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Palouse Black Cottonwood in Winter

Palouse Black Cottonwood in Winter
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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: 2008-02-22
Categories: Trees
Camera: Leica D-LUX 2
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-02-23 7:50
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Points: 44
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Taken on Friday February 22, 2008 on the edge of the Palouse, rolling prairie lands of Eastern Washington. Snows here have evaporated and compacted down to 14 inches according to my handy ruler. Two Palouse Black Cottonwood trees await warmer weather which is due very soon according to signs in nature and appearance of aviary friends. The late afternoon filtered sun gave them an anticipatory appearance. Far off on the horizon you can see the line of firs and pines which mark the edge of the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge looking from my location to the south west. My wife and I acknowledge to each other as we passed by, that everything looked ready, now at its most colourless and cold week, for early budding. Perhaps it was our imagination or just a hope, but both of us felt we could see just a hint of green on some of the branches. Krishanmurti said it so well and has been paraphrased by numerous others when he said "Matter follows thought". In other words, we do indeed create our own world.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-23 7:55]

Hello Bob,
Even though it looks cold it is a very beautiful landscape. But with enough "wishful thinking" I'm sure this will soon turn green! Beautiful silhouettes of the Cottonwood trees and lovely light spreading faint colour.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-23 7:56]

Thoughtful note, Bob, I love that. And it is true that there is something changing in the light, the air, the sky when spring approaches... there is a "turning" of the season that we can feel with all our senses and I find it exhilirating. I see it in your picture, this is not a picture of "full" winter blooming, it has a pinky light on the snow and the texture of the snow is too "granuleuse" to be one of mid-winter. Here, it is too early, the only sign is the light, the sun is shining and is warmer but it is too early yet. The ice on the lake unfroze (we say the lake is deepening (le lac "cale") by the end of May... A very nice picture, I love thos landscape of the Palouse and you got us used to them, I was missing it. thanks!


Superb composition, Bob!!
Nice POV...


Hello Bob

What a nice, cold scenario you have posted here. Nice handling of the light in a very difficult situation. The colours look perfect for the scenario and I like the panorama look. Though I would have cropped out some of the sky to get the horizon away from the center and try something like 1/3 composition instead. I think it will add a better balance but take a look at the WS I have made and see for your self.

As said - I like the scenario and I think you did a great job.
Yours Mogens

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-23 8:29]
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Hello Bob,
At first I thought this was B&W but I'm glad to see that this is in colour, the blue sky adding some life to what is otherwise a wintery desolate scene and the pink tint at the top adds a little warmth. Your shots of the Palouse begin to give me the impression that it is an extensive area with much variation.
Have a good weekend,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-23 8:49]

Hi Bob,

Brrrrrr - this is a cold, cold scene - but very beautiful. Lovely composition with the two cottonwoods standing in the snow with an almost blue sky behind them. I'm not sure if you and Jane seeing green was just wishful thinking or not. But....spring will come.


Looks a bit bleak, but you have managed the "whites" to a high degree....great work and TFS.

Hi Bob,
Magnifique, sobre, riche, composition excellente, superbe POV.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-23 13:46]

Hola Sr. Bob.
Una foto de alto contenido, aun cuando parece simple, sin embargo deja mucho a la vista de quien tiene el gusto por la fotografia.
Fina toma Bob. Y muy buena la Nota tambien.
Un saludo y un abrazo para Ti y Tu esposa.

Bonjour mon ami,
j'aime beaucoup cette photo avec toutes ses nuances entre blanc et bleu
photo admirablement composée,
bravo Bob,

hello Bob

lovely landscape shot with excellent POV and panorama framing,
excellent clarity of your image and superb silhouettes of the trees



hello bob,
another beautiful ladscape from you, the coloursbare natutal and the panaromic look suits the shot, you have managed exposure well,
well done as susual,
tfs & regards

Hello Bob,
A very fine image of the winterland, the bit of blue sky add a beautiful contrast against the white snow!
good depth of this beautiful photo and a very fine focal point!
well done

You certainly get more severe winters there than we do here. We've had a few warm days already and there are definite signs of spring. The crocus are blooming and the narcissus are coming up. I like your cold and desolate feeling image. To enhance that feeling for me a bit I tried a third version. I wanted to emphasize a deliberate abstract composition and eliminate the dark trees on the right side. They are so dark that they attract attention and also imply that there may be more trees and maybe structures just out of the frame. I also chose to move the horizon a little further down whereas Mogens moved it up. It was a fun exercise.

Evelynn : )

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-23 21:33]

Hello Bob,
Wonderful silhouettes in this excellent image.I personally like the horizon splitting landscape in two. Great job my friend. Rick

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-23 23:36]

Hi Bob

Brr - looks freezing - good composition and exposure. I really like the cloud line.


Hi Bob, splendid winter landscape with lovely trees, beautiful composition, very well done, have a great Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-24 3:35]

Nice simple image Bob.
The two silhouetted trees are a perfect focal point and the clump of trees on the left balance out the photo perfectly.
Great clarity and sharpness.
Perfect exposure.
Nicely done!

Very aesthetically balanced frame with the dark Cottonwood trees placed artistically in it, Bob. The white on the ground intensifies their appeal. I also like the role of the sky in this lovely composition.
TFS and regards.

Hello Bob,

We have the first drizzle in two months and I can feel how happy are the birds and the trees. The same wait of the two cottonwood trees and the rolling prairie pasture will be back in beautiful view again. Nicely created tiers of this space of snow with patches of winter foliage.

Well done and thanks for sharing.

Gorgeous shot!
Wonderful expanse of glorious white! :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-24 20:10]

Hello Bob

A lovely Winter scene,the sky is a lovely pastel shade of blue.
Well composed.The shot is balanced with very good lighting.
The trees show well on the horizon.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-02-25 23:42]

What a wonderful winterland scene, Bob...

I've just spent 8 very interesting minutes watching Breaking News Exclusive from Bob Shannon.org. And I just have to ask you if you have found the culprits who hid those shoppng carts under the snow for the last couple of months!! I hope I can get to sleep tonight and not worry too much about them. You should warn your viewers first about the upsetting content in your shows. . .

And gas at $3.29 USD a gallon (that's about $5-6 NZD) - WOW! In NZ we pay $1.75 NZD a litre for petrol - same product, different name!! Big difference in price though!

So please let your viewers know that the other side of the world has sun and warmth and no cold, white sand like you do.

Kia ora

Loved your tongue in cheek movie Bob. But I have to let you know that we're still enjoying our summer Down Under - officially 23C here today - blue sky, slight breeze.

Keep well

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