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Where Weather is Made

Where Weather is Made
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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: 2005-08
Categories: Sky
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Wilderness [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-28 6:05
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have frequently said that the wilderness mountains are the place weather is created. This particular sky, taken at 3500 feet in the heavily treed Okanogan National Forest, is a good example of my notion. These are Cumulonimbus clouds which usually indicate rain. Native Americans knew and understood the earth and it's symbols in weather eons before white men set ashore. I was one to read everything I could about Native Americans. It is still a passion of mine. At one time I was named, honorably by a Hopi Elder Grandmother, Earthspeaker. I still go by that name in some close circles of the Rainbow Nation.

I stood and watched these clouds grow as Earthspeaker. They appeared to grow from my only horizon upwards fast, as though they had resulted from cataclysmic event....yet they did this each time I saw them in the highlands. At times these clouds did indeed bring moisture. Sometimes not. On this particular evening, the sun was setting fast as the clouds rose, in opposing directions...so I waiting quietly watching until the sun had disappeared enough, then took my picture.

My father followed weather before I did and past it along to me in oral tradition of Native Americans. I learned to watch for signs and when none appeared, I simply look for enjoyment. Many times these pictures remind me of songs I had written during my lyrical years...

Rain falls down from wrenching god's made angry. Only placate ways are hid in Bibles.
Thoughtful words forgotten long ago redeemed by precious few in smaller circles.
Payments due. Next in line. Stand before the Captain.
Back again. Try once more. Life in countless circles.
Stole their land, killed the lame. Put the rest in fences.
Send the guards. Keep them safe.
Buffaloes do dances.

-Buffaloes Dance (c)Bob Shannon 1986
Limited Edition Cassette and vinyl Out of Print

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-28 6:09]

Hi Bob,
just been camping in the New Forest!
The silhouette of the trees are brilliant.
Sharp with excellent lighting.
Well done,

WOW! Great notes first of all....wonderful lyrics.
A beautiful shot...wonderful use of light.
Just beautiful. :)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-28 6:38]

You do the sky and I do the earth today -- amusing!
Outstanding details in the clouds and sky -- fabulous image! superb notes

Hi Bob.
Wonderful image and notes.
The exposure and detail is superb. Love the composition using the trees to give the image scale.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-28 7:46]

Hi Bob,
A stunning shot with such astonishing clouds cover. The light behind the dark clouds create a fabulous effect making it look ravishing. The silhouetted trees add beauty and balance too. Wonderfully done........and the lyrics is so thoughtful, just love it (will definitely make a copy of it and keep it close to my heart). Superb composition. Kudos.

Bob, this picture is so beautiful it leaves me stunned with ecstasy. It is just impossible to describe its appeal in cliches.
So thank you very much once again for making my day, my friend.
Warm regards.

Hello Bob
Intersting scene with a great poem attached,
Fantastic colors and POV, Superb shot.

Good Luck

Hello Earthspeaker,
A wonderful sky image!
It is amazing how the setting sun gives silver linings to the clouds...
A well exposed and well composed image!
Pablo -

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-08-28 11:04]

Hi RobAs usual note and image are very good.That light hitting the cloud's is just fantastic.
TFS Michel

Hello Bob,

Fantatic, well balanced image with amazing contrasts in colour and line. Great lyrics.



difficult not to stop on Bob's photograph, they are very special with a true signature, thank you for your job Bob

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-08-28 14:29]

Hi Bob,
excellent capture of the forming storm. It is such a magical moment watching Mother Nature explode with beauty and force. Very well done. Interesting note.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-08-28 17:14]
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Hola Sr.Bob.- Cuantas bellas fotos encuentro en su galeria. He estado ocupado con labores en el rancho y no habia tenido oportunidad de ver su galeria. Esta foto es muy bella y con una nota escrita muy bella. Reciba Ud un saludo de mi parte desde Mexico. Luis52.

Today I enjoyed two different formations of clouds. One is from Angybone and the next from you. Clouds are always in favour of the poets or the poets are intimate to the clouds, the debate is no need to elucidate unless thunder-storm affects. I can't sing but I tried to sing after watching the photograph and reading the 'Buffaloes Dance.

Hello Bob,
there is something you didn't do in your life? This shot is a creation of a balance between the dark and the light. The weather is not made, but only free...

WOW! Breathtaking. Amazingly beautiful capture. TFS

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-29 12:12]

Hi Bob. Being a person who finds it hard to put my feelings in to words some times. i will just say this is Awesome. I can feel the storm is on the way. the detail in the clouds are brilliant. very well done TFS. great read in the notes again.

I will be back PT

bonjour Bob

comme d'habitude tes notes sont superbe et très utile
ta photo de paysages aussi superbe avec ses nuages
et la lumière du soleil, juste une chose dans la partie
superieure droite de la photo (en haut) j'aurais retouché
cette ombre noire, TFS


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