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Century Marker

Century Marker
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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: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-05
Categories: Trees
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-06 7:16
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Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
If those who know me and my pictures, know anything after the wilderness of my last 16 years, it is the new founded Palouse which I was forced to discover out of health issues...and without a wilderness I had to think how hard would it be to take pictures other than go back into the photojournalist phase..and that was old school....There are now many new natural wonders for me in this place I came to...in a city but only minutes from a vast grassy prairie and less to a wildlife refuge set up particularly for birds but inhabited both mammals as well...

This image is taken on an area of the Palouse...Wiki does a pretty good job at describing the Palouse..it lacks in some areas and perhaps overdoes other areas...this due to the fact that few other than Native American Indians and farmers, have ever thought to explore...and that means me..I am an old time 'explorer'..and even an Explorers as in Boy Scout terms...

On a ride with Jane, who is now recouping fine from a serious bout with pneumonia, we traveled a bit further down a road we had never taken. My spare tire is iffy and there are not turn-offs here...and many blind curves and all the Palouse looks alike. Having a GPS has now become a thing of the past as we become used to the Palouse and a bit better plotted as to the suns unusual arch in this northern latitude.

We are on a dirt road and out of nowhere....as in out of the blue...we rounded a corner and came upon a lone and very old Ponderosa Pine. My expertise in this area is a bit iffy but my knowledge of Boy Scouts told me this tree was 95 feet tall. And considering certain Pines.....grow at certain rates over a number of years...which makes this pine about 85 years old and that is a conservative guess...it could be as much as 100 years old..That means essentially that at least some of the remaining Nez Perce Indians lived here to see this pine and perhaps it was a marker point in which they measured time and location...There is no evidence of any other pines in any other place withing a half mile of this location. the farmhouse in eh corner..I decided to leave it in, as I know it to be built sometimes in the 1950's...until then this area was completely devoid of residence and this one is a rare sight.

If you have gotten this far in notes...and many do not...you will know that some consider it not kosher to put the main subject directly centered in an image. Well...toss out those rules..I did it because this is the way it looked best....it is almost a natural mandala..a place of meditation and calm. I feel privileged to picture it..almost a gift from the Creator...and you should know that you more than likely will never see this other than here....

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Hello Bob

It is a beautiful view,I have been google mapping recently and looking in on your area via old satellite images,so I can get a better feel for the Palouse.
I wish they had better resolution available.
The colours are super,the golden grasses contrast the big blue sky nicely.
Sometimes the rule of thirds has to be bent a bit for effect.
A beautiful image Bob,it is great to be able to trek albeit through your images ,out there with you.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-06 7:54]

Wow! It looks like a great painting my friend! The light is fabulous andyou composed it like a maestro! Well done, thanks!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-06 7:57]

A central composition with this lonely pine on the Palouse, but I can't think of a better alternative way of conmposing it. We can see both the pine and the autumnal landscape well in great lighting. A lovely view and it's good to hear that Jane is recovering well Bob.
All the best,

(Great election result, I think the world has a chance!)

You are right Bob, this majestic but lone Ponderosa is really a frame-filler deserving to be in the middle of things, certainly of nature. The ordinary rules of composition were established, I'm sure, without taking the creative forces of nature into consideration, so they do not apply here. Those clouds also seem to honor your decision my friend!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-06 8:25]

Hello Bob,
I'm glad Jane is now recovering and just today they announced on the radio here that it's been discovered that Lactic acid bacteria in 'Sauerkraut' have shown to be a perfect cure for Pheumonia! But I believe that nature is as good a cure as many and you obviously had a very fine day out! This Pine looks very proud and beautiful in the middle of the fields and against a lovely blue sky!
Many thanks and all the best wishes, Ulla

A lovely old Ponderosa on a golden sea of grass.
Looks like a great place to lie in the grass and look up at the tree and clouds.
In the botanic gardens in Christchurch we had a big old Sequoia.I used to drop an acid tab and climb to the top.There was a flat area of branches at the very top where you could stand and see the whole city right over the arts centre roof.
When it was windy,it would sway like crazy and scare the pants off us!
Those were the days :)

Hi Bob,

Beautiful coloured picture.
Only the tree is a little centered.
Nice contrast between the sky and the golden prairy.


Hello Bob! Amazing lonely tree. Nice light and colours. Good POV and capture. Original picture. Good luck!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-06 11:39]

Hello Bob,

Looking at your photo I am asking myself if the tree feels lonely there in the prairie. I think the tree, like you I suppose, is happy to be there. I think this due to the beauty of your image. Only somebody loving the place can find such beautifull viewes.

