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Nature and Age Trump Man

Nature and Age Trump Man
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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: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06
Categories: Trees
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Wilderness [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-29 6:03
Viewed: 3150
Points: 22
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A long time ago, a large limb of a cut tree was nailed in between two 30 foot pine trees. The nails and ends of this limb are hidden on the barks of both pines now. They have grown 40 feet taller and much larger around the girth. In some unusual way, the cut limb became a connection between the two trees and remained there for 75 years. Trees sometimes naturally grow together on their own, a process known as inosculation. Arborsculptors are people who love trees and patiently grow tree "experiments", but this was not done by an arborsculptor.

In 1910 a homesteading family lived on this piece of wilderness property. At the time there were no boundaries and the homesteaders were not legal owners, but 'squatters' in a mountain area which was populated by huge trees, rivers, streams and animals....living among what few native Americans still hunted there.

"The Flowers Family" cut timber for railroad ties which they sold for 10 cents each. They lived in a small homebuilt log cabin, long deteriorated and buried in heavy brush and bush. The family didn't last more than 2 years, cleared out and passed with illness due to hard work, little food, no money to save and the harshest of winters with temperatures reaching as cold as 50 degrees below zero.

The flowers cabin was built under 6 rather tall pine trees. today those 6 trees are 70 feet tall. After we purchased this wilderness land, we never thought once of cutting those tall trees. We called them "6 Trees 6". It is not known nor thought that anyone else had ever named them. It was simply a place and name we described because they stood out for miles above the tamaracks and firs.

Picture is the limb nailed between 2 of the 6 trees 75 years ago. There is no story of the reason the family nailed it there...perhaps for a swing...or more likely a place to hang fresh killed game. When we left the property, we also left the limb and trees as they were when we first came.

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Great nature shot of the forest...Outstanding contrasting colors...You have a way with landscape photos showing them from a POV that makes them interesting...Well captured...TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-29 6:12]

Hi Bob. Once again a very interesting story about the trees.a fine shot to archive a piece of history. a nice compostion and detail in the bark. with natural colours. well done TFS.
Have a good week ahead.

Great textures and colors. There's a coolness and comfort to this composition. I could sit under these trees and eat a sandwich. :)

As usual, wonderful notes!!!

Hi Bob.
Interesting note with a great image. Looks as if the limb between is breaking up after all those years. Wonderful detail in the bark and greens.

New Zealand

hi bob,
lovely capture of the forest full of lush greens, the notes are as usual very good, nice composition, lovely natural colours,
tfs & regards

Hi Bob, one more a great shot, and the note is very interssant, thank you Mister Bob

Interesting picture and an equally interesting story attached to it, Bob.
What appeals to me in this image is the power of nature, which goes on doing its work, irrespective of and indifferent to the ravages of time.
TFS and regards.

Beautiful landscape, well composed shows great details, that 85mm made wonders in your hands
well done Bob, and TFS.

Regards Lawhill

Hello Bob,
great tale, I think that with your comment also a grey stone would be an interesting matter.
Tomorrow I'll go on mountains, I hope to come back with a fat loot...

Great notes Bob!
Excellent record shot!
Nice positioning and depth of field!
Where is my teeth?


The picture reminds me my old Darjeeling town, the place where our two generations spend their time and my father's birth place. The tall trees, moss and less disturbed green on the backdrop of Kanchanjangha and other snow peaks....Your pictures are never a dumb piece of work and so your stories. I am learning from you.
(For your kind information, my only better half is also fall in love with your pictures and note).

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