The Sumada Tree

The Sumada Tree

The Sumada Tree

A fellow photographer recommended I visit this hilltop which is on the edge of Glacier National Park in Montana. The foreground log made such an obvious choice with the bark creating leading lines towards the standing tree. I would typically start my day attempting to shoot in the park, then retreat to a cafe in East Glacier Village. By afternoon I’d be ready to head to this hilltop. On about day six I spotted a guy hitch hiking on the road, he had a tripod sticking out of his backpack so I stopped and offered him a lift. I suggested he might like to shoot the tree and so after parking on the road we clambered up the hill. It was a promising afternoon with cumulus clouds building in the east. The afternoon was somewhat spoiled when the hitch hiker told me the tree had been photographed long before by a well known Oregonian photographer. I lost interest in the image and it lay unprocessed for a long time, but it’s a nice shot and so I felt it well suited to my tree gallery.

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