The Story behind the Photo: Lonesome Tree

Lonesome Tree

This is the second mini blog post telling the stories behind the photos of Red Rock Photography. My goal is to share my passion of the Blue Ridge Mountains with my fans and followers through my art. I love these mountains and hope that you enjoy the stories behind the photos. If you did not receive my previous post and want to read it, click here


The story behind the photo

There are some nights that produce such an amazing scene, that I am able to get a more than one great shot in one night. The best shoot that I have ever had was at a spot on the side of the road on Blue Ridge Parkway one evening in 2016. Three of my top five images were captured in one night. The most successful of the three is Lonesome Tree. When I got to this spot I climbed up on a nearby rock to shoot into the valley below and really liked the fir tree to my right. So I climbed down off of the rock and set up to shoot the scene above. It was wider than my lens, so I stitched eight vertical images together to capture what I saw in my mind. Once I saw them stitched together, I liked it but it took encouragement from a friend to go ahead and include it in my portfolio because the tree does not necessarily fall into the rule of thirds. Rules are made to be broken sometimes. 
The photo has always spoken to me, the lines of the mountain to the right run parallel with the rock and the clouds, and the opposing lines making a “V” from the other side draws you into the frame towards the sunset. The Balsam Fir stands all alone, defiant and lonely in the middle, demanding your attention.  Seeing this photo in person on a large canvas is inspiring. 
Would you like to have Lonesome Tree in your home or office? It is available in its standard 1:2 format by clicking HERE. If you want it in any custom size not offered on the website please feel free to email me at
24x48 and 30x60 are the most popular sizes. A 24x48 is a great size above a fireplace, and a 30x60 looks wonderful on any large empty wall and is a room defining size.