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Aspens Pines and Orchard in Fall '05

Aspens Pines and Orchard in Fall '05
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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: 2005-09
Categories: Trees
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My Wilderness [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-10 5:31
Viewed: 3091
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture was taken with a Olympus E-100 Rapid Shot 1.5 Megapixel CCD not in my profile as I only took sports shots with it...with this exception. Because it was too pixilated using only 1MP I soften the picture with PSP Photo XI. The road in L Left was left in for perspective. Google Earth Full Version Lat Long 48.48N 118.41W

John Endicott, one of the early governors of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, is said to have brought the first apple trees to America from England in 1629

High as one can go 4000 feet in the Kettle Mountains by truck on this gravel and dirt road, are perhaps a dozen homesteads which are long ago abandoned. A small obscure fence installed by government agencies keeps the free ranging cattle from entering from the road. To go on to one of these 2000 acre parcels one must go by foot or by horse. We chose to venture only a short distance from the road, due to many rattlesnakes on the ground in this particular location.

It was indeed fall. Fall comes a whole month earlier at higher elevations. This was taken at 4000 feet on a road with no name, although it is graded once a year by men in large machines. For at the end of the road at 5000 feet, there is still one small family; A young man and wife, who chose to go through the harsh winters of snows as deep as 10 feet and temperatures well below zero.

Three apple trees among the aspen and pines are a particular secret place where my family went to pick apples if the deer didn't get them first. Old apple orchards survive many, many years after humans have abandoned them. They are heirloom apples because of age and because who brought them to this place early in the 1900's....the taller trees changing colors are aspen. Remaining trees are mixes of fir and pine. And because no people venture to this place on purpose, all of the wild grasses grow tall and dry in late summer, waiting for lightning to hit them. That is when disaster comes in the name of fire. There are no fire watch towers for many miles, so when a lightning storm hits at night and fires start, they are rarely caught very quickly...until it is too late and 5 miles downhill where people still live, smell the smoke of burning grass and dried wood.

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This is beautiful. Again it reminds me of a painting...the softness of the fog and the watercolor quality of the autumn tones melting together. The photo is cool and refreshing but warm and comforting at the same time. :)

hello bob,
beautiful picture, the colours are lovely, the effect of light is wonderful, looks like a beautiful painting,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Bob
What a great soft shot of this wonderful scene,
Great composition and lighting,Welldone.

Good Luck

Nice shot, well composed.
Good light and warm colors captured.

Breathtaking view. Beautiful atmosphere and gorgeous colors. WOW! TFS

it's really artistic, the trees and shrubs looks like naturally pointilized, really looks like a canvas painting, excellent presentation!

beautiful colors that contrast each other. There's a mood here that is one of serenity, one that says things will be okay. I love the softness of the mist and how the fall colors blend together to create a whole sense of one. Nicely done.

Well, whatever you used it gave this photo a wonderful textured effect. The colors are simply wonderful. I think I might have cropped off the bit of road at the bottom and the partial golden tree on the left side only because it splits one's attention between it and the main subject of the photo. That would center the subject a bit but perhaps not too badly. I'll try a workshop.

Evelynn : )

It is a great portrait ready to by a perfect
postcard I look sub real kind of magic like only you can capture well done Bob, TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

salut Bob

superbe photo aux couleurs automnales,
pour rendre la photo plus rustique
j'aurais recadré pour enlever ce bout
de route au bas à gauche de l'image

aussi je pense que l'on vois des poteaux de cloture
dans le même but, pour rendre l'image plus rustique
j'aurais retouché ces poteuax-là

très belle photo et VIVEMENT L'AUTOMNE



Photography means the painting or sketch by the lights. How it could be done properly, your picture can teach it. I am planning to take this photograph with your kind permission to use in my forth comming book on Composition and colour choice in photography.

Hi Bob,
A fine photo reminiscent of a fine art oil painting...An excellent scenic Autumn landscape with an outstanding portrayal of the apple trees...I've only tasted apples fresh off the tree when I was a kid living in Casper, Wyoming...No store bought variety can ever compare to the delicious taste of those apples...Very well captured...


This is a dream-like setting. The images are soft and the colors subdued. The fog follows from midground almost to the sky. Well done.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-12 7:34]

Hi Bob,
This is absolutely fabulous setting with amazing colours and sharp details. Wonderful atmosphere and nature at its artistic best. Love the colour tones and the freshness here. Enlarge it and hang it on your wall Bob, you should feel proud of it. Excellent POV to portray this majestic scene and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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