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2500 to 4500
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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: 2006-02
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-07 8:51
Viewed: 3067
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here we are standing at what we roughly called our "base camp" at 2500 foot in elevation. Our base camp was a cabin which had water, electricity and telephone. It was owned by a group of people who called themselves "The Highland Circle", a 25 year old band of hippie left-overs from the 1960's

This base camp is near the Kettle River Valley Floor and I am facing NW looking up at a ridge line at 4500 feet which is about 2 times the distance to my smaller cabin, not seen in this image. You are looking through a rather nice sized Aspen, bare in winter...and on the top of the ridgeline you can see some sticks..which are actually 70 foot lodgepole pines that were burned during the 1988 Aeneas Creek Complex fire. During that fire which lasted 2 weeks, we were not allowed to drive up to our cabin because of the extreme fire danger, but with the luck of the Irish, our property was spared. The fire came only about 3 miles east of us and mostly over the ridgeline..

I took this image in our last winter in the wilderness and it was slowly approaching spring melt down in which all roads turn into pure mud down to about 3 feet making travel nearly impossible unless one leaves early in the morning while it is still frozen and returns very quickly.

I have priorities in my head...God, Family and my Wilderness in that approximate order:-) We were Blessed to be able to live there as "caretakers" in the old Indian use of the word, as they did not believe in owning property but only caretaking...from 1988-93 and from 1998-2006..it was our Church of the Wilds.

nglen, Silvio2006, siggi, eng55, CeltickRanger, LordPotty, Argus, ramthakur, haraprasan, Heaven, jusninasirun, Janice, writerscrawlz, Alex99, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-03-07 8:53]

Hi Bob !
Very beautiful landscape.
I love your pictures fosrte more.
Waiting and other beautiful pictures.
Have a nice weekend!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-07 9:00]

Hi Bob. You write good interesting words of wisdom . And a fine picture from a great POV looking out to your wilderness. Spring looked as if it was not to far away. I like the composition with the Aspen in the forground. well done TFS.

Ciao Bob, beautiful mountain landscape with splendid trees in FG, interesting note, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-07 9:50]

Hello Bob,
A beautiful landscape scene. Excellent exposure with the great colors and sharp detail. I love the mountain, and A great sense of depth to this scene. A nice one!
Best regards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-07 10:51]

Hi Bob,
Very beautiful landscape.POV,framing,DOF and composition are wonderful.
Have a great weekend!
Thanks for posting.

hello Bob

very beautiful landscape photography shot with always fine POV, DOF
and i love here the vertical framing, on this image i also love
the dominance of the blue colour tones, it gives to the image
a very peaceful scenery, i also love to read your notes, TFS


Hi Bob,
I like the idea of "caretakers".
I can identify with many of the old native American beliefs.They had a lot of respect for the earth on which we were born.
Your "Highland Circle" sounds pretty cool.
Wish I could have met all you guys back then. I was pretty much a hippie during the 80's, living part of the time at a commune in Murchison,in the mountains right in the middle of the South Island. The scenery there was a littlke different to this though.

Hi Bob,
Apologies for my belated reciprocation to your kind critiques on my recent picture I took during my visit to my native place in the Himalayas.
This is a great view from the cabin. All the elements in this picture right from the sombre sky to the trees in the foreground fit well into this vertical frame.
Thanks for sharing this lovely image from your archives.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-07 21:34]

Nice winter landscape Bob!
I like the composition with the FG trees adding to the perspective. Your note reminds us that we are supposed to be caretakers, not owners, of this planet like the N. American Indians said. One can speculate how much we care....
Have a good Sunday,

Namastay Bob,
A beautiful landscape. Very well composed with a nice view. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-08 3:14]

Bob, What a beautiful landscape. your picture always carry a msg. I remember my childhood days with such a lovely trees around and today they are all tall buildings. Ganesh

Hi Bob!

I'm touched by this delicate testimonial. The picture and the text suit very well and the former reflects the underlying melancholy of the latter. I like the dark, almost sad aspect of this picture very much and believe that you have spent a marvellous time of your life there.

Kind regards


Hi Bob,

Very nice view with the fg trees making very good perspective. The distant snow capped top is in very good sharpness against the moody sky.

TFS and best regards,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-03-11 2:42]

Hello Bob, I think your wilderness must have made you feel closer to God. And you were blessed by Him to be able to live there - yes, as caretakers - a good name. We do not own - we are allowed to look after that which God has given us - for a season.

You will be sad to hear that our weather is cooling down a little. The leaves are beginning to drop. This is the best summer we have had in many years.

It's a lovely landscape and thank you for sharing

Lovely composition - a bit of heaven on earth if you will. God's country, that's what this is. Love the view, the texture, and how this seems to go on forever - this is as I imagine Heaven is...

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-12 11:05]

Hi Bob.
I cannot take such nice shots when the weather is not so nice yet. I see you can all what you want at any weather. Sweet place, the most attractive POV and wonderful picture with amazing gamma of colour tones. I also like extreme DOF and details of the entire scene. Thanks a lot and best wishes.

Hi Bob,
beautifully captured atmosphere of spring approaching. I love the way you took all the elements into your frame like well arranged parts of a stage to create a pleasant depth from the foreground to the distant hills under a soft, heavily clouded sky. And I love the peaceful atmosphere created by subtle shades of grey.
With thanks, and best regards -
Jungian collective subconsciously,

P.S.: tastefully nice signature you are using.

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