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The Fall's In Love

The Fall's In Love
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Copyright: Sandu Sochirca (Zandell) (44)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-03
Categories: Trees
Camera: Nikon D50, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-07 15:17
Viewed: 5031
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Birch trees.
Birch is the name of any tree of the genus Betula, in the family Betulaceae, closely related to the beech/oak family, Fagaceae. These are generally small to medium-size trees or shrubs, mostly of northern temperate climates. The simple leaves may be toothed or lobed. The fruit is a small samara, although the wings may be obscure in some species.

The birch is considered a national tree of Russia, where it used to be worshipped as a goddess during the Green Week in early June.

Birches are versatile trees. The sap, bark, leaves, wood, twigs, and roots are used for food, construction materials, medicinal treatments, lubricants, and other practical applications.

In northern latitudes birch is however considered to be the most important allergenic tree pollen, with an estimated 15-20% of hay fever sufferers sensitive to birch pollen grains.

Extracts of birch are used for flavoring or leather oil, and in cosmetics such as soap or shampoo. In the past, commercial oil of wintergreen (methyl salicylate) was made from the Sweet Birch (Betula lenta). Birch tar, extracted from birch bark, was used as a lubricant and for medicinal purposes. Xylitol can also be extracted from birch, a sugar alcohol artificial sweetener, which has shown effectiveness in preventing, and in some cases repairing, tooth decay.

In Belarus, Russia, the Baltic States, Finland, and parts of northern China, birch sap is drunk as a refreshing beverage, and is believed to have tonic qualities. It is watery and pale green in color, with a slightly sweet flavor, and is bottled commercially. Birch sap may also made into kvass. The sap of particular birch species may also be rendered into birch syrup, vinegar, beer, soft drinks, and other foods. In contrast to maple syrup, birch syrup is very difficult to produce, making it more expensive than other food syrups. It is also considerably less sweet than maple syrup and the sap for syrup production is not available until a month later than maple's. The syrup is made mainly in Alaska (from Alaska Birch) and Russia (from several species), and more rarely elsewhere.

Silver Birch (Betula pendula) is Finland's national tree. Occasionally one uses leafy, fragrant twigs of silver birch to gently beat oneself in a sauna. The twigs are called vihta or vasta. This has a relaxing effect on the muscles.

Birch is used as firewood due to its high calorific value per unit weight and unit volume.

Birch leaves are used to make a diuretic tea and to make extracts for dyes and cosmetics.

Birch twigs were bound in a bundle, also called birch, to be used for birching, a form of corporal punishment.

Birches also have spiritual importance in several religions, both modern and historical.

Birch wood is also used to make drums. They produce boosted high and low frequencies with loud low end punch that is ideal for studio recordings.

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hello sandu

beautiful colors and coposition cheer


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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-01-07 17:21]

Great capture. I like the colour saturation in combination with dreamy fog atmosphere.

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  • kojak Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 19] (163)
  • [2007-01-07 18:25]

Hello Sandu,
Very nice picture you shot here! I really like the composition: a big sharp taken tree in the front and the rest more or less in a misty kinda background! Great warm colour of the leaves and a very nice frame!!!
Well done and a warm welcome to TN!
Geert ;)

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-01-08 13:33]

Belle forêt ! Contraste excellent.
Bonne journée.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-08 16:03]

Lovely textures and colours. I like the vertical crop as well. Nicely done



Hi sandu,
I am glad somebody just gave you a critique, so that I wouldn't miss it. The mood this photo has in wonderful. A nice foggy atmosphere with great warm colors. Wonderful depth and colors.

:) tomorrow

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-01-13 1:13]

the mist improve very well the visual impact of this shot! it give a special atmosphere. I ilike your vertical composition. tfs

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-01-25 10:10]

Bonjour Sandu, bonne et heureuse année 2007 malgré un peu de retard!! cette photo est très évocatrice de froid et de brume!! le tronc de ces bouleaux est toujours tourmenté et de teintes "photogéniques". Félicitation pour la composition, Didier.

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