Struggle for Life

Posted by Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 30 September 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

A pine tree on the coast of NW England slowly being overwhelmed by drifting sand dunes.

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Mirko Herzner from Germany

One word: STUNNING! I love the simplicity and strong message in this shot. The shadow adds another amazing detail.

30 Sep 2009 6:04am

@Mirko Herzner: Thanks Mirko!

yz from Budapest, Hungary

beautiful and dramatic
so much dynamism in a lone tree

30 Sep 2009 6:09am

@yz: Thanks yz!

Mangesh from Tokyo, Japan


30 Sep 2009 6:38am

@Mangesh: Thanks Mangesh!

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Wonderful light and composition Ian...the shadow is lovely!

30 Sep 2009 6:48am

Babzy from Besançon, France

Great image !

30 Sep 2009 6:55am

Mike from Lichfield, United Kingdom

A lovely shot Ian. no prizes here for guessing which way the wind primarily blows here. Where about is this area of sand dunes in the north west?

30 Sep 2009 7:00am

@Mike: Thanks Mike....this is from the area of the coast just north of Formby!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan


30 Sep 2009 7:20am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

beautiful old tree and composition ! excellent monochrome with superb light !

30 Sep 2009 7:49am

LM from Aix en Provence, France

VERY nice shot, all in simplicity. well done

30 Sep 2009 8:39am

gavin hart from Gold Coast, Australia

Wow, what a find! Love this windblown tree and it's inclination is echoed by those in the grove of trees in the background. Beautiful b&w photo.

30 Sep 2009 9:47am

Hoshisato from Ealing, United Kingdom

Very nice!

30 Sep 2009 11:24am

301 from tehran, Iran

wonderful shot.

30 Sep 2009 11:27am

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

NW England? Looks more like the Sahara to me ^_^
Very well taken and composed.

30 Sep 2009 12:48pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Sometimes we are planted in unfortunate places. This is a really good photo, Ian.

30 Sep 2009 1:30pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Exquisite. Superb monochrome.

30 Sep 2009 2:34pm

Stu from Kyoto, Japan

A very satisfying shot Ian.

30 Sep 2009 3:26pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


30 Sep 2009 4:11pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

Oh, this is a great shot, really! :)

30 Sep 2009 6:42pm

Sandra from Thoiry, France

Just perfect! I love it!

30 Sep 2009 6:54pm

k@ from Paris, France

This moves me a lot, your title enhances the emotion and your light is breathe-taking, goooood*

30 Sep 2009 7:29pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Fascinating. We are looking at a large timescale here.

30 Sep 2009 8:04pm

Mags from Paris, France

Stunning, I love it !

30 Sep 2009 8:28pm

Francine from Buire le sec, France

Very great, once more!

30 Sep 2009 8:51pm

Reno from Madrid, Spain

Simple and perfect! This is it!!

30 Sep 2009 10:56pm

Fred from Manila, Philippines

Fantastic b&Ws sir! this one is perfect!

1 Oct 2009 2:40am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

excellent simple and yet very powerful composition!

1 Oct 2009 3:41am


and yes sometimes it is ... Great shot

1 Oct 2009 5:34am

shoti from Everywhere in the, Philippines

fine art photograph. everything is just tastefully done: from composition to toning. marvelous artwork Ian!

1 Oct 2009 9:27am

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States


1 Oct 2009 1:28pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

very lovely Ian -- a very beautiful and minimal composition!

1 Oct 2009 2:01pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Wow, Ian, what a masterpiece landscape and perfect title!!!!! So beautiful and touching!

1 Oct 2009 4:44pm

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

You captured the mood perfectly. Bravo!

1 Oct 2009 10:14pm

Michael Rawluk h from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I love shots of struggling trees and that is a great one.

2 Oct 2009 4:28am

J.Molitor from Santa Barbara, United States

amazing dude...

2 Oct 2009 6:14am

Daryl Johnson from Farnham, United Kingdom

What a beautiful tree, looks like it really struggles to survive against the elements.

3 Oct 2009 9:36pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique !

4 Oct 2009 3:01pm

anton from United Kingdom

This is very cool - would look great on any wall!

4 Oct 2009 5:17pm

lux from Munich, Germany

Fantastic! I like the tones and the title makes it perfect.

6 Oct 2009 9:37am

LB from Portugal

Superb image! Great compo, tones, lighting... Excellent!

6 Oct 2009 2:35pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Again here simplicity can be so powerful!

18 Oct 2009 3:03pm

Michael from Shell village, United Kingdom

A stunning piece of work Ian, I particularly like the shadow. It looks more exotic than the NW of England.

18 Oct 2009 5:16pm

Ardan from Streets of, Philippines

this makes me cry! so dramatic! great photo!

20 Oct 2009 4:18pm

Nikon D40
1/250 second
ISO 200
17 mm (35mm equiv.)

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