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When Giants Fall

When Giants Fall
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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: 2005
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-15 6:40
Viewed: 3022
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rarely do Aspens get this big. Aspens have a fondness for water. In the wilderness where this was taken in 2005, folks look for potable underground aquifers where there are groves of Aspen. In this case the Aspen was only a dozen feet from the side of Curlew Creek. Curlew Creek frequently overflows and the soil all around the area is damp much of the year. So during a wind storm, this tree came down and lay as a snag against others much smaller.

The wilderness was our home for many years. It is a tough and rugged life, but we loved it and the daily challenges. It wasn't until I severely broke my back falling on ice, that we even considered moving. Sometimes the wilderness wins...it trumps all...and last night as I readied this image, I heard of the death of a friend and neighbor wilderness person. Alvin Avey died when ejected from his truck after rolling off of the side of a primitive road. Alvin of all people was an experienced wilderness survivor for 40 years. He was not wearing his seatbelt. I was saddened by his death on the eve of my birthday today. He was a giant in the woods and he fell as quickly as I did when breaking my back, and as quickly as this tree came down in heavy winds...even though it was nearly 60 feet tall...the wilderness will do that to anyone who lives there. It is almost predestined.

Fuji DSLR Nikon mount
85mm f1.8 Nikkor lens
Hand Held
ISO 400
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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-07-15 7:48]

Hola Sr. Bob.
Dont know how many years an Aspen can live in forest, but I know that some others trees can live more than 2000 years.
Trees are our best silent friends that we all have and nothing will be without them.
Great image my friend.
Happy bithday again.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-15 8:31]

Hi Bob,in my country it's thunderstorm time and it's possible to see situation like that,excellent idea as your style and perfect quality,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Bob,
I appreciate your shot for many reasons. One is that it is rare to show a riparian forest in its natural state, another is that technically its challenging to take forest pictures (I am not speaking of a group of trees or a forest edge). The thirs is that resolution in TN often does not justice to the original picture since there are these thousands of details. You did a good job!
Best regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-15 13:16]

Hi Bob. Sorry to read about your good friend .But may i still say happy birthday to you my friend. Your notes say so much about life that its like the tree it can be taken away so quickly, we take it for granted till its to late. Like the picture. take cake. Nick..

As usual, an beautiful note withthis awesome shot!
Very well done, Bob!

hello Bob

excellente image to show of things happening in « mother nature »,
in your images i always love the POVs that you choose,

i wish you a Happy Birthday Bob



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-15 22:05]

Hello Bob

Happy Birthday
An interesting analogy.
Here on TN you still stand tall,and if I may use another tree reference,how about this chestnut,you are like an old oak.

Just marking the post for now


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-15 22:36]

Hi Bob/neighbour

I am saddened by the death of your friend - it just goes to show that things just happen - to us all. Is it your birthday today? (TN time, this is yesterday - it is 'tomorrow' here and I have just got up).

Great composition - I like the way you have used the fallen tree to divide the frame.


Happy Birthday, Bob, though the occasion has been saddened by the demise of your close friend in a road mishap.
We Hindus believe in the will of the Maker, though I am still agnry with Him for snatching my younger brother away in his youth.
The Aspen tree too died prematurely and your picture of it leaves a haunting effect on my mind.
Thanks and take care.

Hi Bob, best wishes for your birthday, great photographers born in this day:), splendid composition with dead giant aspen, I never see so tall, very well done, ciao Silvio

Namastay Bob,
Yes I have seen the uprooting giants in the year 1999 when super cyclone hit East Orissa. And made the 100% green Orissa to 30% less greener and now our Govt. is continuing to make it less greener by allowing outside investors/industrialists to make factories here. Hope our Orissa will remain green. Very well captured with very good notes. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-16 13:23]

A couple of years ago on a VERY windy I saw a massive Poplar Tree quite literally snap in half and fall to the ground... very impressive sight and I hear it's quite rare to see that happening too :-)
This image conjured up the memory very clearly.
Excellent composition, great detail, very good light and a superb DOF.

Very well done,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-07-17 2:13]

Hi Bob, a sad time for you and also so close to your birthday. The mighty oak has fallen.

But I still want to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY for yesterday. I did post a photo for you on your birthday here in NZ!!


Timely photograph that speaks volumes in the loss of your friend Alvin Avey; for my wife Julie, is Alvin's little sister in Houston. In trying to find information on his death, we stumbled onto your written memorial of Alvin. Thank you for the kindness in both content, and the tie-in to the fallen Aspen photo.

Well done.



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