self portrait on a swing
Posted in nature, pia's photos January 4th, 2009 by piablog

you might be wondering how on earth I was able to run that far and hop on the swing before my self-timer went off? me too! somehow, I managed – I was always a good sprinter in school so maybe that helped. This was taken with my old Canon AE-1 film camera a few years back in beautiful Berry, NSW Australia, while staying on a friend’s stunning property. I went out for a walk around the paddocks and at sunset I found myself by this tree. It had a beautiful intensity and magic about it, and I just couldn’t say goodbye to this tree without capturing a special moment with it.

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  1. Janmaree at Trinkets and Roses says


    You look so small…you are in the caring arms of this old tree perhaps?

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  2. Emily says

    There’s definitely something magical about that tree. What a wonderful self-portrait :-)

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  3. Miranda says

    I understand why. It’s beautiful!

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  4. kendalee says

    this is one of the most beautiful pictures i’ve ever seen. there is something so joyful about swinging especially on a tree swing, and in this setting… magical!

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  5. Maia says

    Wow!That tree is an entity. I understand your feeling.
    I think I have never seen such trees as in Australia. I was only in NSW once for a travel writing assignment, but I spent six weeks and it was wonderful.

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  6. Danielle says

    what a photo! what a locale! i am certain if i had a tree like that to dream under my dreams would be even greater than they are now!

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  7. trupeach says

    pia, i am loving your array of self-portraits! this tree sort of envelopes you in a magical way.

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  8. robyn says

    oh good lord, that’s a great picture!!

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  9. lizzy says

    this leaves me breathless. i yearn to swing in your place, to climb that tree, explore the property. what type of tree is it?

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  10. in paris says

    Bonne Année Pia~
    Je suis allée à Amsterdam et c’était super super bien! J’ai mangé des oliebollens et j’ai vu des petits bateaux dans le canal =)
    Il faut que j’y aille encore une fois-

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  11. lauren says

    wow– that is a GORGEOUS picture? Do you mind if I feature it on my blog?

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  12. kosenrufu mama says

    wonderful selfportrait!

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  13. stephanie says

    Gorgeous. The colors are so intense. What a special moment.

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  14. Shelby says

    It is a gorgeous tree! And I would say its time to get yourself a remote but judging by your sprinting skills you don’t need one!

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  15. katiecrackernuts says

    A very nice tree. My folks are at Bundanoon and I’m still to see the glow worms.

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  16. marinah says

    a great photo! miss your photos of D.F. but loving the new ones, too. Happy New Year!

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  17. Michelle says

    that is a beautiful photo.

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  18. corine says

    I love everything about this picture, and particularly the thought of you having the time to sprint and get this high up. Your heart must have been pounding but it is worth it.

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  19. emily says

    that is a very beautiful photo

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  20. Mariah says

    I love the solidity of the tree and you moving through it! Its a fantastic picture.
    What kind of tree is it I wonder?
    M X

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  21. Clare says

    Fabulous shot – makes me want to hop on a swing! And what an amazing tree. This photo makes me smile – thanks.

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  22. Stacy says

    The tree, the sunset, and the thought of swinging sounds fantastic. I’ve enjoyed seeing the old photos you have posted the last weeks.

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  23. momo says

    what a beautiful tree. and beautifully photographed.

    Love the green.

    I hope you are having great time here in Australia.

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  24. joanna goddard says

    this is really stunning. thanks for sharing, pia! :)

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  25. sonrie says


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  26. rubi says

    i love this! great job with the self timer. i absolutely love your blog. especially the my heart wanders project. i have tons of pictures of wandering hearts that i have collected for years. i cant wait for the book to come out.

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  27. chelsea says

    This is dreamy. I love it when you share your old film shots!

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  28. Michelle Young says

    This was my first REAL camera Pia!!(My first was a Russian Zenit!) love the shot! XXX

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  29. Joanna says

    OMG already this is one of my favorite pictures ever. It’s just exquisite! What a cool self-portrait. And that tree is just stunning. I wonder how old it is?

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  30. Sheena says

    Wow, the colours in that picture.

    And that tree is so majestic. Great shot!

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  31. Courtney says

    That looks like such a magical setting. The colors and the tree are gorgeous. That it’s a self-portrait makes it all the more intriguing! Thanks for sharing, Pia.

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  32. Jennifer says

    Oh my goodness. That is one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. I am also obsessed with tress. I wish that was me!!

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  33. Jennifer says

    Disclaimer: I am obsessed with trees. Not tress.

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  34. Maegan says


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  35. caitlin says

    this picture makes me smile. they’re is such purity about it.

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  36. Dale Miller says

    Beautiful!!! The shot is simply gorgeous. Love the composition, the color, the tree. It makes me feel happy.

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  37. Esti says

    The perfect selfportrait!

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