the world through my camera
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  • CHANDLERJACHANDLERJA Light Seeker Posts: 400Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 18, 2015
    Great subject choice Tatiana!! thumb.gif I love shooting trees iloveyou.gif
    Gonna have to dig deep for this one!
    Jeromy
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    Light is everything in life and photography.
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 18, 2015
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    I hope you don't mind a second generation lonely tree - this is a photo of a painting I did from a photo I took in the same area as the Lonely Cypress. And I'll have to see if I can get a better photo of it.

    I find a couple more later
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Polysemaniac! Worcester, MA, USAPosts: 5,551Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 18, 2015
    My three. Great concept!

    1) Sentinel Snag, Hurricane Ridge, Olympic NF, WA.

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    2) Tree on Hoodoo, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, CAN

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    3) Grand Canyon South Rim

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    Don
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  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 18, 2015
    Beautiful painting!
    grandmaR wrote: »

    I hope you don't mind a second generation lonely tree - this is a photo of a painting I did from a photo I took in the same area as the Lonely Cypress. And I'll have to see if I can get a better photo of it.

    I find a couple more later
    Tatiana - Seeing the world through my camera
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  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 18, 2015
    Love your trees Don!
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  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Polysemaniac! Worcester, MA, USAPosts: 5,551Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 18, 2015
    travelways wrote: »
    Love your trees Don!
    Thank you! The first two are old film shots. The last from 3 years ago. I do the Canyon every 20 years, starting in '72.

    :D Don
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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 19, 2015
    grandmaR wrote: »
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    I hope you don't mind a second generation lonely tree - this is a photo of a painting I did from a photo I took in the same area as the Lonely Cypress. And I'll have to see if I can get a better photo of it.

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    This was the original photo that I did the painting from.

    Two other entries

    This was a slide film photo taken in 1960 in the Florida panhandle

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    because California isn't the only place to have lonely trees

    And this is a Lone Tree with friends - California again. Yosemite. The two kids in the photo are now 53 and 51 years old.

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    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • synaturesynature redwoodtwig Posts: 189Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 20, 2015
    Quite a few lonely trees along the missouri bottoms
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    This guy along Hwy 63 is no longer with us
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    Not really for the contest, but for those who like big trees, this link is an image I made of the record holder for Burr Oak in Missouri. It's huge, but not all that lonely since it's a regular spot for tourists and a required visit for locals. It's over on gigapan because it's huge. The camera was a Sony A900 with the 85mm prime lens; 3 rows of 4 images each stitched together.
    http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/32645
    Brandon Smith
    http://redwoodtwig.com
    Sony A900 with 1.4 85mm prime; A77, and couple other cameras floating around that see less usage. Lightroom, usually the latest version.
  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 20, 2015
    Very nice entries so far clap.gif

    I just added to the top of this page the fact that I posted this challenge on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Travelwaysphotos I hope you don't mind :)
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  • kdotaylorkdotaylor Major grins Posts: 1,263Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 21, 2015
    I love trees...nice choice, Tatiana; and wonderful photos so far! Here are mine:

    #1 Winter Trees in Minnesota
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    #2 Trees on the Oregon Coast
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    #3 Trees on the Shore of Lake Superior
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    Kate
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  • ThelensspotThelensspot Mentally grainy! Posts: 2,041Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 21, 2015
    All I can say about the entrees so far is WOW!!!!

    Here are three I could find:

    #1 Potted tree

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    #2. Tree and hayfield

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    #3. Willow trees and barn in snow

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  • matthewmcewanphotomatthewmcewanphoto Big grins Posts: 10Registered Users Big grins
    edited April 23, 2015
    Lonely Tree, Colorado
    www.matthewmcewanphoto.com

    ENJOY!

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  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 23, 2015
    OMG - this will be so, so difficult to judge... I mean not to "judge", but to choose only 3 winners!
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  • sapphire73sapphire73 Major grins PennsylvaniaPosts: 1,692Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 26, 2015
    Here are two contributions:

    1) Tree on Mount Wellington
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    2) Tree in Joshua Tree National Forest
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  • TonyCooperTonyCooper Major grins Orlando, FloridaPosts: 2,239Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 27, 2015
    #1 - Traditional Lonely Tree in black and white

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    #2 - The Florida Palmetto tree with onlookers

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    #3 - Apartment Complex

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    Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida
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  • Meta4Meta4 Major grins Posts: 200Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 27, 2015
    This one is the home page image for my Smugmug A/c

    A young Moreton Bay Fig tree in a paddock close to where I live
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    A mature Moreton Bay Fig tree just a few miles away
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    A spectacular Bottle tree growing out of a broken cliff
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  • ChrisJChrisJ Major grins Posts: 2,159Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 27, 2015
    I like trees, but I don't have too many lonely ones... Really enjoy everyone's shots, though.

