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Sycamore Gap

Most photographers will be aware of Sycamore Gap. It surely must be, or was, one of the most photographed trees in the country with its stunning location and intensely photogenic setting. In September I was up in Northumberland with a number of photographer chums from my club, the Nottingham Outlaws Photographic Society, on a four day tour of this wonderful region. Like many we felt the need to make a pilgrimage to photograph the tree. (One of my images attached) It's a pretty remote area but when we arrived sure enough another group of photographers had already set up camp, a group hailing from Dundee, Scotland. This was a Tuesday, and little did we know we would be shooting some of the last images ever of this quite beautiful scene, for the following day the tree was maliciously felled. Sad, very sad. Not only the loss of a mature tree and photo opportunity but so sad that anyone could feel bitter enough as to need to do such a thing.

Of course, put it into perspective. The same day a young girl was stabbed to death in Croydon. Now that is sad.


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