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Olive tree, Calig

by Rob Matheson

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ancient olive groves remain in some parts of spain. there are laws against their covert (and nocturnal) removal and relocation, to private and hotel land chiefly in spain and france. who can mount a nightly vigil in these, often remote, treasure gardens? of course it's impossible. many of these trees, now well into their second millenium, are enjoying well-earned retirement but i fear that this photograph may eventually become a poignant document of a vanished past. (2009 update: the trees are gone, the whole plantation) this is my most popular image to date, but i seriously considered it's selection; it seemed too obvious and pretty. this was a case of a photographer too disposed to reject out of hand the merest hint of facile picture-making instead of accepting the validity of a strong, simple image suffused, critically, with radiant sunlight... old olive tree and grasses backlit through leaves... calig, valencia, spain... keywords:black and white, b/w, horizontal image, strong, strength, dependable, gnarled, central subject, magical, heavenly, backlit, diaphanous, leaves, tree, tree trunk, branches, age, age old, old, ancient, single tree, nature, natural, dependable, leafy, light, grasses, wood, permanence,  

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 Olive tree, Calig