One Naked Tree by Gene Walls

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Like a pair of white tennis shoes at a black tie event…

All of the other guests are dressed in their most colorful evening finery.

This site has interested me for years as I drive past. Every fall, the large birch tree looses its leaves earlier than the other trees in the forest at the edge of the field. I have returned to photograph this same image many times over the years, waiting for just the right weather conditions and light.

This is the farming community of Rose Valley in north central Pennsylvania, USA. The image was captured from Rose Valley Road, near the junction with Trout Run Mountain Road, 5 miles east of the town of Trout Run.

This photo was taken on October 23rd from about 300 yards from the tree line. It was shot with a Canon EOS 10D using a Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L zoom lens set to 120mm. The shutter speed was 1/20th sec. and the aperture was f/6.7. The camera’s ISO was set to 400

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2009 Gene Walls

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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  • richman
    richmanalmost 6 years ago

    wow, that is a lovely array of colours!, very striking

  • Thank you very much!


    – Gene Walls

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful colors!!:D

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Thanks a bunch, Cee!

    My best,


    – Gene Walls

  • Steven  Siow
    Steven Siowalmost 5 years ago

    Good eye.

  • Thank you very much, Steven!

    Best regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 4 years ago

    Beautiful photo! This would be perfect for the Odd One Out group.

  • Thank you very much …for your very kind comment AND your excellent group suggestion! I’ll go there right away.

    Best regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You are a TOP TEN winner in the Tree or Trees challenge in Cee’s Fun Artsy Friends Group.

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • This is fantastic new, Cee! Wonderful, wonderful!

    Most gratefully,


    – Gene Walls

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    So beautiful- Congratulations !

  • Thanks a bunch, Rosie!

    Much appreciated,


    – Gene Walls

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful! Please consider submitting this to The Best of Red Bubble…Digital Art and Photography.

  • It would be my pleasure to do that …consider it done.

    Best regards,


    – Gene Walls

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignabout 4 years ago

  • Totally my pleasure! Thanks!

    – Gene Walls

  • icesrun
    icesrunabout 4 years ago

    Wonder what the reason for that one tree being bare first?? Okay you captured a beautiful picture here with wonderful colors!!

  • Thanks, Ciana! I don’t know why, but it is always the first tree to go bare every fall. I have photographed this tree for the last three years in a row, and I plan go back again soon. I’ve been waiting for the perfect time and light to get a really special photo of this spot.

    All my best,


    – Gene Walls

  • loiteke
  • Thanks, Meeli! Glad to do it!


    – Gene Walls

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