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What is it about isolated trees that make them so appealing to photographers? Well, whatever it is, when you do find one it’s one of those “cliché” images that you just can’t help but photograph, right? :)

I found this with +Brian Matiash on our journey through the Nebraska cornfields. We had so much fun, and I have a lot of photographs to edit from that trip (and about half of them are gorgeous photos of my nieces and nephews). :) More to come!

By | 2016-12-18T17:01:04+00:00 July 22nd, 2012|75 Comments

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My name is Nicole and I'm a photographer, author, & educator living in Portland, Oregon, USA. When I'm not making photos I'm writing books and tutorials for my online store, Learn more about me and my story here.

75 Comments

  1. Jesse Lopez July 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Nice isolation, and a beautiful subject too. Nice shot!

  2. Jesse Lopez July 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Nice isolation, and a beautiful subject too. Nice shot!

  3. Christi Nielsen July 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    One of my professors in college always found solitary trees that were planted in tiny squares of dirt within giant parking lots. In Texas, the concrete parking lots are massive. It was like a desperate attempt to represent a tiny slice of the nature that was demolished by the concrete. 

    Nice photo. Looking forward to seeing the others. :)

  4. Christi Nielsen July 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    One of my professors in college always found solitary trees that were planted in tiny squares of dirt within giant parking lots. In Texas, the concrete parking lots are massive. It was like a desperate attempt to represent a tiny slice of the nature that was demolished by the concrete. 

    Nice photo. Looking forward to seeing the others. :)

  5. John Henrick July 22, 2012 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    I never thought that anyone else appreciated lone trees. I have some of such a tree during the winter time and in fog… if I can find it.

  6. John Henrick July 22, 2012 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    I never thought that anyone else appreciated lone trees. I have some of such a tree during the winter time and in fog… if I can find it.

  7. Brad Sloan July 22, 2012 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    Cliche or not, love it.

  8. Brad Sloan July 22, 2012 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    Cliche or not, love it.

  9. Dave Krugman July 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    The stripe of the cornfield really makes it great too…

  10. Dave Krugman July 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    The stripe of the cornfield really makes it great too…

  11. Steve Erickson July 22, 2012 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Living in Iowa I have to say that Iowa, Nebraska and Illinois are the three most boring states to drive through.  lol..

  12. Marko Tatarac July 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    apple cider background

  13. Marko Tatarac July 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    apple cider background

  14. Eduardo rodriguez palma July 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    EL ARBOL EN SOLITARIO.

  15. Eduardo rodriguez palma July 22, 2012 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    EL ARBOL EN SOLITARIO.

  16. Christi Nielsen July 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    +Steve Erickson haha I think that about most of Texas. :)

  17. Christi Nielsen July 22, 2012 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    +Steve Erickson haha I think that about most of Texas. :)

  18. Steve Erickson July 22, 2012 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Well at least Texas has landscape to look at. Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois is all flat and all you see is corn, soybeans, pigs, cows and barns that are dilapidated. Lol

  19. donna farris July 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    nice pic

  20. donna farris July 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm - Reply

    nice pic

  21. William Buker July 22, 2012 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Nicole, your right single trees that pop up amidst nothingness are intriguing. I was in Sasabo, Japan and had taken a trip by train to Nagasaki. On the way the landscape turned to rolling hills with no trees at all. We came around a corner and came upon one tree, in full foliage, about a 1/4 mile away. Nothing else around but that one tree. It was kind of a beacon of hope in that barren world.

  22. William Buker July 22, 2012 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Nicole, your right single trees that pop up amidst nothingness are intriguing. I was in Sasabo, Japan and had taken a trip by train to Nagasaki. On the way the landscape turned to rolling hills with no trees at all. We came around a corner and came upon one tree, in full foliage, about a 1/4 mile away. Nothing else around but that one tree. It was kind of a beacon of hope in that barren world.

  23. Steve Lofton July 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Wonderful scene

  24. Steve Lofton July 22, 2012 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Wonderful scene

  25. Ray Cornell July 22, 2012 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    I'm also drawn to solitary trees as subjects but they are difficult to come by in my part of the country. Plenty of trees but very few standing all alone,  Whenever you can photograph one, there is no doubt your subject. Nice shot btw…I look forward to seeing more.

  26. Ray Cornell July 22, 2012 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    I'm also drawn to solitary trees as subjects but they are difficult to come by in my part of the country. Plenty of trees but very few standing all alone,  Whenever you can photograph one, there is no doubt your subject. Nice shot btw…I look forward to seeing more.

  27. Ian Thomas July 22, 2012 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Yeah, I there is something about the lone tree that is so appealing. I am definitely a sucker for them. Lovely shot.

  28. Ian Thomas July 22, 2012 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Yeah, I there is something about the lone tree that is so appealing. I am definitely a sucker for them. Lovely shot.

  29. Monico Havier July 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Cool shot, +Nicole S. Young.

    I think it looks like the a logo for a super cool independent movie studio. You even have the space above the tree to put the name of the movie studio. I can totally picture this in black and white on the big screen before a cool movie starts. "a Nicolesy Production"

  30. Monico Havier July 22, 2012 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    Cool shot, +Nicole S. Young.

    I think it looks like the a logo for a super cool independent movie studio. You even have the space above the tree to put the name of the movie studio. I can totally picture this in black and white on the big screen before a cool movie starts. "a Nicolesy Production"

  31. Marko Tatarac July 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    nicole…what was your inspiration…u2 Joshua Tree? just kidding..nice pic

  32. Marko Tatarac July 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    nicole…what was your inspiration…u2 Joshua Tree? just kidding..nice pic

  33. claudia carrera July 23, 2012 at 1:02 am - Reply

    No se para ustedes pero para mi es bonito

  34. claudia carrera July 23, 2012 at 1:02 am - Reply

    No se para ustedes pero para mi es bonito

  35. Ethan Foley July 23, 2012 at 1:43 am - Reply

    I really agree! I love taking pictures of old, isolated trees!

