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'That Tree': Photographer's project takes on life of its own

Hirsch takes picture of old bur oak tree every day for a year

8:47 PM, Apr. 27, 2013
Mark Hirsch of Platteville poses with 'That Tree,' which he photographed every day for a year.
Mark Hirsch of Platteville poses with 'That Tree,' which he photographed every day for a year.
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Sixteen months ago "That Tree" was just another big bur oak in southwestern Wisconsin, standing regal and pretty whether naked in winter or clothed in summer.

And then Mark Hirsch, 52, drove south from town through a snowstorm in January 2012, turned off County D onto Airport Road and stopped 2 miles short of home. He just had to try the camera on his new iPhone. A friend had predicted - one pro photographer to another - that he would be impressed.

Hirsch found the iPhone's camera app, scanned the arctic-like landscape and spotted an old oak guarding a draw to the south. Yep, right where it had stood ...

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