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Inside a 600-year-old linden tree

Posted by
Michael Skorulski (Toronto, Canada) on 20 March 2008 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Here we are inside a hollow linden tree in the courtyard of St. Matthew's Church in Cigel, Slovakia. If we look out a knot hole, we see the top of the church with its Slovak double cross which is also on the country's flag. Now to see if I can climb out that hole without getting stuck. Looks like a tight squeeze!

PENTAX Optio A30 1/500 second F/2.8 ISO 64 38 mm (35mm equiv.)

givethemhell from Germany

What an unusual perspective, Michael. This wonderful old linden tree has cast a magic spell over you, I believe.

20 Mar 2008 5:26am

@givethemhell: Yes, it has. Thank you, Eva.

dilip from Mumbai, India

and to be very honest, when u mentioned you will get inside the tree, i never really did believe that you would "actually" do it ... !!! ... :) ... hehe ...
love the way u hv managed to give a peek of the church ... !!! ...

20 Mar 2008 6:06am

@dilip: All things are possible in photography. Many thanks, dilip.

Ken from Cebu City, Philippines

Wow, you really did get inside that tree! Didn't believe you would two days ago, hahaha. For all your effort, you got a wonderful photograph and have shown us an interesting perspective of the old tree and the St. Matthews Church. Thanks for sharing Michael.

20 Mar 2008 6:16am

@Ken: A pleasure , Ken, and thank you.

dpm from Maalé, Maldives

why not camp in the tree to get the same shot at night.... probably do a star trail shot
BTW that is a wonderful image

20 Mar 2008 6:24am

@dpm: I may do that. Thank you, dpm.

Rhys from Darlington, United Kingdom

This is great, the natural frame of the tree really draws your attention to the isolated architectural features.

20 Mar 2008 6:27am

@Rhys: I agree. Thank you so much, Rhys.

Irwansyah Sk3tchw!nd from Dumai, Indonesia

very good framing, excellent for u


20 Mar 2008 7:11am

@Irwansyah Sk3tchw!nd: Thank you very much.

CHESTER from Philippines

hello..amazing..A 600 year old tree??wow!!

20 Mar 2008 7:13am

@CHESTER: Thank you, Chester.

CHESTER from Philippines you have a YM?

thanks for the comment!

20 Mar 2008 7:22am

@CHESTER: Sorry. I don't. thank you.

martie from Okinawa, Japan

Fantastic shot!

20 Mar 2008 9:46am

@martie: Thank you, Martie.

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

A unique view! Take care when climbing! :-)

20 Mar 2008 10:07am

@MadScientist: Thank you so much, MS.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

Excellent view from that tree! I love the framing!

20 Mar 2008 10:13am

@Betty: Thank you, Betty.

Viewfinder from Bradenton, United States

What a great view from inside this tree.

20 Mar 2008 11:27am

@Viewfinder: Thank you, VF. I'm glad you like it.

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Quebec, Canada

Wow, what a super viewpoint! You outdid yourself on this one, Michael!

20 Mar 2008 11:50am

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Thank you, Wolfgang. That's a kind comment.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Beautiful capture of the church from inside the tree! An unexpected way of framing the beautiful building! Most interesting!

20 Mar 2008 12:46pm

@Japanalia: Thank you, Gabriela. I tried to make it as interesting as possible.

Teresa Durães from Portugal

beautiful perspective of the house

20 Mar 2008 12:58pm

@Teresa Durães: Thank you, Teresa.

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

Excellent Michael!!! You kept the details of the shadows and didn't blow out the highlights to the sky and church steeple. Excellent pov and just a great image!!!

20 Mar 2008 2:14pm

@amy: Thank you, Amy. It was really a balancing act between shadow and highlights as you point out.

Harald from Frankfurt am Main, Germany

a very interesting perspective.

20 Mar 2008 2:20pm

@Harald: Thank you, Harald.

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Hat's off to you Michael, for climbing into the tree. It was well worth the effort to get such an unique viewpoint for this image. Bravo.

20 Mar 2008 2:48pm

@MaryB: Many thanks , Mary. I appreciate that.

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Good luck! Cool shot!

20 Mar 2008 3:51pm

@Craig: Thank you, Craig.

pLusOne from Cheonan, South Korea

wow it has a huge hole in it.

Cool framing and lovely colour tone.

20 Mar 2008 3:59pm

@pLusOne: Thank you very much, P1.

Peter Miller from Lichfield, United Kingdom

Nice shot from an unusual perspective

20 Mar 2008 4:05pm

@Peter Miller: Many thanks, Peter.

Elisa from Massachusetts, United States

excellent! love the framing and perspective.

20 Mar 2008 4:05pm

@Elisa: Thank you, Elisa.

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

very creative point of view - I like this image

20 Mar 2008 5:03pm

@yiannis krikis: Thank you, Yiannis. I appreciate that.

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

Awesome tree, nice framing! :)

20 Mar 2008 6:28pm

@Ina: Thanks so much, Ina.

Hoopand from Tehran, Iran

wow thats coooool!

20 Mar 2008 7:47pm

@Hoopand: Thank you, Hoopand.

Porcsin from Debrecen, Hungary

Nice composition!

20 Mar 2008 8:01pm

@Porcsin: Many thanks.

standley from brou-sur-chantereine, France

Very nice capture. Great natural framing!

20 Mar 2008 8:54pm

@standley: Thank you, Standley.

vu@granby from Granby, Québec, Canada

A lot to discover in that old tree, I guess that you're going to bring us some others hidden spots of that tree.

vu@granby - Gilles Martineau

20 Mar 2008 10:27pm

@vu@granby: Many thanks, Gilles. Tomorrow we'll go on to something else. Perhaps come back to the tree another time.

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

Every shot looks like a completely different tree. A great series.

20 Mar 2008 11:49pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thank you, Michael. I like variety.

Rags from Plano, United States

I love it that you are having a lot of fun with this series. Lovely work by the way.

21 Mar 2008 12:12am

@Rags: thanks, Rags. fun is the word.

Dara from Irvine, United States

highly creative idea in selecting of view point

21 Mar 2008 2:22am

@Dara: Thank you, Dara.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I knew it, there's only beauty ;)

21 Mar 2008 8:29am

@Lorraine: Yes, we always find what we look for. Thank you, Lorraine.

drphoto from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Great tree series, it was fun following you intside that tree =D)


21 Mar 2008 2:45pm

@drphoto: Thank you, Dan. I'm glad I'm out again. LOL.

PENTAX Optio A30
1/500 second
ISO 64
38 mm (35mm equiv.)