When I lived over in Cheshire, in fact about 16 miles out of Manchester, I was not too far from Lyme Park. A National Trust estate famed mostly for the house, and the large herds of red and fallow deer that roam free on the estate – as well as its starring role in Pride and Prejudice.
There’s a tree – I’m not sure what kind, (maybe a Maple?) but it’s a great shape. Every time I went over there, I photographed it. From all angles, and at all times of day – sunrise, sunset, bad weather, good weather. Different cameras, different light, different viewpoints.
While in the midst of shooting this tree (again) during the Red Deer rut, a cyclist stopped next to me. He gets off his bike, looks at all the gear I have spread around (I was shooting deer really don’t forget), gets out his little pocket camera – takes one shot, and rides away – with me staring after him,
I watch him go, and I think that I’ve been looking at, and shooting this tree over the years. He’s taken one shot, and I think he’s probably happy with it. I wonder if he’s happier with that one photo, than I’ve been after 2 years of messing……. I’d love to know.
Here’s my version of “That Tree”….