The lifeless tree

It’s amazing how attached you get to a tree. I’m a lover of trees and woodland and really need to spend more time photographing them. A misty woodland can be a dream. Any way, that’s not what this blog is about.

There is a tree, to look at, it’s a dead, lifeless tree and I have passed it many, many times. It’s on the east side of Ullswater just off the road to Martindale, one of my favourite places in the Lakes. The tree has stood dead for as long as I can remember, proud as punch with all its limbs in tact, taking pride of place in a field with a few Herdy’s for company. When the rain comes its often surrounded by water due to flooding and, as I whizz by you get a glance of a reflection, I’ve said countless times that I really need to get a shot of that.

Well, back in March 2018 I happened to be heading to Martindale to give Percy Pup a swim and as I passed the lifeless tree the conditions were near perfect. The tree, surrounded by water no wind and a touch of mist. Today was the day that I pull up, set up my gear and get the shot I kept telling myself to get. Out came the gear, through the gate I went and I started to study my composition, it was fairly simple to be fair, it was the tree and it’s reflection and hopefully some mist. Out came the tripod and on went the camera with the 24-70mm lens and a couple ND Grad filters to hold back the bright clouds. After taking a few images I settled on this one

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I continued to pass this tree on my many journey’s to and from Martindale and I always thought to myself that I needed to capture some more images of this awesome structure of a tree in all the seasons and the many different conditions presented to us in the Lakes.

Imagine my absolute horror when on my journey to Martindale on the 14th January this year I neared The Lifeless Tree and was presented with this devastation

I honestly could not believe my eyes, I genuinely felt sick. I instantly pulled up and wandered in to the field to have a look and try to gain some understanding as to why this beautiful natural structure was no more


I realise it was dead but it was a fine example of natures architecture and such a beautiful specimen. The fact that throughout the green seasons it wasn’t covered in lush green leaves mean’t that you could still see all its limbs pointing in all different directions, standing tall and standing its ground against all that the weather and nature could throw at it to find itself finally brought down by the hand of Man

I’m just glad that I managed to get an image of it before this Lifeless Tree met it’s final end!

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