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June 2009: A weatherbeaten tree on a winding, single-track road over the hills past many a lonely croft and farm on the isle of Islay. The wind and weather have battered that tree over the years but not beaten it into submission.

Update June 2013: Sadly, this tree succumbed to the winds after all. When I passed here recently there were just a few broken branches and roots left.

Nikon D200, Sigma 18-200mm F/3,5-6,3G, 31mm, F/9, 1/500s, ISO 200, RAW capture
Location: Islay, Scotland, UK, Latitude: N 55°48,080’ (55°48’4,8"), Longitude: W 6°17,890’ (6°17’53,4")

Music by Capercaillie – The Tree

Homepage Feature on 02.12.2009

Challenge Winner in The Hard Side of Scotland

Group Features in
You got it, we want it, All Things Photographic
Just Fun
You Got It We Want it
International Women’s Photography
British Artists
Absolute Clarity
Nikon Users,
The Black and White Enthusiast
Tone it Down! (twice!)
Northern Landscape
One Tree at a Time
Highland & Islands Photographers


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Born in Scotland, at home in Europe, I am a passionate semi-professional photographer with eclectic tastes who loves to travel and capture images of our beautiful world. Check out my gallery or contact me directly for contract work or customization.
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  • Stuart  Fellowes
    Stuart Fellowesabout 5 years ago

    Lovely shot Kasia. It would take more than hard wind, weather and life to get the better of a Scottish tree!!!!!

  • Stuart, thank you! Aye, the trees fair have to be tough:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariabout 5 years ago

    That is one tough tree, aye? It will probably still be standing after we have gone back to dust! :)

  • Vicki, you are so right there. It looks wee and frail but is really a tough survivor. Like the Scots – wherever they or their genes may be :-)

    – Kasia-D

  • Richard Ion
    Richard Ionabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful mono photograph Kasia.

  • Thank you, Richard, I’ve got hooked on mono recently – the influence of such great work here in RB.

    – Kasia-D

  • savosave
    savosaveabout 5 years ago

    bleak and brilliant!

  • Thank you, David!

    – Kasia-D

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 5 years ago

    Superb,a brilliant b&w capture!

  • Thank you very much, I’m pleased you like the results.

    – Kasia-D

  • Pat Duggan
    Pat Dugganabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot——great cloud formation—-Bet it gets rather windy out there—very good work-Kasia,!!!

  • Pat, thank you for your kind comment. Much appreciated. It was fine that day but I’m SURE it gets rather windy a lot of the time:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • Andrew Leighton
    Andrew Leightonalmost 5 years ago

    Looks superb in b+w, nice one!

  • Andrew, thank you! Much appreciated, as I’m still new to world of b&w and experimenting.

    – Kasia-D

  • nordicsoul
    nordicsoulalmost 5 years ago

    congrats! your work is featured in Northern Landscape group!!!

  • I’m afraid I missed this somehow so a belated thank you very much!! Kasia

    – Kasia-D

  • Larry  Grayam
    Larry Grayamalmost 5 years ago

    #Congratulations on your creativity and being featured.

  • Larry, what a great accolade and surprise! I am extremely honoured to have this shot featured in this group. Thank you! Kasia

    – Kasia-D

  • Larry, I’m a wee bit confused – when I went to check the features a few minutes ago this photo is no longer there. Are the features only up for a few hours at time? Cheers, K

    – Kasia-D

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful!! Love the composition and the beautiful sky!

  • Laurie, thank you very much for your kind comment and fave!

    – Kasia-D

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