Bob Belas Photography Blog

The Abandoned Tree

Abandoned Tree, b/w

I often pass by a lone, but elegant and stately tree that sits in a field that must have once been a site for a housing development of some sort or other. There is evidence of paved driveways, power lines that lead seemingly nowhere, some vestiges of past dwellings that have since undergone decay, and many shrubs and other small bushes that suggest ecological succession from a cleared field, but there is only one large tree. The tree in this photograph. It sits all alone in this field, and I must confess that I think it is magnificent in its stoicism. I guess it's an oak, but I don't know what type. (I'll say I think it may be a post oak.) I sincerely hope it lives for many, many more years. It is an absolute beauty. (I apologize for being something of a romantic.)

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