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The Lone Man

Weathered and worn stood against time
Each day another challenge
Each sunset another day survived
The course of the wind
Etched into the bark
But still it stands
A testament to tenacity

Good Morning Googler's

There are a few trees that sit very close to the coast of the Irish Sea here and they bear the scars of were they survive, the wind and sand can at times come up from the dunes with enough force to shape how they grow. But no matter what they are still standing and have simply adapted to their environment unlike ourselves who adapt our environment to suit us.

I apologise for being somewhat quiet over the last week or so but I have been taking time out, I need to get fit so that has began with running sessions and time at the gym. Add on top things are just busy, I hope to be able to spend some more timer here soon, have a wonderful Sunday :)
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"A testament to tenacity" could describe both the tree and yourself!
love your pictures and love your poems more. A beautiful heart an a pure heart.
On the right moment you shared these words!
On different levels they can be read..
For today a comfort moment I just needed.! Thanks!
Oh wow.
How is it that with a title and a few words this photo can evoke the faces +Mike Shaw has shown us? The hardship, endurance, the light of another day...
His facility to communicate humanity blows me away.

Take care of yourself +Mike Shaw .
Like I told you months ago, we will be here whenever you are.
Wow! That's the beautiful sun!
A great picture, accompanied by beautiful words that match the picture perfectly - thank you very much, +Mike Shaw, for sharing this with us!
I still don't know what exactly it is that makes me recognize your images. This one is another rather untypical one for you I'd say (maybe less dramatic that a lot of your other pictures), but once again: there is something in it that makes it a +Mike Shaw. Thanks!
cho rba
nice pictuee +
cho rba
nice picture +
so beautiful and alone is loan. but make capital gain.
reminds me of somewhere peacefull...
wu ming
the thinking is moving.
It makes me feel like im in a peaceful camping spot.....
welcome back...hope to see more from you
des jolis mots....une très belle photo........
loves your photo,especially the color, light and depth of focus
Nana fotka,fakt moc se povedla.
Fantastic - Beautiful
great shot - gives me the feeling of sympathy and that I want this tree to survive.
A good Sunday to you +Mike Shaw We have all of occupation, and we, not always, the.
Come back in shape. Your sunset is beautiful.
The colors are so rich and moody! I love the composition also. Beautiful! 
Very calm looking capture m8 i could just imagine sitting in a chair with that view :-)
oh so cute.........................
this view is a some kind of simelarity to humans life in this world. its nice pic meaningful.
Thank you again kind sir for sharing your stunning photography. What a beautiful picture to be able to see first thing in the morning.
thank you for a beautiful shot and verse for your return!
tj mo
.beautiful pic dude.reminding my of my younger days
Through the endless turns of seasons
That leave creases on our borrowed time
We stand defiant, bearing the coldness
With the warmth of the promise of spring.
03 vb][ty 7u5u Hala.
but nobody knows what happens tomorrow..... so keep waiting
I like how it looks like a tattered old cape as if the tree is a superhero that watches guard over everything.
Beautiful ~your soul is alive in your image and poetry. 🍂
Why all the photo's here is like fake but its true?
expressive,impressive both words &photo,hugs
Thank u for posting this beautiful pic and description to start a new day with a positive attitude
+Mike Shaw - i hope you've fully charged your battery and that you are feeling fresh. i love the message what the verses conveys. the photo is so magnificent....
did u take/wright that? if so nicely done!
wow...nice...okay I take a piece of
never get bored looking at your photos....thank you
Beautiful pictures. Where did u take them at?
peaceful and very calming
your shots are awesome! Are you on Deviantart?
You are such a great way to start the day. Thank you for all your amazing photos and insights. 
Jobe R.
Man so
Sometimes I think you have a secret door to a magic world where the light is different than in the everyday. Beautiful. xo
A poem down to the bare bones. Excellent, Mike!
One for you in return.
Still to the dance
the old pine is bent,
silent on the ridge
the wind is spent
oh my goodness this is beautifull thanks for sharing karol from florida
Good Morning to you too Mike Shaw and have great Sunday.
Excellent amazing shot again, like always.
WE knew it would rain, for all the morn
A spirit on slender ropes of mist
Was lowering its golden buckets down
Into the vapory amethyst.
Of marshes and swamps and dismal fens--
Scooping the dew that lay in the flowers,
Dipping the jewels out of the sea,
To sprinkle them over the land in showers.
We knew it would rain, for the poplars showed
The white of their leaves, the amber grain
Shrunk in the wind--and the lightning now
Is tangled in tremulous skeins of rain!
Colors well played....great photo
Beathtaking view! Tough scared twisted surviving pine ... one that just won't give up
Thanks everyone, just got in after a great day out with my wife and whole lot of new images to play with ;)

+eleisa barbour Shh! you will give my secret away ;)

Eva Dar
Sunset creates the most beautiful feeling... Especially with the nature..!!
dear tree... alone...
but the photo is amazing!!
love it!!
Ada M
oh, perfection does exist!
wow! You have a lot of beautiful pic.
That is so awesome!! U can just sit their and don't have a care in the world!! ! Thanks for sharing!! ;)
Thanks for an amazing collection of photos and poems. Have a great time.
Wow.....I am a poet as well and have always wanted to be a photographer.....
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