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Palouse Black Cottonwood

Palouse Black Cottonwood
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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: 2008-11-10
Categories: Trees
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-11-11 7:17
Viewed: 2737
Points: 34
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I have been past this old farm many times. The two Palouse black Cottonwood actually line the driveway which I had not see before as it is a dirt and grassy covered road. These two stick out starkly in the middle of the farmed land. The homesteaders are of the original stock 3rd generation from the late 1800's. These Cottonwood are young ones at about 30 feet tall...They can be seen from quite the distance. Here I am looking SW towards the Columbia River Basin. In late fall most of the leaves are gone, and one can sense the coming of winter very soon. As a matter of fact, I took pictures of them in the snow last February. Here it is on TN as I took it then.

Black cottonwood is the largest and tallest of the poplars, growing 2'-3' (or more) in diameter and well over 100' tall with a broad open crown. The wood of the trunk is somewhat soft and whitish (*Only the California Sub Species, ours are dark brown), aging to gray, and deeply furrowed in older individuals. The leaves are ovate, sometimes almost triangular, alternate, dark green above and lighter beneath, finely serrate with rounded teeth. They are truncate to cordate at the base and acute to tapered at the apex, and are positioned on rounded petioles that are from 3/4" to 1-1/2" long.

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hello Bob

nice shot of these Cottonwood trees with fine POV,
they seem to be againt daylight (en contre-jour)
and i love that effect of them in dark silhouette
and the background being more clear, TFS


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-11 7:50]

Bonjour Bob, close to be neighbours and I can see that you are photographing trees too! I just posted a bark picture. Your picture is so beautiful, I know it's not that obvious to find the good pov to shoot such "simple" pictures of trees... well, mine are always surroundered by other trees ;-)) Yet, it is a great composition once more and beautifully lit. Thank you !


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-11-11 9:57]

Hola Sr. Bob.
There is a beautiful old Mexican song talking about two little trees singed by "Linda Ronstand" and Your photo brings a lot of memoires to me.
Great work here, against the back light.
Very artisitic.
Took two beers last night.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-11 10:58]

Hi Bob,
Very nice landscape.Well seen and composed.I liked DOF and 3D effect a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-11 11:46]

Hi Bob. I would think the two trees stand out on the flat open land. I see one tree has lost its leaves yet the other has not.I like the patterns in the green field at the top of the hill. well done TFs.

Well, I've heard of cottonwood trees, in a song somewhere, but didn't magine they really were trees.
Now I see they are, and they are a large Poplar no less. No wonder the wood is so soft.
Tres interessant.
Today I learn sumfink.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-11 14:27]

Hi Bob,

Another case of simple but beautiful. I'm wondering why the one has lost most of its leaves and the other is still pretty full. There is definitely a feel of the approaching winter. I love the row of pines(?) in the background.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-11 14:28]
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Hi Bob

A wonderful composition - symetrical and contrasting - excellent. It always makes me smile when Americans refer to 3 generations as old - in the village where I live, if you family has not been here since the Bronze Age, you are not considered local - and we only moved here in 1988!!

James :)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-11 15:01]

Hi Bob,this is a different way to show the automn,a really nice backlight,cold colors and great sharpness,another great idea,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

hello bob,
nice capture of the two trees on this flat land, the pov is fine and so is the composition, what make me think is the difference in the leafs in both the trees. looks like one is getting bald like me :-0).

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-11 19:56]

Hi Bob,
Yesterday looks like it was grey and dull, just like we had today. A classic Shannon image, very nice work my friend.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2008-11-11 23:20]

a very nice landscape shot here Bob,
fine composition with the two trees in the centrum, very nice composition and a good quality, thanks for sharing.
regard jaap

Hi Bob
A nice couple of trees.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-12 3:52]

Hello Bob,
This looks a bit like the bleak landscapes around here at this time of year. I like your focus on the two Cottonwood trees with the line of pines in the distance. A beautiful hint of colours too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

A fine pair of landscapes on that pair of cottonwoods Bob, showing them quite pleasantly from different aspects and moods. The present capture looks a little like an old deguerrotype to me, did a WS on it on monochrome, hope you like it my friend.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-12 22:53]

Hello Bob, This is a brilliant moment and a superb landscape. Ganesh

Hello Bob

An interesting composition.
The starkness of the almost silhouetted trees against the well lit back drop is very good.
Very good POV and DOF.
Another lovely landscape.


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