The End Of A Christmas Tree

JANUARY 2018 – The tip of a Christmas Tree can be seen emerging from a large container on 6th January, the day of Holy Three Kings. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

In Germany, the Christmas season ends on the 6th of January of the new year. By then, most people remove their tree from the living room and bring it to nearby collection points. In our case, it is a large container that can take hundreds of trees.

The morning of the 6th January 2018 was cold and clear, and so I threw the tree over the high border of the container and took this snapshot of its tip protruding from the top. In a way, it’s a photo that makes me sad – then again, we could not keep it forever.

Here’s a funny story: My mother one year had missed to bring out her tree in time and kept it, “because it still looks good.” When I visited her in spring, it would fall apart whenever someone touched it. It was that dry by that time. The next year she made sure to not miss the 6th January. LOL.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time06-JAN-2018, 10:46
LocationUnterhaching, Bavaria, Germany
CameraSamsung Galaxy S5 neo (SM-G903F)
Exposure1/800 sec at f/1.9
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4608 x 2592 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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