The place is known as Sycamore Gap, but I like the association the title makes with the ancient notion of the axis mundi or world navel (umbilicus mundi). The photo shows four distinct lines converging on the tree, which has what almost looks like an altar before it. It's missing only a freshwater spring and it would be a stereotypical ancient temple. The people highlight the contemporary sacredness of the spot, even if it's a different kind of sacred.
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Wonderful photo! Would love to see this in person. I love the way this has been captured. What stories this wall could tell! Amazing that certain things can stand so many centuries.
Beautiful Shot....Congratulation Jeff Nelson,
I am a bit disappointed that the story accompanying the photo did not explain anything about the tree.... other than it is a lone one. The history of the wall is one thing, but that poor tree needs to have its story told.
I love it with all the people. It makes you wonder why they are photographing that lone tree, like some sort of pilgrimage. Photos that make you ask questions are the best. If it were just a picture of a tree with no people it would not be so intriguing. This way there are not only questions about the tree and how it got there, the wall and what it means, but also about who are these people out in the middle of nowhere and why are they taking all those pictures. Cool.
Stunning photo! Such a rich piece of history. And if I'm not mistaken, Kevin Costner and Morgan Freeman sat under that tree in Robin Hood :)
I love the landscape and clarity of the photograph. The picture philosophically depicts that one is always alone at the crossroads.
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It must have been an amazing sight to see it back when but at the same time for me, at least it represents a new beginning after Rome fell for all those that were enslaved and kill for entertainment.
A great shot of a place that has spanned time for many, many years.One can almost replace the people around with roman soldiers in their full regalia, as it was then. The alone tree, against the sky is truly eye catching.A wonderful picture. j.e.s..........
I'm not very good at trees. Someone could supply the information as what kind it is? I think oak, but this is a guess only.
@Elkari Mohamed Yes, it is a very nice photograph. The tree fits in nicely to the break in the wall.
@Judy Batson It was featured in a recent movie Robin Hood.......Prince of Thieves.......its older story must be that of years of fascinated visitors to this amazing wall.......the tree was seen from afar and captured our interest ......
The tree is often placed in a movie as a symbol of new life, a better one. Let's see a new film The Giver-they see a tree behind clouds...
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