Good Morning Everyone,
We have had some violent storms this winter with lots of thunder, rain and hailstones.
As we walked along the banks of the River Tees, some of the damage caused by the storms was evident. Stones and debris had been deposited high on the banks and this tree had lost a couple of huge branches. It is not surprising, when you see the size of the branches, and you estimate their weight, that they cause tremendous damage if they land on cars or buildings.
I asked my friend to stand by the tree to help create a sense of scale.
On the positive side, the tree will recover. It was already showing signs of spring buds and the dead branches ... well, they will create valuable homes for insects and small mammals.
Have a lovely day,
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tyro (21184) 2014-03-14 2:29
Well this picture certainly does give us a good glimpse of the aftermath of the dreadful storms, wind and rain we've had this winter what with the huge broken limb of this tree lying fallen on the ground. But, on the funny side, it does look a bit like your friend is being shashed between the two! Still, she's smiling so I presume that all is well with her.
And how nice to see some glorious sunshine for a change! Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and, as always, excellent details and sharpness.
SnapRJW (31623) 2014-03-14 2:51
Hello Bev - A good record of the storm damage. I like your note and positive spin on the 'broken' tree. Pretty light and a composition that uses the fallen branch as a strong element.
Have a good weekend, I hope the weather is as good as it is in this shot
Nicou (126448) 2014-03-14 3:24
dommage pour cette branche qui a rompu il a l'air très âgé cet arbres et avec les intéempéries de cette année les branches ont cassée quelle vue il es timmense sueprbe.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-14 3:42
a scene that is probably repeated across this green and pleasant land of ours. There are a lot of trees laying prone like this around my locality. Nature's powers of recovery are slow but always remarkable and obviously evident here in this superbly constructed image. Nice sense of scale too!
Enjoy your weekend - B.
RockinJim (20) 2014-03-14 3:57
Well you are certainly Branching out Bev,
Love the Colours & the Angle,
As your friend looks Jammed In.
But I'm sure she is Okay
subhendu_bagchi (25935) 2014-03-14 4:17
namaste, it is just excellent. Love your composition. Love the rich colours. You achieved a nice depth and sharpness here in this perfectly exposed image. Superb work. Tfs.
snunney (87420) 2014-03-14 4:44
A fine well presented documentary image. It is good to know that many of these tress will recover despite the storm damage.
You are right about the mayor being all powerful in French community life, nothing important really happens without their say so. Amazing to think there are some thirty thousand of them along with a similar number of town halls!
Sergiom (64117) 2014-03-14 5:40
Il était vraiment immense cet arbre avant de commencer à perdre ses morceaux. Une bonne idée de nous donner une relation dimensionnelle. On voit que le printemps est bien installé.
mkamionka (31527) 2014-03-14 9:39
so you were recently so close and you didn't tell me! Well my daughter was and actually still is sick since a week so I am not very flexible anyway, but let me know next time!
Beautiful natural scene. The fallen tree makes an original foreground. I like the natural colors with great sky.
Very well done!
Noel_Byrne (26121) 2014-03-14 11:16
Great idea on the sense of scale, this tree is HUGE! A fitting tribute to the storms of the past few months, which has caused such destruction, even though its hard to believe when we see the smiling face and blue sky here. Nice angle too, I like how the broken limb reaches out of the scene, almost as if appealing for help.
All the best
holmertz (43293) 2014-03-14 11:34
I guess the rules don't say anything about showing friends. Just family members and pets are not allowed :-). This picture certainly needed your friend to be fully grasped. We can see the dimensions of the collapsed branches and realize the scale of the damage. It's an interesting photo with a good note, and in spite of the bad winter you have had - obviously much worse than in Sweden - spring nevertheless seems to have advanced a lot further than here.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-14 12:00
A fine photo in nice light showing the devastation cause by natural elements. Like the POV and angle to accentuate the length and girth of the tree branch. Good idea to include your friend to provide sense of scale. It is great to hear that the tree is recovering. They are much stronger than us :) Good one, thanks for sharing.
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-03-14 14:03
This is a finely composed photograph with beautiful depth. The colours are natural and attractive.
The damage to the great tree is evident and is not a happy sight but of course there are hints of recovery and even the fallen branches will support the cycle of life as you have mentioned in your excellent note.
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
jurek1951 (42190) 2014-03-14 23:06
Beautiful tree photograph with fantastic lights and composition.
emka (82718) 2014-03-14 23:58
You had really bad weather and how sad is to see these mighty trees fallen down. Hopefully the tree will find anough strenght to recover. Luckily the heavy branches didn't damage any car or killed someone. Inspite of sad content, nice shot.
WArm regrads MAlgo
COSTANTINO (57993) 2014-03-17 7:24
Hello dear friend
The shot says too much about the sudden
storms this tree had lost a couple of
huge branches I am really suprised
seeing the size of tree s branches
lets hope that the spring will arrive
have a nice even ing
willperrett (7688) 2014-03-17 12:12
Sensible move to include your friend in the shot. The wide angle has emphasized the size of the fallen branches: in fact they look huge! But at least you haven't recorded the floods - I guess they were mainly a Southern phenomenon. I'm sure you've seen some of Ann's recent postings.
mesutilgim (87410) 2014-03-17 12:48
I missed this wonderfull capture with great symbolic value !
TFS and best regards
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (31893)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-10
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX, 62 mm HOYA Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-14 1:48