Africa

Postcard: The Tale of the Lonely Tree

Tree in the Masai Mara, Kenya

“Look there’s a lonely tree.”

Lori, my jeep mate, was nodding her head towards an acacia in the distance. Standing by itself on a bleak overcast day in the Masai Mara, it did indeed look lonely. Lori put a term to a scene I was constantly drawn to but had not yet named, and it was perfect.

There’s something about miles and miles of open land and the gentle curve of an acacia that’s a magnet for my eye. Lori’s too. Hell tons of people. The black and white tree in the desert. The tree on a hill. The tree in a field. It’s a common theme in many photographs, and who were we not to play our part?

For the rest of the trip, Lori and I would point out great lonely trees and take a photograph. It was fun. A game. Giving them some attention made them seem less lonely somehow.

The photo above is one of my favorites: a serene lonely tree. It was nearing sunrise and the world was bathed in soft pastels—it begged for a photo.

I really like my lonely trees.

3 replies »

  1. That a beautiful picture, I’m actually from Kenya and I love the Maasai Mara two. Next time try and visit Lake Nakuru National park in my hometown Nakuru county and see the marvel and color created by millions of flamingo’s its a sight that will awe you.

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