Tree of the week: the beloved birch that could fall victim to its own success


In the water of Llyn Padarn in Snowdonia stands a birch tree that has captured the hearts of many visitors. But should they be swimming out to pose with it?

Dave Jones first heard about the striking birch that stands in Llyn Padarn, a lake in Snowdonia, from his classmates on a local photography course. As lockdown restrictions eased, he decided to visit the tree to get some shots of it. “Everybody kept going on about it,” he said. “So we went and found it. Sure enough, there were four other photographers there.”

Jones, who lives a 45-minute drive away in Rhyl with his wife, Dawn, was stunned by the setting, but had to stay for several hours until the light was right. “I was waiting for the clouds to come and it was all backlit,” he says. “It’s got a beautiful backdrop. It’s about 20 yards out into the lake and it’s grounded in the water.”

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