The Lone Tree by Bake Oven Knob

Taken 3/26/11

After a nice couple miles of running, I realized my summer is coming to an end.  Come next week, I will be on my 6th class for my MBA, and half way there!  I don’t know how much I will be posting, because I am going into this class full steam ahead.  Also, I will have a new camera soon and I will be spending all my free time trying to figure out everything on it.  It’s been a long time coming for a new camera.

This post isn’t about my personal life though, but about the above picture.  The picture that I hold close to me as one of my favorite.  The picture of the lone tree that is misshaped and sticks out compared to other trees.  The picture of the tree that almost looks like it has a hand reaching out to someone not there.  The picture that I took by accident.

To start, my friend and I decided to go explore Bake Oven Knob.  I was suggested to go to this place by a co-worker at my previous job.  He mentioned it was an easy hike to the top and the view was breath taking.

Of course it is hard to get the exact directions because there are no street numbers while traveling to Bake Oven Knob.  It was only natural, even with a GPS, that my friend and I got lost getting to our destination.  We eventually found Bake Oven Knob and my fellow co-worker wasn’t kidding.  It is a very beautiful place to go to and just get away from the busy work life.  You almost feel like a God looking down on everything passing by.

This picture isn’t on Bake Oven Knob though.  Actually I can’t even remember where the exact location this picture was taken at.  After my friend and I started to go home, we got lost once again.  I remember being on a 2 lane road and having to stop.  I saw the tree out the corner of my eye and thought that it looked different.  I pulled to the side of the road, or what little bit of the side of the road there was, and ran to the other side.

I only took pictures of this tree and nothing else.  All I kept thinking was this tree is just out of place.  After a couple of shots, we ran back to my car and drove on our merry way.

Once I started to upload the pictures, I realized this picture would look better in black and white.  When I took the picture I didn’t notice the cloud formation above.  In black and white, the clouds add so much more to the picture.  It almost looks like they are moving with the tree.  It is by luck that I was able to snap this picture; all the elements are there to make this picture moment one of a kind.

When I study this photo, the only thing I think of is loneliness, but not complete loneliness.  Obviously there are other trees and objects, but the tree’s shape makes it one of a kind.  I don’t think I have ever seen another tree like it, or will ever see another tree like it.  It is forever left standing there reaching out for something that it will never grab a hold of.

Map to Bake Oven Knob: http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGN129-021

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