The title of today’s image is both literal and metaphorical. This tree is located at Avebury Stone Circle in Wiltshire, England. It is a massive neolithic Henge complex, constructed in about 2600BC originally comprising of 3 stone circles (2 smaller circles enclosed within a larger circle) which is surrounded by a henge (bank and ditch) some 420 meters across with the ditch being 11 meters deep.
This tree straddles the bank or henge, near the southern entrance, it’s roots reaching deep into the ditch. The tree itself is massive and ancient but a mere sapling compared to the age of the henge.
The metaphorical allusion in the title relates to the time of my first tender steps into photography, or rather serious steps into the art. I had visited Avebury a few times as a youth, living at the time nearby. Part of my Photography exam was to shoot a single roll of Kodachrome in a single day, the subjects stipulated were not filling me with joy, until I noticed “Man made objects in a natural environment”. This simple sentence, seemed to fly from the page together with images of sunrise over the stone circle.
That was my first real moment of connection to an image, of feeling an emotional attachment instead of a pursuit of technique. I have returned many times since, always managing to find something new. This image was from Summer 07 and has sat on the hard drive until now.
This was shot as a single JPEG, I processed in NIK HDR Effex before making minor adjustments in Photoshop.