    Joshua Tree
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    Acacia Tree (Film Scan)
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    Grand Tree
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    Chris
  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Posts: 387Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 30, 2015
    Dear Tatiana and all -

    I don't often contribute to these events, although I usually look through and marvel at the submissions for the latest themes, just as I have done in this one. So many amazing photos! Trees are evocative, and sustaining, yes?

    I *do* enjoy and marvel whenever I can encounter a "lonely tree", so here goes . . .

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    This is my favorite snap for your topic: whether their union was destined to be riven by lightning, or rather that the "couple" simply grew apart:

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    Eric
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  • ThelensspotThelensspot Mentally grainy! Posts: 2,041Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 1, 2015
    Chris..."Grand Tree"---> WOW! bowdown.gif
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  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 1, 2015
    Hi Everybody,

    Wonderful entries here clap.gif

    The challenge is now over and I'll come up with the results a little later today - Wow what a difficult task! headscratch.gif Don't you think we should have these results done by public vote? it will be more fun and more fair I think... rolleyes1.gif
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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 1, 2015
    Could we vote for our own photos? :)

    I heard someone say that if you were running for office and did NOT vote for yourself that no one else should either.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Polysemaniac! Worcester, MA, USAPosts: 5,551Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 1, 2015
    grandmaR wrote: »
    Could we vote for our own photos? :)

    I heard someone say that if you were running for office and did NOT vote for yourself that no one else should either.
    For the regular Dgrin Challenges that have been discontinued and were done by popular poll vote, it was alway bad form to vote for your own entry. ne_nau.gifthumb.gif

    Don
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  • TonyCooperTonyCooper Major grins Orlando, FloridaPosts: 2,239Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 1, 2015
    travelways wrote: »
    Hi Everybody,

    Wonderful entries here clap.gif

    The challenge is now over and I'll come up with the results a little later today - Wow what a difficult task! headscratch.gif Don't you think we should have these results done by public vote? it will be more fun and more fair I think... rolleyes1.gif

    No way! You get the glory of winning and choosing, but along with that you
    have the terrible responsibility of picking the next winner. It's supposed
    to difficult. Very much so in this case all the great entries.
    Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida
    http://tonycooper.smugmug.com/
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 1, 2015
    DonRicklin wrote: »
    For the regular Dgrin Challenges that have been discontinued and were done by popular poll vote, it was alway bad form to vote for your own entry. ne_nau.gifthumb.gif

    Don

    THat was a joke
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 1, 2015
    I'm a little behind my tasks - sorry for the delay.

    Please don't lose hope..... I'll get the results a little later this evening
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  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 1, 2015
    OK, here are my choices:

    First I'll give Honorable Mentions to:

    Jo West (Cavalier)
    #2 - Lone Cypress, Monterey, Ca. Probably one of the most photographed trees in California, but I still shoot it whenever possible!

    Don
    #2 Tree on Hoodoo, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, CAN


    grandmaR
    b. Lone tree with friends


    Kate
    #3 Trees on the Shore of Lake Superior


    matthewmcewanphoto
    ENJOY!

    synature
    #3

    TonyCooper
    #1 - Traditional Lonely Tree in black and white

    HM kscooper #2

    Thelensspot
    #2. Tree and hayfield


    ... and

    The Third prize goes to:

    sapphire73
    1) Tree on Mount Wellington

    The Second prize goes to:

    ChrisJ
    #2 Acacia Tree

    First prize goes to:

    Meta4
    #1 A young Moreton Bay Fig tree in a paddock close to where I live

    So Meta4 it's your turn clap.gif


    What great entries!!! clap.gifclapclap.gif
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  • ThelensspotThelensspot Mentally grainy! Posts: 2,041Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 1, 2015
    Tatiana, awesome mini-challenge and thank you for the honorable mention. wings.gif
    Congrats to Meta4 and all the others on some awesome shots! I thought the quality of the entrees for this challenge was incredible! clap.gifclap
    Thanks again Tatiana!
    "Photography is partly art and partly science. Really good photography adds discipline, sacrifice and a never ending pursuit of photographic excellence"...ziggy53

  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Polysemaniac! Worcester, MA, USAPosts: 5,551Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 2, 2015
    Tatiana, thank you for the honorable mention. :D

    Meta4: good one! It has a painterly look to it. thumb.gif

    Don
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