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Dreamer Mountain


Dreamer Mountain
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2005-11-27
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro
Exposure: f/14.1, 30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-22 9:42
Viewed: 2833
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dreamer Mountain was given its name by white settlers at the turn of the century. Prior to that it was where Native Americans went as young men to have a local tribe version of a vision quest. It is not very high at 2700 feet, yet overlooks a long valley of grassland which flows south 15 miles.

Imagine what it looked like as a young man looked up over 100 years ago. Until it was time in their life, there were no tribesmen allowed there as it was considered sacred ground. Even to this day there is nobody on or near Dreamer Mountain. At the top is a clear view (so they say), but looking forward to a trek up there as a young Indian boy to turn man must have been impressive.

The picture was purposely and slightly out of focus. This was the only way I could convey the feeling of how I was at the times I looked up at it. Even to this day with all the trekking I have done through the smaller hills, this has been off limits in my mind. Only once did I see life up there and that was the 3rd time I had seen a cougar as it was at the base....and at first sight of me, he turned at sprinted all the way to the top, making it look like an anthill. I had to wonder what sort of species a Native American would see. When on a vision quest, they have nothing to eat and little to drink for a matter of days.

And they return down when they have seen their own particular vision......so...

In tune with vision, goes focus...If there is anyone willing to walk up there, I am sure they will be seen, as the Lake tribe chief lives only at the bottom of the hill and off a bit to the west. I understand that at his very old age, he still has an eagle eye with his long rifle. Your turn...

For Those who have Google Earth the picture location can be found at:

48.50.35.69 N
118.34.33.83 W

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Romantic and dream-like! The framing of the nearest tree is wonderful! :)

(DUH! I just read the note - DREAM Mountain. ha ha I picked up on the 'dream' part!)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-22 9:56]

Hi Bob,
a fantastic capture!
Brilliant framing and composition.
And again, the B and W gives it a superb effect.
Well done,
Joey

This really does have a certain whistful feeling about it Bob. The FG branches kept sharply in focus help give your composition a bit more depth and a sense to me that such young men that you speak of are leaving their place of familiarity and into a place that is more unknown and perhaps a bit of fear and trepidation. Nicely done!

Your story transforms this otherwise innocent looking hillock into a mythical mountain, Bob.
Yes, certain places do acquire a different dimension through ritual and faith; we have them in plenty in India where Hinduism (the kind of religion that it is) bestows the material world with spiritual atributes that need to be held in reverence.
Talking of sacred mountains, have you heard of a shapely mountain named Macchhapucchare (pronunced Maw-chaw-poo-chaw-ray) in central Nepal? It is not one of the tallest but looks beautiful, resembling a fish-tail which its name stands for. Mountain climbers never step onto its summit under written agreement before obtaining permission to climb it. And they have to take a local Sherpa along to ensure they do not breach the agreement.
You can see the mountain here.

The black and white medium suits your picture since its history takes us back into time.
Thanks and regards.

Hi Bob,

great story to go with a great image. Focus can be over rated. you're right softening an image to convey a mood is perfectly acceptable.

I like it!

Gary

Hi Bob
Great shot the B&W give to the composition a fantastic dimension,
Well done, TFS Regards/Lawhill

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-25 0:12]

Hey Bob,
A very interesting mythical tale unfolded with picture crafted in balck and white hues to put the historical aspect in perspective.

I like the way you narrate, adding your personal experiences and thoughts and association with the subject of the photographs-to sum up a wonderful style of composition.As i read i could imagine the eagle eyes of the old man watching over.Also there's this ever present urge in man to explore the forbidden...
Well Done & TFS

Hello Bob
Superb!! This is a shot that is fantastic. Without your note it would be just a mediocre image but with the great note it is a story in an image. Thanks for sharing this one.

All the Best
Paul

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