Tree Angel

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Tree Angel - Monotone & Digital Art
Photographing the grounds of Stokesay Court one open day my camera was doing the craziest of things. I mean on a mid-summers day in glorious sunlight, at the sun's highest point one would not expect to be needing to shoot at 400 ISO and low shutter speeds. Utterly flummoxed I stopped in the dappled shade of a tree and started to go through the menus see what was occurring and more importantly why! Suddenly out of nowhere two squirrels ran across the grass in front of me and up the trunk of a tree just across from my viewpoint. No way I could see them as I was looking straight into the sun! Suddenly from nowhere a gust of wind blew up and all the branches on this tree swayed in the breeze. Almost as if whispering pick me, pick me. It was a beautiful tree no doubt about it so doing my normal thing of ignoring all rules on not shooting into the sun I took a couple of shots. On returning home and beginning to go through the shots of the day I came across the tree. It was in my opinion a nothing shot, shooting into the sun had mottled the colours and it was never going to edit to anything that I truly liked. However I kept going back to it and working on it, no idea why. One sleepless night I was at my desk with this picture open yet again and suddenly thought heck why not see it in black and white. Well what do you know there she was all the time! The 'Angel of the Tree' for all to see, after all she had made such an effort to attract my attention, I'm amazed I kept missing her! I had this blown up onto Kodak Endura Metallic paper and it looked utterly amazing at A2 in size in a stunning silver frame with non reflective Miraguard glass (Looks like no glass is there). A gentleman was viewing her at an event I was exhibiting at when suddenly he turned to me and said. "That little girl looks just like my daughter when she would cuddle her teddy bear" Puzzled I looked at him then at the image. "What little girl?" "Why the one in skirts of Angel Light can't you see her?" Well I confess it took me the rest of the day to do so but there she was. The gentleman came back later with his now grown up daughter who loved the image so much she bought it. Love how my art evokes emotion and memories in others.

Featured in Briar Ridge Books visual verse coffee table book "Shirelands"

Guardian angel pure and bright, secretive in midday light,
Rustling softly on warm breeze, ethereal light through sun-kissed trees,
Ageless, timeless, ever near, bright blessings whispered in my ear:
“Walk in light your whole life through, I’m always watching over you”.

Poetry Copyrighted to Hilary Jane Jones my business partner at Briar Ridge Books.

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Photo comment By Bonita: I really like this one, kind of speaks to me.

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