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Okanogan National Forest

Okanogan National Forest
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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: 2005-07
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Wilderness [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-01 6:15
Viewed: 5366
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Halfway up to Mount Elizabeth is as far an unequipped rig can go in the summertime. In winter I could not get to this location. This is looking east from 4000 feet over thousands of areas of firs, pines and granite mountains. the only "break" is a clear area owned privately by a very rugged and wrinkled old cattleman. A cattleman who looses 5 percent of his herd each year to Coyote packs and Cougar.

There were days when I felt a bit bored in summer....and so I grabbed my camera, turned on the 2 way radio for communication with my spouse in the cabin and took off uphill alone in the rig. I took with me 2 cans of beer and a sandwich of white bread, mayonnaise, lean ham and swiss cheese. The I reached a point about half way to the top, from where this picture was taken. I turned on the CD player softly playing a Mozart. I believe it was his Clarinet Concerto in A. And I watched, looked, listen and thought. This was the home of the Garden of Eden. Perhaps in history it may have been in Persia, but for me, this was the location.

In the wilderness there are very few days when one can just sit and contemplate. This particular day was one. It would have made no sense to anyone had I not had a camera with me. I take it as if it were my oxygen tank and I were a patient. And I leaned far out of the window and took this picture after carefully viewing through my viewfinder. It is a simple picture of a natural world; a place of dynamic change in geology, psychology, philosophy and every other word that ends in PHY. It is where I was meant to be for a time of my life, in order that I be able to share it with the rest of you.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-09-01 6:26]

With a little try I can imagine world without people. And when I look at your picture I can believe that I'm seeing this world just now.

I used to drive through the scenic areas here listening to Loreena McKennit. She soothes me. :)

Wonderful shot....there's a femininity to the rolling hills - landscapes are a lot like nudes of the planet. :)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-01 6:37]

LOvely! The many shades of green are fabulous and the composition (on the thirds) is perfect.
Wonderful notes as usual

Grand view, Bob. I like the darker tones in the foreground. The depth of view is excellent in this landscape picture.
TFS and regards.

Hi Bob

What a wonderful shot. the wildness and trees are what I long for and you have really caught them so very nicely here. I love the layers of greens in this shot.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-01 12:11]

Hi Bob. You have done it again with beautiful picture.you have set the scene. told the story and shown the picture. and a good one at that . great compostion. so many shades of green . as you say just miles of trees.my kind of view. well done TFs. Nick..

Hello Bob
The lighting on this is superb..the dark greens in the foreground and the haze in the background is superb..It makes me again want to stop and have my packed lunch!!
Your landscapes are superb bob and truly teaching me how to tackle my fist one..its an area that ive never attempted but your work is giving me insight and confidence to gie it a go!!
Warmest Regards

Hi Bob
I like your peaceful wilderness series. Great shots very good notes.
Very good job
I am waiting for more
Best wishes

Hi Bob,
Beautiful vista. Beautiful countryside. Fine color and POV. Very well captured. Thanks for sharing.


Lovely shot. The red flowers(?) on the foreground and the change of the green created a different vision.

Beautiful landscape. Your pics always amaze me. This is gorgeous the way it seems to fade into the bg makes you feel like it goes on forever. Great shot. TFS

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