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[The Guardian] The big picture: a special branch in Finland
« on: March 22, 2020, 01:04:36 PM »
The big picture: a special branch in Finland

Ville Lenkkeri’s photograph captures his sorrow at having to cut down a beloved tree from his childhood

Ville Lenkkeri took this photograph in 2013. The great birch tree, which stood behind his family’s summerhouse in Finland, had been a fixture in his life since childhood. When he was away from the house, he had a sense that it would watch over the place in his absence. And when he saw it once again he was reminded of some “magical and eternal strength”. The photo was taken on the day that Lenkkeri had to chop the tree down.

He had noticed that it had started to wither and rot from within two years earlier, but had resisted admitting that “its eternity was about to come to an end”. That summer, however, he decided that “felling the giant was a more honourable way to let it go”.

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