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Hidden River and Tea

Hidden River and Tea
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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: 2006-06-14
Categories: River
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-11 14:28
Viewed: 3098
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This river was well hidden in thicket of about 1000 acres just north of Malo, Washington, in my wilderness. There was no official tag for this river so we call it "Hidden River" because it was so hard to find for someone who didn't know the area. And it is hard to get there without a machete..which I don't like to use...so we get all full of tics and burrs etc. I did carry my rifle here as it was a place not only for wild beast watering but for eating berries. Salmon berries and occasionally some type of red rasberry...and quite a bit of mountain water mint. We foraged for herbs here..just before the entry is a large meadow with hundreds of wild strawberries..those kind which are so very tiny but ever so flavorful...and it you mix some mint up with the berries, add a twig of yarrow and one leaf of mullein, in a quart mason jar and put it on your warm place in the fire stove or cookstove......and let it sit for say 2-3 hours...then pour it into a cup and add plenty of raw honey...it will be your most desired drink....ever! I guarantee it!That is if you can find wild strawberries because any other strawberry will not work..

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Very serene looking place, your hidden river Bob, dead logs and very live vegetation make a good counterpoint in this fine naturescape, even without your nice sounding and probably good tasting berry tea my friend, have a cup for me, will you?

Ciao Bob, great view of lovely river, splendid light and colors, wonderful POV, very well done, Happy Easter to you, ciao Silvio

Hi Bob, what a beautiful and charming place to drink a breakfast tea.. Nice to we also see here tahnks to you Bob.
TFS and happy Easter!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-04-11 15:31]

Hi Bob
It is nice to hear that hidden still exist,i which I new more of them.That is a great capture.good POV and sharp image ,very well composed.
TFS Michel
ps I just bought back yesterday the Woodstock festival album from 1969 in your image remind me of that great time.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-04-11 15:37]

Hi Bob,

I have a feeling that this spot holds some wonderful memories. Everybody should have a hidden place like this. A wonderful pov showing the river, the logs and the greenery. Can't get more natural than this. Wild Strawberry tea sounds yummy - wonder if that would help my knee.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-11 16:14]

Hi Bob,many thanks for tour comment in italian and many thanks for this very nice corner of nature,it seem taken in my country! Excellent Pov and perfect sharpness,have a great Easter my friend!!! Luciano

Hi Bob,
A lovely shot,and an intriguing recipe.
If I ever find lots of wild strawberries again I will definitely have to try it.

That's a beautiful scene, Bob. Your note was very descriptive and a joy to read. I hope someday to try your recipe!

I really like the variety of plant life here. The density of the foliage is evident, and the fallen timber shows the wildness of this place.

I have had only a few occasions trudging through the wild (I usually stick to marked trails), but a place like this is worth all the ticks and burrs one might pick up along the way -- well, burrs anyway. I'm still working on my appreciation of ticks.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-04-11 20:17]

Hello Neighbor,
Love your Hidden River, I can see why it would be hard to find with all that greenery surrounding it. I imagine there might be a bear or two visiting this out of the way place from time to time.
Your notes really made me hungry for your home made drink. I do find wild strawberries around here, but never in any great quantity. I'll have to copy your recipe for use at a later time. TFS.

Hello Bob,
A great discovery of hidden treasure in the wilderness you are living. I appreciate the current of river. Surprisingly the river has maintained its course over years due to thick vegetation around & has not caused soil erosion despite of current which is frequently seen in our surrounding due to floral destruction. TFS this wilderness. Once again, happy Easter to you & your family.
PS: Who has chopped off the fallen tree trunks (natural bridges for many species staying here)!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-11 21:39]

It looks like there is alot of water flowing in this small hidden river, perhaps it had been raining and this shows a lot of lush scrub. We get wild strawberries and raspberries, both small but tasty and we pick them for eating there and then, but the tea we don't have - sounds delicious.
Nice early summer scene from your archives Bob and TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-04-12 7:27]

Hi Bob.
What a nice, true three-dimensional shot of a very pictorial place. I like transparency of the image, crisp sharpness of every leaf and twig, tremendous reproduction of water stream and the tumbled down trunks of trees. Thanks for this charming photo poem.
Yours Alexei.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-04-13 6:26]

Hello Bob,
The title already is a promise of something interesting..and it is bien sūr!
I like these hidden corners where you find the true and natural things. The wild strawberries also grow on my meadow, but I never made some drink with it, because I'm eating them right on place:-)
Very well composed picture showing this very wild place.

Hi Bob,

The capture of the power of the current is an asset to the composition. The vegetation and the trees are a natural frame to the river. The point of view takes our eyes toward the trees in the background which is giving depth to the photo. The good lighting has a good effect on the colors of the scenery. Have a nice day.


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