  36. José Fernández July 23, 2012 at 2:03 am - Reply

    genial foto, saludos!

  37. José Fernández July 23, 2012 at 2:03 am - Reply

    genial foto, saludos!

  38. Nicole S. Young July 23, 2012 at 2:17 am - Reply

    +Monico Havier Ha! I'll keep that in mind, maybe I'll integrate that into my tutorial videos :)

  39. Nicole S. Young July 23, 2012 at 2:17 am - Reply

    +Monico Havier Ha! I'll keep that in mind, maybe I'll integrate that into my tutorial videos :)

  40. Ravindra Zodape July 23, 2012 at 2:22 am - Reply

    sometime lonely feel good but not every time

  41. Ravindra Zodape July 23, 2012 at 2:22 am - Reply

    sometime lonely feel good but not every time

  42. Guillermo Mera July 23, 2012 at 2:30 am - Reply

    El mar, quiza Muy bonito, Pero esmuy triste la soledad Que se Siente ESTA UNO en Medio de la Nada

  43. Guillermo Mera July 23, 2012 at 2:30 am - Reply

    El mar, quiza Muy bonito, Pero esmuy triste la soledad Que se Siente ESTA UNO en Medio de la Nada

  44. Guillermo Mera July 23, 2012 at 2:37 am - Reply

    el comentario anterior no es como yo lo puse ,  algo paso es como sigue…quiza sea muy bonito el paisaje pero es muy triste, la soledad qu se siente, esta uno en medio de la nada

  45. Guillermo Mera July 23, 2012 at 2:37 am - Reply

    el comentario anterior no es como yo lo puse ,  algo paso es como sigue…quiza sea muy bonito el paisaje pero es muy triste, la soledad qu se siente, esta uno en medio de la nada

  46. Jerry Young July 23, 2012 at 3:18 am - Reply

    I admire singleton tree studies. Nice work

  47. Jerry Young July 23, 2012 at 3:18 am - Reply

    I admire singleton tree studies. Nice work

  48. fili cortes July 23, 2012 at 3:38 am - Reply

    me imagino un rato sentado, respirando aire limpio y puro

  49. fili cortes July 23, 2012 at 3:38 am - Reply

    me imagino un rato sentado, respirando aire limpio y puro

  50. Sunitha Srinivasan July 23, 2012 at 4:43 am - Reply

    """the lonely times r wen u share d deepest secrets of ur heart!!!"""
    love to be alone:)

  51. Sunitha Srinivasan July 23, 2012 at 4:43 am - Reply

    """the lonely times r wen u share d deepest secrets of ur heart!!!"""
    love to be alone:)

  52. Diego Chacon July 23, 2012 at 5:17 am - Reply

    nice pick

  53. Diego Chacon July 23, 2012 at 5:17 am - Reply

    nice pick

  54. Steve Kalman July 23, 2012 at 10:30 am - Reply

    I have been looking (locally) for a tree like that. Beautiful, deciduous and sort of alone in a field. My "bucket list" of photos includes a trypych of the same tree showing spring/summer, fall color and winter barren (with snow).

    Excellent shot. 

  55. Steve Kalman July 23, 2012 at 10:30 am - Reply

    I have been looking (locally) for a tree like that. Beautiful, deciduous and sort of alone in a field. My "bucket list" of photos includes a trypych of the same tree showing spring/summer, fall color and winter barren (with snow).

    Excellent shot.

  56. nas alpasha July 23, 2012 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Very sad view it reminded us the loneliness ..

  57. nas alpasha July 23, 2012 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Very sad view it reminded us the loneliness ..

  58. Emmanuel Q. M. July 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Si es verdad, como todo en este mundo
    Pero es un estereotipo que no es el mejor
    Pero es aceptable . . .

  59. Emmanuel Q. M. July 23, 2012 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Si es verdad, como todo en este mundo
    Pero es un estereotipo que no es el mejor
    Pero es aceptable . . .

  60. magaly andaur leon July 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    que hermoso

  61. magaly andaur leon July 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    que hermoso

  62. pravinsinh parmar July 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    respect our nature

  63. pravinsinh parmar July 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    respect our nature

  64. Anna Barnaś July 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    WoW

  65. Anna Barnaś July 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    WoW

  66. Gustavo alejandro Rodriguez July 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Arbol tan solito y triste,pero la foto es genial.

  67. Gustavo alejandro Rodriguez July 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Arbol tan solito y triste,pero la foto es genial.

  68. Gailen Mapes July 29, 2012 at 2:56 am - Reply

    Nice job!

  69. Gailen Mapes July 29, 2012 at 2:56 am - Reply

    Nice job!

  70. Huyen Dang August 16, 2012 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Perfect

  71. Huyen Dang August 16, 2012 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Perfect

  72. ISHTIAQ KHAN September 6, 2012 at 10:49 am - Reply

    A WONDER FUL SCENE LIKE U

  73. ISHTIAQ KHAN September 6, 2012 at 10:49 am - Reply

    A WONDER FUL SCENE LIKE U

  74. Carlos Alberto Souza December 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    nicole a de carlosalbertosouza1956@gmail e seu comentario sobre a foto 100 e voce 1000 emuito mas criativa.

  75. Irshad Khan December 25, 2012 at 7:50 am - Reply

    زنرگی

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