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The Circle of Life

The Circle of Life
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-10
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-11 6:32
Viewed: 4526
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 18
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Salton Sea, Sony Bono Wildlife Refuge - a sunrise of amber, world's finest one, my mental memory of a unique wildlife. I will miss this one and will treasure its moments and live only in hope to see it again one day, in all its splendor. Originated in Colorado but found its way into California...

The Salton Sea of today was created starting in 1905, when heavy rainfall and snowmelt caused the Colorado River to swell and then breach an Imperial Valley dike. It took nearly two years to control the Colorado Riverís flow into the formerly dry Salton Sink and stop the flooding. Itself once part of the vast inland sea which once covered the area, the endorheic Salton Sink was the site of a major salt mining operation. As the basin filled, the town of Salton, a Southern Pacific Railroad siding and Torres-Martinez Indian land were submerged. The result of the sudden influx of water and the lack of any drainage from the basin resulted in the formation of the Salton Sea.
The Salton Sea has been termed a "crown jewel of avian biodiversity" (Dr. Milt Friend, Salton Sea Science Office). Over 400 species have been documented at the Salton Sea. Importantly, the Salton Sea supports 30% of the remaining population of the endangered American White Pelican. [1] The Salton Sea is a major resting stop on the Pacific Flyway. The sea's rising salinity threatens to eliminate the habitat value for fish-eating birds, such as pelicans. Without restoration actions, the sea will also eventually fail to support the microorganisms necessary to support the many shorebirds that also depend on the Salton Sea.

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How did you get those colours?

I love the silhouttes of the birds and the branches it works really well.


The silhouetted branches and birds really makes a great contrast to this golden sunset. Nicely done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-11 11:41]

A wonderful composition, Radu.
Beautiful sunset colors and interesting silhouetted details.
An excellent explanation of the Salton Sea.
I have always wondered what it was. Very cool.
The Sony Bono Wildlife Refuge should use your photo as their logo. : )
TFS. : )

Hi Radu,
What an amazing color. How did you do it. The silhouttes of the birds and braches in the g/f is very good and add depth.

Hello Radu, excllent colors, BG, POV this photo has a to focus on little busy but really good work, TFS Kyle

Hi Radu,

Well I have to ditto all the above comments. This is indeed a special photo. I know how hard it is to upload an image to TN with the same saturation and contrast as we created it. Maybe it is just my computer but I see a halo along the high contrast edges...maybe from sharpening or adding contrast???? It probably was not on your image before uploading.

It is super image!! Thanks for sharing it!

Evelynn : )

Hi Radu..
Beautiful colors and silhouette. A very special picture. Thanks

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-12 8:40]

Bonjour Radu!

Bravo pour cette belle composition.
Merci pour l'envoie.

Lovely, great light that gives an amazing atmosphere!
Well done and TSF


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