Pictured here is a solitary tree that stands at the top of a hill outside the Co Meath village of Kiltale.
Kiltale itself is a tiny rural area, and the village as such consists really of the local church and school, with a scattering of houses around it. Its population is only 300. Its main claim to fame is that it is home to the European Union Food and Veterinary Offices and a huge beef research center.
I posted another shot of this tree recently, but this one is taken from the other direction. I pass this tree every day on the way to and from work (this is the angle I see coming home) and when the sun creates a good spectacle behind it, I cant help but stop and take a snap. I've admired this little lonely tree for years.
Thanks for looking
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krzychu30 (15512) 2014-04-05 8:53
just a lonely tree and light spectacle create by the sun and clouds.Simple,yet so evocative and beautiful.
The scene has really unique and for me kind of mysterious atmosphere.
Itīs a pleasure to see how excellently you used here not only the light,but also the landscape to create such expressive effect.
Wish You a nice weekend
lousat (96771) 2014-04-05 9:03
Hi Noel,backlight pics are you passion and this is another spectacular example,a simple and minimalistic composition,but made in the best moment and with a great perspective and exposure,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-05 9:08
una immagine fatta solo ieri e che sembra mostrare che la primavera č ancora lontana in questa parte dell'Irlanda.
Il cielo cupo, il sole che appena si intravede tra le nuvole ed una leggera bruna che copre il terreno fanno ancora pensare all'inverno, ma l'immagine, al di lā della stagione e delle apparenze, č fortemente suggestiva e romantica.
Otytima la gestione della luce e composizione perfetta.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
rogerl (1632) 2014-04-05 10:45
Noel, I do love this kind of shot. It's just so evocative and so lonely. The dramatic backlight works well here. Thanks.
cornejo (46094) 2014-04-05 11:31
Hi Noel, very good picture of this lone tree on a beautiful backlit with nice sun between clouds, beautifully captured in this interesting image with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and good Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
tenretin (2657) 2014-04-05 15:01
Nice picture somewhat abstract and yet talking. It is resolutely a beautiful image of the input at the right time campaign.
Thank you for sharing.
omid266 (6750) 2014-04-05 20:29
Hi Noel ,
another excellent image from beautiful landscape , this is really interesting that you every day visit to this lonely and lovely tree,
Very well done , all the Best and Thanks for sharing this art work,
Good News , Adieu
jcpix (13930) 2014-04-05 21:26
I think you've provided this solitary tree with plenty of friendship here on TE, it shouldn't feel neglected or lonely in the least. Not only here on these pages, but your presence twice a day must mean something to this old fella'. :)
I always like a good minimal, surrealist type of scene...there's just something about the lack of anything distracting that speaks loudly. You should do a 365 day documentary of this tree, I bet that would be fun to see the slow transformation between seasons. Of course, that's banking on the idea of stopping each and every day...even the weekends. Hmmm, never mind, scratch that thought. :)
It's subtle, but there's a hint of magic in that light...almost like it's actually a cloud...or an opening for a spaceship to jump through. Work is one thing to deal with, getting probed is another...yeah, don't make that stop...you never know what might occur on a given day!? Keep the camera handy though, you might get the shot of a lifetime! This one's no slouch though, you captured a beautiful moment of light and hint of mystery. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Take it easy.
Cheers from over yonder,
jemaflor (102261) 2014-04-05 23:47
Beautiful view with this composition with this lonely tree and this so beautiful ray of light, well capture this strong contrast of light, well made.
mirosu (16273) 2014-04-06 0:51
Your photo creativity is impressing very much. With simple content you have produced an excellent image. Excellent exposing for the sky has nicely captured the colors and light of the sky and superb silhouette of the tree.
Very well done.
Wish you a nice Sunday.
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-04-06 1:08
very pretty view in its serene mood. I like simplicity of the scene in here as well as the beautiful light which adds so much charm to the image. Well placed lonely tree and nicely proportioned framing.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day
snunney (105543) 2014-04-06 2:20
A captivating and moody composition. A minimalist image but one carefully conceived to extract the maximum impact from the scene. Have a great Sunday.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-06 3:32
now I would not have imagined you were a tree hugger, but this little one looks like it deserves one ;-). There is something sad and yet appealing about winter trees and this shot captures that mood so exquisitely. The light and way you have presented this is so effective and beautifully artistic, just the right amount of sky and perfectly placed subject that makes it all work so appealingly. Well done.
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
Schnappilic (9692) 2014-04-06 7:23
Congratulations for this superb frame with dramatic atmosphere!
willperrett (11760) 2014-04-06 13:41
Interestingly minimalist shot from you this time around: I like it! The strong thirdsy composition, giving emphasis to the sky, works well, and of course the tree is also significantly placed in the frame. Nice one.
photoray (13981) 2014-04-06 15:41
Fine atmospheric minimalist scene with the elderly tree positioned on the horizon line, surrounded with darkness except for the single glow breaking through.
COSTANTINO (68924) 2014-04-07 13:36
simple minimalistic shot perfectly executed
the lonely tree create a mysterious mood
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-04-11 13:24
A minimalist shot of this lone tree with this super light behind .
Great colours, love the mood, looks like a painting, well done.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-04-11 13:57
Noel, this composition is very poetic and very beautiful!! the rural country offers the most spectacular photographic moments and it is always exciting to experience them!
great photography as this is your trademark!!
thank you kindly for visiting me, I really appreciate it!!
Indrasish (2943) 2014-04-23 2:12
Excellent shot here.. I like the composition with this lonely tree and the dramatic sky.. I also like the vertical framing.. Here the sun creates the original mood.. And thanks for your interesting note.. Very well done..
Good afternoon and best wishes from Kolkata..
Curious_Eye (1320) 2014-06-04 5:28
How lucky to witness this bright opening in the sky against the barren landscape and with a lone tree on the horizon! A spectacular capture. It must be a very nice walk home.
All the best,
CLODO (35616) 2014-07-30 1:55
amazing ray of sun peering through the grey clouds and leading the viewer eye on the lonely bare tree. Image full of nostalgia.
iainsp (3296) 2017-01-17 10:55
In this case, familiarity has built the ability to recognise when an everyday sight is particularly beautiful - it is a rare skill to look beyond the quotidian and capture such a stunning shot. Another of your works that would probably look amazing enlarged to a few metres of length on the longest side. Nice work, Iain.