Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective


Whilst I was out today I spotted this lone tree standing in a field.

Tree

Highlighted against the blue sky and with no foliage it looked quite stark. But you have to get the whole picture (excuse the pun here) to appreciate this tree.

Our eye must constantly measure, evaluate. We alter our perspective by a slight bending of the knees; we convey the chance meeting of lines by a simple shifting of our heads a thousandth of an inch…. We compose almost at the same time we press the shutter, and in placing the camera closer or farther from the subject, we shape the details – taming or being tamed by them. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Right next to the tree was a field of commercially grown daffodils which are the national flower of Wales. By zooming out and kneeling down I was able to bring the daffodils into the scene, adding some colour to an otherwise dull photograph.

Lone Tree and Daffodils

In Welsh the daffodil is known as “Peter’s Leek“, cenhinen Bedr or cenin Pedr) and it traditional to wear a daffodil or a leek on Saint David’s Day (March 1).

What about the leek? Well, according to legend, Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, ordered his Welsh soldiers to identify themselves by wearing leeks on their helmets in an ancient battle against the Saxons that took place in a leek field.

 

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6 comments

  1. petspeopleandlife

    Beutiful pic of the tree alone and then with the flowers. A nice symbol for Wales to have the daffodil as the national flower. I really like both photos since the treee so pretty. I like the beauty of the tree without leaves.

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    • Mike Hardisty

      We’re starting to see signs of spring here Yvonne. Snowdrops have started to blossom and I can see signs of new buds on our apple and pear trees……and always a good indicator, the gulls have started nest building.

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