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No Pain

No Pain
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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: 2006-04-12
Categories: River
Camera: LeicaDLUX4
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-26 18:06
Viewed: 2999
Points: 24
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Pain...it never seems to lessen no matter how much I try. I walk and walk till my heart beats at 120 per minute and then I rest...and maybe again two more times during the day...and I feel as though I have done something...but then a few days later the pain sets in.....and it is worse..

In my wilderness I took pictures, as this one of Curlew Creek in spring...and there was no person near me....only me, the car and 10 miles to a town up a mountain valley also empty.

Hard to tell you how many acres this county of Ferry holds, but it numbers in the hundreds of sq miles and in that only 6000 people live....most in one city named Republic 20 miles S of this Creek.

From this point I have seen everything imaginable in the wilderness, from the rough and tough wild mountain cougar...to a small pheasant...and from a man one year catching a Rainbow Trout, to a rattle snake crossing the gravel.....the list is long.

THIS is my wilderness...now only in my memories...God knows how much I would love to be young once more and do it all again....the world of wilderness nature gave me oxygen..it gave me hope and it gave me strength...until that day when I broke my back....and as I have said before...man against nature...nature will almost always win if you keep playing the game...

May you all be Blessed this day and may your futures hold all that you wish for.....but this? It is not a wish. If you have strength, money and courage...you too can do this....I promise.

I must go to bed now...Night has set...Tomorrow I shall see you...in the morning..

ISO 320
130 mm on a Sigma
Hand Held by the Grace of God

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Ciao Bob, lovely and peaceful composition with beautiful river, wonderful natural colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Bob

beautiful and peaceful scenery of this river with its beautiful
blue colour tone that is doing excellent contrast with
the ground's colour tones, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-27 15:51]

Hi Bob,this pic seem taken in my country...same water,same fields.....but i haven't your class to choose the best pov like you.And another time the sharpness and the colors are impressives!! My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

Please don't pen notes like this, Bob, you scare me!
You're always a person who has lead from the front, kept us together!
So a almost sad note from you, scares me!
A lovely shot, very crisp and detailed, my friend!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-28 12:59]

Hi Bob
Lovely landscape.beautiful pov and lovely colors.That is a very sad note Bob,my approach now is to be happy with what I have nowand keep good souvenir of the past.
TFS Michel

Hi Bob,

The curve of the creek is an asset to the composition. The dry grass is framing well the creek. The point of view is showing the power of the water moving fast. A good management of the light which is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi Bob,
you add a melancholic note to a quite joyous picture of your favorite river. I humbly suggest that you change your philosophy: instead of saying "Too bad I can't do it anymore" you should think "Fortunately I did it while the going was good". I'm 68, and I saw that my Pamir trip on bicycle was limit-limit physically. I will not be able to continue my dream to travel the Silk road on bike through Tibet. But hell, I have lots of pictures and a good computer, there is not one day (at home) where I don't look at some of them.

I add a story about my old zoology professor crippled with a back pain. To his complete amazement the ailment disappeared by itself with age. That's gerontology, not theology. There are some good things ahead for us old guys!

My best wishes to you, Bob, and keep on sending those slides .

Hi Bob,

Good to hear of you, nice notes.
this looks like an nice and peaceful sceney with fine colours.


Hi Bob...

I do not have to tell you this Bob... we are getting stronger not weaker... where it counts. Many more glorious adventures ahead for us... and without the pain. :)

Let this creek you have pictured here be the symbol of "living water" and let's bathe in it for all of eternity.

Wonderful, meaningful capture... note how the ebge of the creek... that part of the land running along the creek is vibrant and green. :)


Hi Bob,
simply beautiful, that lively river winding its way through dry land. Very refreshing to look at. A pleasure to see in mid summer.
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you,

P.S.: Thank your for your visit to my recent posting, and your kind and wise words on "backdrop".

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2009-08-28 0:17]

Hi Bob,
No Pain
No Gain
But I don't know where I read this.
Here the water looks floating that is floating
It attract me as I shot a small water chanal that looks like a river.
Beautiful shot.


Hello Bob,
Great sentiments & very well expressed. This is an amazing composition with dry flora reflecting apoptosis in the midst of plenty (....water i.e. why I would lebel it "Programmed Cell Death"-also called Apoptosis). Hope you are fine. I back from my vacation but heading for 2 weeks physician duty at Goa. Trust all is well.
Regards-Subhash Ranjan

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