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Cold Blue Confluence

Cold Blue Confluence
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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: 2005-01
Categories: River
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Wilderness [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-15 2:16
Viewed: 3305
Points: 34
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It seems as though no matter what season we are living in, we look forward to the next one with just as much anticipation as we did the last. As I type this notation it is extremely hot and dry. Bees are buzzing about and stinging anything that comes in their way. They know their life cycle is coming to an end and they are slowly dying of thirst.

As quick as I go to sleep one night and wake up in the morning, it will be fall and as I grow tired of that colorful season I wish for winter and Thanksgiving in the US and Christmas. That is the season of hibernation for many animals or for animals of the biped human variety it can mean chopping wood and stoking fires while sitting in the cabin, wondering when spring would arrive. It is an endless cycle that will break only when we humans manage to annihilate ourselves or perhaps one day the sun will refuse to shine...or perhaps there really is a forever....

On one winters mid day, the fog still rather low, the creek still frozen in part, I took this picture of a season. It is a creek of many names, a confluence of several creeks which come from 5 different mountains in the area. It is also a wetlands area because beaver have settled in. I frequented this spot because of the wildlife which I had seen so many times before. But today there was nary a peep nor a twit nor a snap of a branch. It was a still scene of Norman Rockwell without the human characters. Can you smell the split pea soup I have on the wood stove? It simmers all day with ham hocks and dill weed....and the smell of fresh bucked pine?

Seasons: Winter
Out walking in the frozen swamp one gray day
I paused and said, 'I will turn back from here.
No, I will go on farther- and we shall see'.
The hard snow held me, save where now and then
One foot went through. The view was all in lines
Straight up and down of tail slim trees
Too much alike to mark or name a place by
So as to say for certain I was here
Or somewhere else: I was just far from home.
-Robert Frost

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Hi Bob,
Yes I can smell the split pea soup when looking at your wonderful photo. When I look at these obvious seasonale photos I am always remembered that those below the equator are probably looking forward to our current season and we to theirs.
This is a perfect winter scenery, with the virgin white snow nicely covering the shoreline of this natural creek. I really like the clear reflection in the water section and the blurred reflection on the ice. This feels like a real tranquil place.

Hello Bob,contrast between the white of snow and the very dark blue of water is very pretty, it is splendid a shot.Cheer,TFS

Hi Bob,
Brrrrrrrrrrr!!! Excellent POV with an oustanding reflection. I have never seen snowy blues complimented with natural earthtones in the foreground before. Do you know some special trick to get this effect? Very well done. A fantastic photo.


It does look wonderfully cold and magical. When I used to live in town, I'd go running through the neighborhoods early in the mornings. I would love running in the winter (though a Texas winter is something you folks would just scoff at) and smelling breakfast cooking in the homes.

Great shot...love the blues against the whites. There's a quality to your photography that I can't describe but it's amazing. Thank you for taking the time to share these with us.

Not looking forwards to this myself but it is a gorgeous view none the less! Great color contrasts and a very chilly feel to it. TFS

I love the notes here as well as the photo. The photo is enough to cause chills, especially with the shadows, reflection, and the cold color of snow. Still, there's so much life that is sleeping in this shot, just waiting to burst to life in the spring. This is an excellent shot that creates a mood - and if it wasn't so hot, this is what I could see staring at while drinking a cup of hot chocolate. I love this, exposure and all. :)

This is a perfect exposition you manage to show
the inexplicable, the reflections and the blues tones
I don't even try to explain with
words this shot, KUDOS, well done.
TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Hello Bob.
Cold is a perfect description for this one. Good composition. I like the soft, almost monotone colours. Great reflections. And the contrast of the little frozen tufts of grass on the left. Very beautiful. Well done.
Best regards, Steve.

very beautiful bob!like in a tale.like in narnia for example!wonderful!
thanks for my eyes!

'I will turn back from here.
No, I will go on farther...'- Robert frost wrote and we read. Your picture shows and we see.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-16 5:45]

Hi Bob,
an excellent capture.
Superb atmosphere.
Well done,

This is a superb image Bob with fabulous colours. Wonderful POV and reflections. It almost feels this cold in Adelaide, Australia at the moment.

Well, I agree in part. So far I have never grown tired of autumn. It never seems to last long enough. This shot is really nice Bob. The limited palette along with the lovely lines and curves make it a striking image. I like the mood you captured.

Evelynn ; )

Hello Bob
This is a wonderful scene you captured,
Perfect compo,lighting and sharpness,
fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot.

Good Luck

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-17 11:46]

Hi Bob,
Wonderful scene with such soft colour tones and calm environment. I like the way you have portrayed the feeling of solitude in this chilling frame and the majestic reflections of the icy vegetation. Excellent POV to capture this tranquil setting and very nicely composed. Kudos.

You've captured such a sense of peace and calm here. I can almost feel the crisp cool air even though it's over 80 degrees here now! The curve of the creek with it's almost figure eight shape make for an interesting compostition, well done.

Dear Bob!
This picture really suggest that the winter is comming :)
Lovely composition with fine details and very nice "cold" colours. I really do not like this period of year (I strongly prefer warme months :>) but on the other hand I have to say that it is a great pleasure to watch this beautiful photo.
TFS and my best withes for you and your wife!

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