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Oregon Outing

Oregon Outing
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-26
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 24-70mm f2.8, Digital ISO 800
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-09-27 11:39
Viewed: 3661
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For those of you who are following my health saga, I am feeling lots better and actually went on an outing yesterday! This was taken about an hour from my home at Silver Falls State Park. North Falls is in the background (136 feet or 41.45 meters).

The trees are douglas firs and the foreground plant is the designated state flower of Oregon: Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium, Berberidaceae). It is an evergreen shrub related to the barberry. Oregon-grape is a native plant on the North American west coast from British Columbia to northern California.

Oregon-grape grows to 1-5 m tall. Its leathery leaves resemble holly and the stems and twigs have a thickened, corky appearance. The flowers, borne in late spring, are an attractive yellow.

Oregon-grape is used in landscaping similarly to barberry, as a plant suited for low-maintenance plantings and loose hedges. Oregon-grape is resistant to summer drought, tolerates poor soils, and does not create excessive leaf litter.

Its berries attract birds.The small purplish-black fruits, which are quite tart and contain large seeds, are sometimes used locally mixed with Salal to make jelly. The fruit is bitter, and generally not eaten without being sweetened first. As the leaves of Oregon-grape are holly-like and resist wilting, the foliage is sometimes used by florists for greenery and a small gathering industry has been established in the Pacific Northwest. The inner bark of the larger stems and roots of Oregon-grape yield a yellow dye.


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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-09-27 15:37]

Glad to hear you are doing better. At first I thought this might be Drift Creek Falls. Anyway, I really like the subtle treatment of the falls. Very original. Gary

...you only forgot the part about how I hate OG:-) It has absolutely no taste...unless of course you add 6 cups of sugar to your jam recipe:-) I know..I have done it! And I done it because it is supposed to be a good blood cleanser...I have since "changed brands of herb"...HA!

A neat presentation Ev...and a good interactive image of sorts...not really interactive but with the words...well ya know..what they heck...almost installation art..I suppose if one could add a video..I am rambling...

Hello Evelynn.
Excellent shot,nice light and color,beautifull place,

Hello Evelynn.

Beautiful shot, love the framing of the tall trees on the left and that spectacular looking waterfall on the right, wonderful colours and d.o.f, glad you’re up and about and feeling better, take care, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

Hi Evelyn,
What and interesting image you present us today.
It's like if the trees were a camouflage, and then, at the back, the waterfall can be appreciated.
I like the parallelism of the trunks with the waterfall, the diversity of leaves seen here, and the depth got.
Good to hear you're doing better, hope everything will be going on well.
Warm regards,

Wow Evelynn,
Excellent composition & richness in the photograph by all means. TFS.

Hello Evelynn,
Extraordinary point of view and content due to that fall in the background.
And educational;-) referring to the Oregon-grape.
Well done

Hello Evelynn.

Beautiful shot, it's an amazing place !

Take care,Thierry

Hello Evelynn

I am very relieved to hear you are feeling better.
This capture is wonderful,it is so inviting,I would love to stomp around there.
The variety of foliage is lovely and they come together to comprise such a lovely image.
Great job.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-28 22:01]
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Hi Evelynn,
Great to see you venturing out and still with that camera in hand. Wonderful composition with the waterfall just visible through the foliage. Thanks for sharing Dear but be careful and lett your body recover.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-09-28 22:30]

Hi Evelynn!

Getting out and hiking in such beautiful and powerful places will certainly help you to recover quickly. This is a wonderful view with a great perspective. The detailed foreground helps us to penetrate the picture and to dive into this wild and untouched nature.

Kind regards


Hi Evelynn,
I am glad you returned to one of my favorite spots. All your photos of this park have impressed me of the beauty of it. I really like how you created this view. It shows us not only the plant life of the area but also why it is such a beautiful place....the falls. Everything in this photo points towards the fall but without making it the main subject.
I am glad you feel healty enough to make these short trips.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-09-29 6:42]

Hi Evelynn,
i'm so pleased to hear you're out and about again, hopefully soon you'll be back to your old self.
Well, knowing where to stand is important in landscape photography, according to a certain Mr A Adams, and you proved it here. Lovely POV Evelynn, and those little splashes of red from the leaves in the FG really lift the image from the barrage of green! The waterfall is perfectly placed in the BG, it's just a shame you can't make more of it really.
Great work though, seems your recent troubles haven't effected your eyes at least.
all the best,

Hi Evelynn,

I am glad Your feeling lots better to make short trips and beatiful photos.
Great overall pov and intersting notes.
Good landscaping picture.


This is a rather nice composition! However it seems to be missing something, I think it is because it was taken on a cloudy day, it lacks contrast from the lighting, cloudy days can be a drag! But you've done a great job with the composition! Nicely done!


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