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Two Signs

Two Signs
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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: 2006-05-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-10 15:44
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Points: 28
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Two sure signs that winter had finally past us in the wilderness a month before we left in 2006....I took this image on US National forest land which was purchased by the USFS in the 1930's to be a party of the Colville National Forest. It is at approximately 3500 feet in elevation and accessible by a primitive forest service road. The old abandoned apple tree had been there since I first moved to the wilderness in 1988. Only once did we actually eat any fruits of this tree...undoubtedly it is a heritage brand gone feral, to use a crossover term....and I suspect we were the only people who knew where it was as I had never seen another human in or around this area other than the US Forest Service on its yearly counts of Cougar, Mountain goats and Eagles.

This area is also surrounded by fir, pine and tamarack, the later being very dominant. And the second sign of a coming good spring is the robin....of course you have to look hard to see it...:-) It is an American Robin....Good luck in finding it:-)..oh and I happened to be "surrounded" by a small group of chipmunks as I took this image. They were close enough to photograph but pesky enough to not do same. They were actually bugging me to leave as I saw it...

...another in the long and ongoing set of images from the true wilderness, where snows are 4 feet deep at this time and temperatures apprx 0F US type...not bad...not bad...just a short trip to the cabin and a warm fire with a pot of stew sitting on top.

85mm Nikon Lens
Hand Held by the Grace of god

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Hi Bob,

Your hand hold of this superb optics generated an excellent image. Excellent details and good depth at f/3. Very good framing of this beautiful tree fitting well in the frame. I have never seen Cougar in real life although I am an alumni of University of Houston... Go Cougars... :-)


Hello Bob,
Excellent composition and pov, beautiful colors and light.
I seet he robin under the tree on the right.

Nice shot... I especially like knowing the background of the places folks photograph. It adds so much more meaning for me to the composition.

hello Bob

i realy love your image 2 in one, i love that little bird on that
image with the old apple tree, well you did well to not have
a zoom lens at that moment to have a wide view with the
robin very small on it, this is a pefect image of 2 of your themes,
Small bird, big world and Where they realy leave ,
i will add it on one of my themes, TFS


Hello Bob,
Beautiful composition at 3500 feet of great American winter & the wilderness. Yes, I can see the Robin very much in-situ this photograph. TFS.

Namastay Bob,
A nice capture of this part of Colville National Forest. A nice looking apple tree although it is old. Very well composed and good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-10 19:30]

Hi Bob,

I spotted the Robin immediately - see, sometimes I look down. Lovely scene with this pretty tree and the green surrounding it. I bet you are wishing to see these signs right now!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-01-10 19:46]

Hello Bob,
A very pleasing image that I'm sure your hoping will be here soon. I know you will be seeing this type of scene before many more months. I did spot the robin right away as it stands so proudly to the right of the apple tree.
We have about a foot and a half of snow right now and more coming. I know this is nothing compared to what you've been getting. Well done!!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-10 20:11]

Hi Bob,
Feral trees thats a new one on me but it works. Possible a discarded apple from a hiker got it started. Nice image my friend and the robin wasn't difficult to find at all.

Hi Bob,
I like this simple and honest photo of early spring time as it is more to my liking than winter is,which is not to say winter is without some charms but rather I'm not all that fond of the cold.Apple blossoms are very lovely to see and for seven years of my life '65-'72 I lived on an orchard farm where there were apple,pear,plum and peach trees along with some cherry trees and grapes thrown in for good measure;all of which give me very good memories of my life as a child,a personal Eden if you will.Here where I now live apples do not do all that well and mostly all I see are crabapple trees but the blossoms like those shown in your photo carry me back to my early years.This photo has very good colour and sharpness working well to convey what your eye has seen and I too have seen apple trees gone feral as well and eaten of their less than perfect fruits.Thanks for twigging a memory in me,Bob. Bob

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-10 22:24]

Hallo Bob,

It is nice to see a photo about spring now when witer is here. I like how the old apple tree with flowers stays against the trees from the forest behind. The littel robin birings a bit of contrasting color in the image.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Bob,

nice picture of sign of the spring.
Beautiful colours and good pov.
Under tree are a little bird?
Good note's.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-11 7:53]

I can see your wish for the snow to go and spring to arrive by this fine apple tree shot. The blossom contrasts well with the green BG provided by the pines and the composition centres on the whitenes of desire, unlike your whiteness of discomfort and distress.
Thanks Bob and keep well,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-14 14:43]

Hi Bob,
a superb shot of this wintery scene and a tiny American Robin.
Excellent detail.
Great light.

Very well done,

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