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In God's Good Grace

In God's Good Grace
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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: 2008-04-18
Categories: Trees
Camera: Nikon D50, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-20 7:30
Viewed: 2833
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 30
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I took some mental pain meds called will power, then jumped a fence and walked a bit onto the Wildlife Refuge. The day was overcast and we expect a late spring snow today. I can see the grasses greening in the woods. Although these are very old and native grasses, they give an almost manicured appearance. This they accomplish all by themselves, each blade. Remarkable how nature does so much better without our interference. No landscaper, nor professional land design company could recreate a natural scene as best as the Creator.

I was amazed at the height of the fallen pine. From my strides end to end it appears that it was over 100 feet when standing...now fallen due to some circumstances which nobody will know, the mosses still grow on its branches and the tree itself is still a bit dense. This indicates that it has fallen in the past year or two at most. And I am surrounded by footprints. So many that they cover each other up in a way as not to be able to identify the animals. I see some deer scat and possibly some coyote as well. I see a small piece of shedded rattle skin. No. I did not pick it up. I tried that one time when I thought a baby rattler had been dead. It wasn't:-)

In my short walk, I felt as though I were a groom on a wedding night, walking into something which I was first at doing, but more than likely not. Yet this forest does look as virgin to my eyes as a forest can be. I almost expect an elf, dwarf or some sort of fairy to come and whisper in my ear. My mind does rattle on that way...hence I turned and left, leaving my footprints now and taking this image to share with you.... along with these simple words. Know that this part of the world is safe, in Gods Good Grace.....

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-20 9:56]

Hi Bob,

My son just called in that your state has ten inches of snow! It's a good thing you took your walk when you did - must look quite different today. I love the contrasts in this shot - the grass turning green surrounding the fallen pine tree. The other trees seem to be forming a circle around the deceased - probably saying prayers for it.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-20 10:17]

Hi Bob. What this Jane is saying more snow for you. As you say bob you can not make a natural wild garden you must just leave it to nature. even one thas has been looked after will in time revert back.You have captured a nice forest view. with the falelen tree. good detail and natural colours.and as always interesting notes that must be read.
well done TFS.
You have a good week ahead.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-20 11:09]

Hi Bob,very nice pic married whit very interestings and nices notes,another great artistic work,thanks a lot for share and for your differents ideas,my best compliments,Luciano

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-04-20 13:45]

The snow must protect all that lies beneath it over winter. We expect all would die - but no, God knows best - the earth is the Lords and everything in it.
Looking at your winter and now your autumn pics has taught me a lot Bob about life up there. Thank you

Hi Bob, the notes compliment this image well. It has some interesting features, the dead tree etc. Lots of good colour and light at play. tfs and regards h

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-20 14:19]

Hi Bob

Lovely composition - strong green horizontal complimented by the verticals of the tree trunks. Just lovely.


Will email you re RAW, storage etc - in short I am a geek!! :)

hello Bob

here in the Nature Park of the pond of Wood Ducks
yesterday i saw in the woods, big trees fallen,

excellent image of the nature and things that happen there,
fine POV and DOF, and i love to see that 2 trees doing
a frame to the fallen tree, TFS


Dear Bob
What a wonderful scene you captured,
Great composition,exposure and note :O)
Welldone my friend.

Be Happy ...

Namastay Bob,
A nice capture of this beautiful dense pine forest. Excellent composition and nice contrasting greens. A soothing effect for my eyes. Thanks a lot for sharing.

can call me "HP" (by Mr. Ramthakur) :)

The same God that made such beauty also made you...and me...all of us. WOW!

Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us in your photos!!!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-04-21 18:32]

Your photo makes me feel right at home. I've spent many, many hours in places such as this, and I love the sights, sounds and smells that they bring.
Nicely composed, with all of natures wonderful colours. Great notes!
PS. We're having a Mission Conferance this week, so I've not been able to get on the computer as much as I'd like.

in Gods Good Grace.....Beautiful.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-22 11:06]

Hello Bob

What an inviting place.
The clarity is your usual spot on focus.
Very good lighting with natural ,well saturated colours.
Well presented and composed.


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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-04-22 12:07]

Hi Bob!

"taking this image to share with you.... along with these simple words"

I like this picture very much. Let me say it with these simple words. It's, from my point of view, one of the best you have ever posted. It has a particular atmosphere, alsmost spiritual, it's just what I would call nature's beauty at its best. It's also peaceful, yet delicate and warm.

Together with your deep and touching text it gets an even wider dimension.

Kind regards


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-23 19:26]

Hello Bob,
Beautiful scene superbly captured. When I walk in the forest, I always wonder if I am the first person to see this sight or to tread on this spot. When I was younger I would always have to see what was over that next hill. I guess I am still like that always searching more with my eyes now than my legs.
Great work my friend.

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