Thank you for sharing photo and thoughts,

Ciao Bob, I like a lot this splendid great tree standing alone in a wonderful landscape, beautiful sky and superb colors, very well done, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-06 15:41]

Hi Bob,this pic seem taken in the Tuscany's hills in september! Very very nice landscape,i like a lot this alone tree in a orange ground,excellent eye to take a situation like that,my best compliments ,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Bob, you captured this centered lonely and elder tree in this beautiful golden coloured environment that it is totaly have a wonderful message to the viewers. TFS this fine and expressive capture...


Dear Bob,
The confident centurian Pinus species stands out well against a savannah like scenario all around& a blue sky BG. TFS.

You might appreciate, The family Pinaceae evolved in the northern hemisphere during the early Cretaceous or Jurassic Period of the Mesozoic Era, 130 to 200 million years ago and by the late Cretaceous the genus Pinus had already differentiated into haploxylon and diploxylon subgenera. They have flourished and evolved into about 120 species and subspecies world-wide, still almost all in the northern hemisphere. Only one species (P. merkusii) extends about one degree south of the equator in Sumatra. They grow from desert edge to rain forests and from sea level to mountain treeline. The country with the most species of pines is Mexico, which has approximately 60 species and subspecies, followed by the United States (about 45 ) and China (about 21). The Mexican highlands have been an evolutionary center for new pine species. Refer: Pine Tree


A rare and beautiful treat from the Father Bob. Put there for you to find and share with the love of your life. I am so happy to hear that Jane is feeling better... prayers answered my friend. Your notes make the whole image even more special and yes... I read to the end... ;) There are no rules... just guidelines... and sometimes it behooves all of us to get a little creative (or go against the guidelines) and do something different... :) Look at the Father's creation... somethings He centered and somethings He didn't... ;)


I vibe with the mandala you have sensed and captured in this beautiful autumnal landscape image, Bob. I find the pine tree at the center working wonders for my own mind too.
This is a lovely and unique picture for its vibrant colors too and I love it.
Hope Jane is keeping well now.
Take care and all the best.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-11-06 20:16]

Beautiful scene Bob,
I actually like the centered shot, sometimes it doesn't hurt to bend the rules a little. The colors are gorgeous, especially that bright blue sky. You know as well as I do about those gray Ohio skies.
I can definitely in-vision early tribes camped out on the hill in the back ground. You could be right about them using this lone pine tree as some kind of a marker.

Nice notes and a beautiful tree! Exellent shot, and absolutly a good perspective! I like how the tree is centered, and the sky looks peaceful, and the grass has a light breeze. Thanks for sharing Bob! Cheers Josh Lewis.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-06 23:49]

Hi Bob.
Thanks for amazing piece of nature and sweet colours. Superb grass carpet, amazing blue sky with attractive clouds, impressive alone tree and great work of my dear friend. Bravo and TFS.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-07 1:38]

Hello Bob, Tree standing in a middle against lovely Blue sky. Excellent landscape and lovely sorroundings. Ganesh

and this one will be the 3th in last critique
for today to your photos Bob,

great landscape shot with your Fuji, as usual i always love your POV's,
in this image great contrast between the warm and colod colour tones,



Hy Bob
This lonely pine standing in the middle of the field, alone, ignoring the passing time.I read that is better to avoid to put the subject in the middle of the picture. But I imagine that if you would try to put this impresive pine somewere in the right corner, the effect woul not be the same: probably because you will have to fill more space with the rest of the landscapeor the middle point will be the sky. So, I imagine that the impresiveness (right word?) of this magnificent tree will dissapear. So, a perfect peace if art.
Kind regard,
PS: sorry for my englsh, but I am at wwork and I am in hurry to go home.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-11-07 11:31]

Hi Bob,
very apt use of the central composition here my friend, showing that the 'rules' are not always right! A lovely potrayal of an area that i have come you think of as 'yours'. Wilderness is an expression that i think many do not really understand. Wilderness, i think, can be found growing down in the cracks of a pavement, or at the bottom of an overgrown ditch...i guess it's all one's perception of scale..

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-08 14:29]

What an awesome shot!!!
The huge tree looks so imposing.
Very good composition.
Excellent sharpness.
Well saturated colours - did you use a polariser?
Great work!


See...there you go again...creating that feeling of aloneness with your shot - a sense of solitude - not necessarily a solitude of sadness - more one of strength.

Hi Bob,

The tall tree is like a guardian of the golden colored field. The point of view leads our eyes toward the hill in the background which is giving depth to the photo. The picture is clear and sharp. The colors are enhanced by the quality of light. Have a nice day.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-14 3:27]

Hi Bob,
I agree that this old, huge and beautiful pine tree looks good in the center of the frame. I like the well saturated colors, light, DOF, layers and the composition. TFS
Have a nice weekend,

Hi Bob,
I looked through your gallery & found some remarkable color here.
This lone pine stands strong & true.
I hope that's enough of a "statement" for ya :)
Well done!

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