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Overlooked at Christmas

Overlooked at Christmas
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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: 2007-12-22
Categories: Trees
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/235 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TreeBark [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-23 4:36
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Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red and green are the holiday colours...or perhaps now with red cardinals...or squirrels with snow..but one of the most photographed trees at other times of the year are Aspen. After fall and the loss of leaves, they hide in and among other shrubs and trees...as if they are dead or sleeping until spring.

There is a tremendous beauty in all of nature....even in the winter bark of Aspen. So today I present the base of an Aspen tree which could not hide it's natural patterns and colours from me. I scouted it out and captured it while it was looking the other way.

This is a Quaking Aspen...on the edge of the prairie land. It is with two or three others in a small oasis of flora, now cycling into winter. Aspen come back in early spring and are the trumpets call of warmer weather. When new leaves form, they are a light green and can be seen against the landscape rather well...and they turn a deeper green as summer comes and passes...All summer they shimmer and wave in the winds...so the best of seasons cheer to the Aspen, who we must not forget this time of year.

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Hello Bob,
I'm everything but seasoned in trees. I realized in Africa trees, grasses, etc. are wonderful things. I regret I do not have the time-stupid excuse-to know them better or at least photograph them.
TFS your Christmas tree:-)
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-23 5:00]

Hello Bob,
I have always be intriged by aspen and thier lovely bark. You image and works are well recieved. You ain't heavy, your my brother. Merry Christmas to You and Jane and family.

Tremendous selection of details from the tree, Bob. Makes a wonderful composition.
The barren Aspen tree even at this time of the year has its own kind of majesty, which I see markedly in its bark.
Wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and thanks for your kind words in the context of my Painted Lady debate.

Ahhhh ---quaking aspen fooling us into believing its rain. haha

A lovely shot - interesting angle and pov. I would love to go out with you and watch you photograph. You find new ways of looking. :)

Hi Bob,
After reading your note I realise that as you say this is a certain beauty in this trees winter bark.
A great alternative Christmas Tree ;-)
Well Done and Merry Christmas,
Nick :-)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-23 8:40]

Hi Bob. Good detail in the tree trunh with natural colours. I like the golden browns and the grey of the tree. well done TFS. good notes too.

Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-12-23 9:10]

Hi Bob,
the composition here is what makes this a great photo in my opinion. That and the perfect detail, the wonderful colour of the background and overall clarity! Very nice, as ever an individual look at the natural world that works really well.

I'd like to wish you and your family the very best of christmas's my friend :o)


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-23 9:17]

Hi Bob,

The last time I saw a scene like this was the one Christmas I was brave enough to spend with my son in the cold and snowy Colorado mountains. The details of the bark in this shot are just amazing. I love the slightly diagonal composition.

Merry Christmas to you and Jane and your kids from this Jane.

Aspens are lovely in all seasons... even the season of death. One of my earliest posts on TN was of a dead Aspen. I have a whole series of photos of them. I like the colors in your shot, the dominate angle of the composition and the out of focus background that isolates the subject.


hello Bob

i like the point of view of you image,
the colours are natural, an excellent dof,

it is woods and i like the wods
i like to be on woods, TFS for this pic

i'll go see your other photos
before wishing you a Merry Christmas

hello bob,
nice capture, the naked Aspen tree looks beautiful with all the details and the beautiful natural colours, pleasing composition, good lighting, great notes,
tfs & regards

wish you and your family Merry Christmas

Dear Bob
Wonderful shot of this Quaking Aspen through Bob vision :o)
Perfect composition,colors and POV,Superb shot.

Merry Christmas to You and family

Hi Bob,
oh I love this , I'm just learning about the Beautiful Aspen Trees which remind me so much of my favorite White birches,
the color is so very nice , the soft gold and silver of the tree indeed ARE Christmas colors.
Silver and Gold, Silver and Gold, everyone wishes for silver and Gold, Wasn't it Sam the snowman who sung that? :o)
Merry Christmas Bob!

Hello Bob,
This is a fine composition, and the bark has great details!
Not to forget that aspen probably is the best autumn tree?
And it would be totally lame if I say Merry X-mas now so I don't do that...
Pablo -

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