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Bones and Cones

Bones and Cones
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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: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, SIGMA 28-70mm 1:2.8-4 DG
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-21 6:14
Viewed: 3279
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Heavy winter snows have melted under a two weeks of sun and warmer weathers. We traveled a few miles out into the wilderness areas to see what sort of delights might be in store and to do some video for an upcoming versions of "Silly Bob". Whilst I was doing some video, I came across a small piece of land, under a lodgepole pine which was covered in natures mulch and along with it, the complete backbone of a young deer. It's predator and winters snows had removed all but clean whitish bone, now snow-washed and in a strange way it told a tale of winter which nobody saw outside of the animal kingdom. I stopped taking my video and went to he car to retrieve my still camera gear to record this day and this thought.

In this image, we have needles from pine trees, some small, very small, green growth underneath and a piece of the deer bone. All of this alongside a basaltic rock, near which must have been a volcanic vent millions of years ago. It brought to mind, some words from the Anglican Bible which say among other wise things:

"In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord, we commend to Almighty God our brother ; and we commit his body to the ground; earth to earth; ashes to ashes, dust to dust. The Lord bless him and keep him, the Lord make his face to shine upon him and be gracious unto him and give him peace. Amen."

Posted: Good Friday 2008

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This is so cool that we're neighbours today,Bob :o)
What a wonderful scene you captured ,
Great colors ,exposure and POV,Wellsone.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-21 7:00]

Nice shot Bob, with simple things you mamnaged to get a very fine image, well seen, great idea and very good technique. Thanks my friend!

This is a superb capture of the things placed in arrangement by nature -- cones and bones. Very apt and rhyming caption to it, Bob.
A great composition, indeed.

hello Bob

excellent close-up composition of these Bones and Cones,
i can see that very little green grass, lovely luminosity of the image
and density of the colours, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-21 7:25]

Hi Bob,also it's is cold there are many interestings things to show,this is great under all corners of view,very interessing note too,have a nice day and Happy Easter,Luciano

Hello Bob. Thanks for sharing this cone and bone. Interesting combination and I am thinking if I will get to see the "Silly Bob" on cables. Well done and very best regards. Jusni

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-21 8:51]

Hi Bob,

These simple things make such a wonderful picture. You present them perfectly. Great pov, colors, details. Natural photography at its best.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-21 13:21]
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Hi Bob. have just looked at your Youtube and you have snow again so winter has not yet finished for you. such a simple but very effective picture. with many textures and shades of brown. well done TFS.

Have a nice Easter weekend.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-21 13:57]

What a perfect title! :-)
Very original image!
Superb composition and POV.
Nice colours as well.
Very good work Bob.


Namastay Bob,
A nice capture of the pine cones and the bone of some vertebrate. Very nice composition and well thought. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hi Bob,
Nice compo. here and a sharp detailed image that tells the story of life and death. Dust to dust. And then on to glory we must. I like the texture variables. Thanks for stopping in at my hummer iamge and for the question. I've emailed you a reply. Hope you have a wonderful quite Easter celebration with your sweetheart and the Lord.

Hello Bob,

just marking today.

Very interesting composition. This one says a lot! Fascinating.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-22 7:55]

Hi Bob.
Funny a bit title, nice note and wonderful subject and picture. Great allegory and brilliant framing, details of each pictured object, lighting and colours. Bravo and for so charming and substantial post.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-22 9:49]
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Telluric Bob, this is so earthy and sensational by the almost microscopic sight of yours. This is a tiny detail in a land of wild life and yet, it is such a treasure. The prayer says it all, Thank you for the deer!


Hi Bob,
I too have photos of bones of various animals that I have seen over the years but not one quite like this.When I see these sorts of things I always wonder just what may of happened to the animal but I do not think too strongly about it or I end up thinking of the evil we humans do to our wild friends,well some people that is.Your photo has good details and colour giving a stark counterpoint to your note, Bob.I have a duck's skull that I may upload sometime in the future as for a note I'm not sure how to approach it and make it interesting as death is a subject many people are not keen on.An interesting upload and thanks for sharing this one with us all. bobair

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-23 0:34]

Bob, you really show that photography is all about showing the situation in a superb composition. you are really good in that. Very well shown here in this. Great Ganesh

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-24 20:51]

Hello Bob

Love the title.
The shot is well composed.
Very good focus and detail.
Well illuminated with very good colour saturation.
Excellent POV and DOF.


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