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Almost Cascade of Colors

Almost Cascade of Colors
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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: 2005-09
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, 50mm/f1.4
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Wilderness [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-05 6:41
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Every season has it's positives and it's negatives, but each dependent on the observer. Some people choose to see all positive and nothing negative. Others the opposite yet the majority will see something of a balance. Balance is almost an impossibility when it comes to natural cycles and reality vs. illusion. Are we having a global warming? Or are we ready to go into a new ice age? Everyone has a notion. Some care nothing about it.

The above picture was taken 2 years ago in the middle of fall in the Pacific NW Wilderness Mountains. It is in a mountain valley at 1800 feet elevation and rises, in the photo, to what are called the Okanogan Highlands. These are followed by another very narrow valley and then go up higher into what is known as the Cascade Range where Mt Rainier, Mt Baker, Mt Hood, My Adams and Mt St Helens dominate. The Highlands in this picture rise to 6000 feet give or take a few hundred here and there...nothing exact.

In the foreground to give perspective and height you see dried Yarrow, the darker of the browns among the dried grasses and weeds. Yarrow is a noxious weed and an herbal cure. If you eat cattle, then it is noxious to them hence less quality. If you are more of a vegan, then yarrow is an important plant for you. It heals and clots wounds, which refuse to do so otherwise. It helps a women in a particular heavy time of a month and can stop internal bleeding if taken in an infusion.

In the rising background are the evergreens, which are aptly named for they retain their needles and remain green unless there is a wildfire...or a catastrophe of pine beetles which destroy them. And in transition are the smaller aspens which have already turned golden. For it is coming......the snow. The cold. The lowest of seasons celebrated mostly inside...and it will come again in a few short weeks....my how time flies...and to think I had the long time pleasure of this being my home...

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Wonderful landscape - so many graceful curves and so many wonderful waterpaint colors. The variations of lighting throughout the photo add to the depth and overall beauty. :)

Hello Bob,
I find this landscape very attractive, with the mix of open fields and evergreens!
The autumn colours don't harm either, the few but shining bright yellow trees add nice contrast...
A well composed image with good lines, sharp fine details!
Pablo -

hi bob,
nice to see your post after a week, this is a lovely landscape shot, the beautiful layers look nice, liked the pov and the composition too,nice framing,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Bob,
A beautiful scenic vista with great POV...Well captured...


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-05 8:42]

Hi Bob. Your landscapes are building a picture in my mind of area you live in and it looks a beautiful place. my eyes are taken up into the hills on this one.A very good range of colours.and detail.
well done TFs. great notes to read.

Hello Bob
Very intersting lighting here,
Perfect composition and DOF,
Superb shot,Great note.


Hi Bob,
A wonderful fall colored landscape which looks to be the central part of Washington state. I like the wonderful warm colors alot especially there were the sun illuminated them.
Your knowledge of the plants that grow there is great and of very good use to us all.

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-08-05 12:56]

beautiful landscape, good colours and sharpness. Have a nice day! Carme.

Watching something closely is the reality. And see it from a distance is the illusion. Let us think of a show. When you see your wife is returning home on a bicycle through the meadow, her pink gown and straw hat is flashing like her smile; it is illusion and you are thinking to hug her. But when she is in front of you with the punctured bicycle, which she had to ride while returning from market and the condition forced her not to go to the shop to purchase your cig, ..... then what you will feel is the reality. How you will encore that, the picture can help you.

Hi Bob,
An excellent landscape. The many layers from bottom to top look great. Colors and tones look excellent across the entire composition. Good sense of depth. Beats the landscape around here all to @&$#


Sounds like you are missing the old homestead and I can see why. Isn't it nice to have the photos though? I do like the autumn tones here and the sunlight on the aspen. Seems that pine beetle is laying waste to great swaths of landscape all over the west. I know that nothing stays the same but it is still hard to witness.

Thanks for sharing
Evelynn ; )

Wow, this shot takes my breath away, Bob!
At the cusp of the sunlit zone in the upper half of the frame and the shadowed one in the lower half stand those three golden yellow trees that make my day.
I am absolutely floored by the sheer beauty of this grand landscape.
Many thanks for sharing this masterpiece, my friend.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2007-08-05 23:34]

Hi Bob!

Once again, a deep and inspiring combination of the picture and the text. English is not my mother-tongue, but reading your texts is pleasant and fascinating. I almost forget to look at your picture then, but feel that I already have it in me and also feel the interaction between them.

With my pictures, I also do slideshows. I don't only use music to underline them, but also texts I write. Some people - even most of them - like this and think it's an improvement for the show. A few think they are too much conducted by the text and their liberty of interpretation is reduced. I personally think that it simply depends of what we want: express with a picture and a text our feelings and try to send a defined message, or leave it up to the spectator which message he can get from the picture.

I like your deep comments that accompany your pictures.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-06 9:46]

Hello Bob,
WHat a fantastic scenery! I love the DOF, the sharpness and the colours in this magnificent shot. Those rolling hills are amazing!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Beautifully described Bob. I've used Yarrow myself on a few occasions; primarily as a tea.

The colours..... man oh man. Out of this world, my friend.
What on earth are you putting in your morning coffee???
Your images are truely getting RICHER AND RICHER.!!!
Your Canadian Buddy.

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