Saturday, December 25, 2010

Five Years With The Old Tree

That Old Tree

That old tree (Dec 25, 2005)

It was on this day five years ago (second photo), that I started my That Old Tree project. After eating a little too much Christmas dinner I decided to go for a walk and ended up on a path that led down to a tree clad hill. Despite living in Tungelsta nearly all my life it was only the second time I had been here. Little did I know about the feedback this visit would generate from around the world. For one year I took a photo of the tree once a week for a flickr group. When the year was up I decided to stop, but I was quickly told by photographers from around the globe that I would have to continue with my documentation of the Swedish Whitebeam. When I started posting photos of the tree at this blog I quickly realised that the City Daily Photo community people also liked the tree. So here it is again on the five year anniversary. I had to walk through deep snow to get to the tree this time, so it was a good workout.

22 comments:

Paul said...

Lovely old tree, this is a great idea for a series of photos and long may it continue.
Happy Christmas Steffe.

Jude said...

I've shared the photos of the old tree with many people. I never tire of seeing another photo. It's like a special gift that you've given the world (along with the rest of the blog, of course). Thanks, Steffe, for these photos.

Jacob said...

Love the old tree, as you know! And I really like the one of you behind the Guinness glass!

Have a very Merry holiday!

Dan said...

Love the image, but love the Guinnes more. I am having a Spaten Optimator myself right now. Enjoy and Merry Christmas to you and your family

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Like merging from the sea of snow..
beautiful.
祝你圣诞快乐 !

Randy said...

I have a tree that I love and photograph when I travel between Santa Fe and Taos. I hope to see more of your tree in the future. Wishing you all the joy and peace of the season.

John said...

Isn't it strange what 'clicks' with people? It's a great way to show how time moves on and yet in some ways, stands still. I still have Christmas lunch to come, but may sleep it off.

Julie said...

It is a lovely project, Steffe. I have hunted around my local area over the last couple of years to find something comparable, but our seasons do not change sufficiently. Beside, who can top the master!!

Merry Christmas to you and yours and may you continue to document the tree through time.

VP said...

I do like this tree and I care for it. Thanks for another great photo.
Happy Christmas to you and your family

Frank de Jol said...

An ingenious idea and a great present-day set.

Sharon Creech said...

Hello, beautiful old tree, and Merry Christmas to you, Steffe.

Luis Gomez said...

Beautiful Steffe! What a great relationship.

brattcat said...

Thank you for beginning this exploration, thank you for continuing it. I don't know why this tree has a way of touching us all but it does. Have a lovely holiday.

Umepojk i Mason, Ohio said...

God Jul! Hur ser trädet ser ut från andra sidan?

Sharon said...

Have a wonderful holiday Steffe! I sure love that old tree!

raskolniikov said...

i like your 'that old tree' project. out of these two photos, i am undecided as to which i prefer as they are both good.

Anton Olsen said...

Thank you Steffe, I remember when you posted the first picture of the tree. I have enjoyed reading about the occasional stranger that you meet there and seeing the tree change over the seasons.

RedPat said...

Like everyone else, I too love the old tree - thanks for today's shot! Merry Christmas & God Jul Steffe!

Halcyon said...

Merry Christmas to you and greetings to THat Old Tree. I always enjoy seeing it. :)

JVK said...

I'm always happy to see this tree!

(Much better than my old shed.)

Jack said...

Your tree project is wonderful. Keep it up. I don't think I will mimic it. Though, I do find myself walking around Elizabeth park and its rose garden frequently. I self-censor myself from posting what seem to me to be repetitive photos, but maybe you will embolden me.

Jilly said...

This is always a wonderful series,Steffe. I can't remember if I told you but at PhotoMenton in November (there were 120 photographers) one photographer had done something similar. 12 shots of the same tree taken from different angles and of course at different times of the year and in different lighting situations/day/night. I wouldn't be surprised if he wasn't inspired by your work on this tree which is always magnificent.