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By Curlew Creek

By Curlew Creek
Photo Information
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: 2006-04-15
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-02-25 7:38
Viewed: 3011
Points: 33
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Curlew Creek is normally not wide nor deep but one season of the year and that would be in spring. It is not an easy creek to see, even when standing right next to it. This is because Curlew Creek is rarely touched by man. It is, in this image, where the green grasses show. The roots of those grasses are 4 inches underwater and all that can be seen here is the part which is out of the creek above water. On both sides of the creek are bushes, shrubs, trees, weeds, wildflowers and grasses so thick that almost any quiet animal or even large bird can hide in them and even move about with little change of being seen. And those animals do indeed live here. This particular location is downstream from a large beaver den.

It wasn't a beaver which brought down this small tree 10 years ago. Nor is this dead tree the only one which lies across Curlew Creek in the area. The spring melts the snows at 6000 feet and waters here in the valley rise to 4 feet deep with currents strong enough to wash a large man off of his feet. I have seen this. When the stream slowly retreats as summer comes on, it leaves the grounds around it quite damp for a good part of the summer. Any particular strong spring or summer storm can bring down a tree and that is what happened here. And as people rush about their daily lives, in busy cities and offices wired together through technology, nature continues to go on unnoticed by most..... here in the wilderness mountain valleys of extreme northeast Washington State...on it's boundary with British Columbia, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-25 8:44]

Hello Bob,
Beautiful composition showing this old fallen tree by Curlew Creek. I wonder how it got its name? I bet its a nice hiding place for mammals and birds. Beautiful tones of grey/brown with the splashes of green. A beautiful wilderness!
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-25 8:56]

Hi Bob.
At first look rather regular subject. But it is only first and blind look. I like this scene so much and more like the quality of the picture. It is really three-dimensional image with surprising transparency, exactness of details, amazing exposure and lights and wonderful delicate colour palette of dry vegetation and old tree. Bravo, my dear skill friend. Thanks a lot for this high art work.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-25 9:09]

great composition, Bob, I love the branches crossing the frame and giving a nice perspective to the picture. The colours blend magnificently and the touch of green grass at the foreground gives us an idea of what it really looks like in this creek with all the nuances of shades and colours. So many nice details, the bushes look fluffly! Thank you!


hello Bob

superb wild landscape shot with great notes i love the end
of your notes and i love too when i read at the biggining :
This is because Curlew Creek is rarely touched by man

excellent POV of your image and details



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-25 9:50]

Hi Bob,

I was looking for the creek - good thing I read your wonderful notes! There is something fascinating about this dead tree. Wonderful how it stretches all across the frame. The colors are excellent - the browns, grays, and splash of green. Superb composition.


Great fine detail. Well processed.

What I find interesting about this image, and many of yours, is that so many would look well as BW images.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-25 15:17]

Hi Bob,it's a great pic,symbolize the winter and the springtime coming,nice shot,i like it,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-25 19:20]

Hi Bob,
This tree lostmany branches before losing the final battle. This is documented by the zigzag of the upper branches. This is a very interesting composition my friend thanks for sharing it.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-25 22:32]

Hi Bob

As usual a well thought out composition, using the frame to the full. Great contrast of forms, plus well handled exposure.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-02-25 23:02]

Hi Bob!

I would call this picture "restless". The eye does not know where to stop, where to concentrate and pans from left to right and from right to left. The background is too vivid and its vertical lines clash with the lines of the foreground.

The positive aspect of this picture is the atmosphere it generates. It's not what one would commonly call a beautiful section of landscape, but it's captivating because of the wilderness and the untouched nature. And once again, your notes are excellent, very pleasant to read.

Kind regards


Hi Bob, beautiful composition with fallen tree, great design of death branches, good light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-26 1:13]

Yes I'm first for once!! :-D
Very good shot!
The smooth barkless tree is a perfect subject.
I like the dulled colours with a splash of vibrent green.
Excellent composition.
As usual your notes are exquisite.
Thanks for sharing this Bob.


Dear Bob
What a wonderful scene you show us here :O)
Great exposure,composition and POV,Welldone my friend.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-26 4:45]

Hello Bob, I love those dark tones of grey and brown and the forms and patterns that the tree does. Well done again my friend!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-26 20:40]

Hello Bob

An interesting shot, this is a very good capture of a natural progression of the life cycle.
Well focused with sharp detail.
Excellent POV and DOF.


Namastay Bob,
A good capture showing the effect of water when the ice melts. A nature's powerful force which has the ability to cut rocks. Excellent picture story of the after effects of the nature's force. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Bob,

You note has a lot of information. The branches of the fallen tree are creating different types of line which are an asset to the composition. The bush and the other trees are a giving a good background. The subject is well framed. have a nice day.


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