I really do love these old, gnarled trees as photography subjects. I admire their tenacity in surviving such a harsh environment like this one on the open slope of Vermont’s highest mountain. Their character, texture and color are all amazing but to me they add a certain something when combined with the surrounding environment. This old tree gets blasted by some really harsh weather and yet year after year it is always here, A guard standing watch of sorts.
This particular tree is right about at the end of the treeline on Mount Mansfield about 3/4 of the way to the top. I just happened to turn around to check out the view here and this tree really popped out of the scenery. I was lucky enough to have this bank of clouds rolling through the area to add some interest to the image. From this point you can see all of Mount Mansfield and the Champlain Valley all the way to Lake Champlain and Burlington where I live. I could use some feedback on this one…I really liked the composition here but I wasn’t sure if there was any drama or anything compelling about this image.