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Vernal Pond

Vernal Pond
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Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-27
Categories: Water Plants
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-30 20:23
Viewed: 3295
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is what is claimed to be a vernal pond that has finally frozen over. It would normally be dry during the winter and fill later in the year with snow melt and spring rain. This past year was fairly wet, hence it was simply a pond.
Vernal ponds are noted for salamander species but do not support fish. We observed a mallard family resident in the pond during all of our fall hikes. Taken with monopod.

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Hi Greg,
taking pictures in winter skies always creates a stark realism that exists at no other time in North America,the air is drier and cleaner.This shot looks so familiar to me,thats because here in High River there is one very much like it (includes salamanders as well).I like the composition and the muted tones in your shot and your note has given me a new name for just such a place-vernal pond,so thank you for sharing. Bob

Very wintry sight Greg! And excellent Note!
Amazing what graphics we get in winter, eh!
I like the contrast you have used here.

So will there be more frogs and salamanders in Spring?
Do they - like squirrels - have ESP?

Hi Greg,
We never see such a frozen pond in the Tropics, so obviously this is an interesting view for us, well visualized.
Thank for sharing.

Ben Lakitan

Hello Greg,
I like this low POV and composition. It seems that you didn't have much lighting for this one but this aperture worked pretty well as details are clear and sharp. I would have been curious to see the same shot with ISO 200 and a smaller aperture; just to see if we can notice a difference :) Interesting notes. Thanks,

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