A Holdout by Judy Wanamaker

Several decades ago, a dam was built on the Withlacoochee River in Citrus County, Florida. It caused a large area to flood, and formed Lake Rousseau. There were many trees that became partially submerged in the flood, and over the years, many have rotted away beneath the surface of the water. Some still hold onto life, especially the cypress trees. This one stubbornly clings to life season after season. Here it is on Dec. 31, 2010. Canon Powershot sx30IS.

A Florida native, I enjoy taking photos of the natural beauty around me. Photography is a wonderful way to preserve the memories of that beauty. My family is also my passion, and I enjoy recording the things we do together. Strictly a hobbyist, I have won a few contests, and have been published within the state several times. Sharing these photos with friends who share theirs with me is a most gratifying and lovely experience.

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  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 4 years ago

    I love the Name of that River!!! cracked me up first time I saw the sign… GREAT CAPTURE here Judy. Love the POV… :)))) xxxx

  • Thanks, Cookie! There are so many trees under the surface that we had to keep the boat right in the channel. I thought this survivor has kept its beauty in spite of the battle it has to live.

    – Judy Wanamaker

  • GregTS
    GregTSover 4 years ago

    Judy, Great catch & composition! Wonderful photo!!

  • Thanks so much, Greg!

    – Judy Wanamaker

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 4 years ago

    Very nice capture Judy,…Don`t cypress tree`s like alot of water,..

  • Thanks so much, John! Yes, they grow around the water, but usually in places that are not always under water. This poor tree is always in water.

    – Judy Wanamaker

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 4 years ago

    Nature certainly teaches us a few lessons on survival!

  • It certainly does, Al! This little tree has had its roots under water for several decades.

    – Judy Wanamaker

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Great shot of one of nature’s survivors!

  • Thanks, Trish! There are so many trees like this one in that lake.

    – Judy Wanamaker

  • Tarolino
    Tarolinoover 4 years ago

    Poor old tree. But sure it has the will to live on. Great capture.

  • Thanks so much Tarolino! I appreciate your comment!

    – Judy Wanamaker

  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture Judy!

  • Thanks so much, Istvan! I am glad you like it.

    – Judy Wanamaker

  • Deborah Downes
    Deborah Downesover 4 years ago

    That is quite a name for that river. Wonderful capture, Judy. Really love the layers and that tree clinging to life.

  • Thanks, Deb! I felt a poignancy when I saw this and other trees slowly dying, and taking decades to do it.

    – Judy Wanamaker

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