Yet another country home picture near Waterford, VA taken after the January 21 snowfall. In this case the stories I wonder about are those that unfolded under this tree. As Claire and I drove, this tree grabbed my attention much more than the adjacent impressive home and I would guess that the tree could easily be a hundred years old - enough time for many activities underneath its graceful branches. I ultimately decided on a black and white version. Like many post snowfall days, this day was crystal blue clear with only hints of clouds. The sky was so intensely blue that I felt attention was drawn away from the tree. Perhaps I could have moved to the right and captured only the tree but the impressive width of the tree crown would not have displayed as well. Plus I liked how the house gave scale to the tree, further revealing its grandness. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with m.zuiko [email protected], f6.3, 1/2000 s, ISO 200. For me a true example of a poetic tree.