A blessed little tree

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© Mike Olbinski
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I’m not sure how to describe or talk about this photo. I was driving to Grand Falls and the sunlight was really streaming down through the clouds like some archangel was descending in a rage of glory. I saw only two trees on the 10 mile dirt road and this was one of them (if you can call that thing a tree…but it was the closest thing to one anywhere around). I was eying it from about a quarter mile away because it clearly visible sitting atop this little hill.

As I got closer, it was just magic that somehow these rays of sunlight seemed to be casting all their power on this little tree. At least, that’s how I saw it in my mind.

I think as far as my photography goes with landscapes and HDR and all that jazz, this is more abstract and a little bit religious for me? I am not sure why…but that’s what I feel when I look at it.

22 responses

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (19 May 2010):

    The rays of light are amazing!

  • prof1120

    prof1120 (Deleted) gave props (19 May 2010):

    Nice work, Mike.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (19 May 2010):

    I have missed seeing your beautiful work! I'm finally starting to catch up on comments after my vacation. This one is a wonder--exactly as you described--a touch of magic! Beautifully captured. I can see why you were in awe when you came upon it.

  • John Linton

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  • Llorenç Rosanes

    Llorenç Rosanes (Deleted) gave props (19 May 2010):

    Terrific sky! Terrific light!

  • Angel Warda

    Angel Warda gave props (19 May 2010):

    wow & wow & wow!

  • Mig

    Mig said (19 May 2010):

    commissioned by God

  • Nabeel Alam

    Nabeel Alam gave props (20 May 2010):

    Awesome shot!

  • Markus Ertl

    Markus Ertl gave props (20 May 2010):

    would appear in black&white awesome too!

  • jen bellefleur

    jen bellefleur gave props (20 May 2010):

    simply glorious.

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (20 May 2010):

    For someone just starting out you have an exceptional eye...great work

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (20 May 2010):

    Wow, I love this!

  • mean MR mustard

    mean MR mustard (Deleted) gave props (20 May 2010):

    amazing shot! brilliant... it really does feel like a religious experience!

  • herman vandecauter

    herman vandecauter (Deleted) gave props (21 May 2010):

    Wow que bonito!

  • Fabiola Alvarez

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  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (23 May 2010):

    A very moving scene. Great shot!

  • stalker 1

    stalker 1 (Deleted) said (8 Jun 2010):

    thank you

  • Anne Worner

    Anne Worner (Deleted) gave props (12 Jun 2010):

    This is wonderful light, and I adore that tree. In Northern Norway I saw light like this, and it is amazing. Do you have an entry in Solitude?

  • John Keating

    John Keating gave props (20 Jun 2010):

    Great shot! As was said on an earlier shot, your narratives pull is right into the picture as if we were there with you. You do a wonderful job in both areas!

  • Nancy Severance

    Nancy Severance said (22 Jun 2010):

    This is wonderfully done! I almost thought this was b/w at first, but I'm lovin the little bits of color here and there

  • Ahmed Shamsi

    Ahmed Shamsi gave props (16 Jul 2010):

    amazing shot bro!

  • Dennis Perry

    Dennis Perry (Deleted) gave props (7 Oct 2012):

    Amazing work.

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