I have been driving past this scene for years. The tree has been there, slowly growing taller and fuller. Many times I would wish I had my camera with me so I could capture the scene I had in my mind. Today, June and I were heading that way and I remembered before getting too far from the house.
I really like minimalist photography where a photo will have a single subject with lots of empty space in the photo. They are very simple photos that can be beautiful. I imagined the photo with this tree on the top of the hill with lots of sky behind it being the empty space.
When I made the shot today, the sky wasn't empty but had some pretty interesting clouds, which were not in my imaginary photo. I took several shot from two different locations. Some in portrait orientation and others in the landscape orientation. In the end, I liked this composition best because I could use the clouds on the right to balance the tree on the left. I cropped off much of the hill below the tree because it didn't really add that much to the photo. This is a graphic image that seemed to me to be a good candidate for black and white.