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Fog and Rain

Fog and Rain
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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: 2006-05-20
Categories: Mountain
Exposure: f/6.9, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Wilderness [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-23 6:00
Viewed: 3047
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are days and then there are more days. Seems as though in my retirement years I find myself looking over old photos and wishing I were still in the days and the mountains I loved so much. It is a way of thinking which I have become accustomed, so when I was going over pictures taken only last year, I still felt a twinge of emotion. Something about the mountains, the spring, the rain and fog. Sounding more like a blues, it was really a precursor to spring. When rains were steady instead of frozen white, it clued me in to the coming for something... a change in season... and it awoke me from my usual winters complacence and into the rig to drive along the mountain roads and river valleys looking for more signs of seasonal changes.

One early spring day, following a particularly warm and sunny day, I arose to find this rain and fog soaked Kettle River Valley. The Kettle had overflowed its banks during the night and filled the protected wetlands with twelve inches of flow. This was the way wetlands were supposed to be in their time of kinetic energy. The interaction between the river and usually dry area also awakened life beneath the soils...and drew from it the nutrients it needed to sustain the life which lived in the river and nourish the ground from which it traded in equal.

The slowing rising dawn fog gave Vulcan Mountain a certain pose of uneasiness, so I did not venture up, for both fear of the known hazardous drive and fog added in gave me a second glance at the valley store which was preparing to open. And instead of a trek up, I stopped in for a cup of espresso and a doughnut. Then recorded this picture on my way back to the cabin. It was already time to think of adding a log to the fireplace and a time to prepare for a cool days dinner of split pea and dill soup which would cook slowly all day on the fire......yes it is true....I did this and felt this. It was not a dream nor a wish but reality in the wilderness where I lived and loved.

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Breathtakingly beautiful! The softness of the fog, the stillness of the water, the graceful curves all lend themselves to a peaceful, beautiful scene.
Great notes too! :)

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-07-23 6:10]

I like composition.
Really interesting scene.

Hi Bob.
Oh yes, many a scene like this on the West Coast here. Tricky to get right at times to be able to put that feeling you have being out in it into the image.
You did well,lovely scene with the hills and trees amongst the mist down into the foreground. Great exposure with wonderful detail and feel of the elements.

New Zealand

An excellent capture,amazing shot and wonderful composition.
lovely landscape,well done

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-23 6:36]
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Hi Bob,
is the horizon horizontal?
Excellent composition and POV.
Sharp with great colours.
I love the mountains in the distance.
Well done,

Hi Bob,
I too share your love for the mountains, I don't know what it is about them to me its like they are giving me a big hug , I feel so comforted when I'm engulfed in Mountains so very glad when I get to return to my homeland in Vermont several times a year. This is a beatuiful shot, I love the fog in all the layers of the hills there. Beautiful natural color saturation and contrasts. TFS

( re: on the comment on my photo Mosqitos?? naaa not here..I rarely see them really! )

Hello Bob
Another fantastic landscape with a great note,
Perfect moment to shoot, Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-23 9:19]

Hi Bob,
A majestic shot fit to be hanged on a wall. Superb colours here and the low hanging mist gives a fantastic effect. The calm atmosphere is very well depicted and the chill in the air seems so refreshing to me. Excellent POV to capture the scenic beauty, it must a wonderful place to be visiting. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-07-23 13:46]
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Hola Sr. Roberto. Una muy hermosa fotografia. Me inspira quietud y tranquilidad al observarla detenidamente. Me agradan sus colores tanto del bosque como de las montaņas con su niebla. Saludos Roberto. Luis52.
Bella nota tambien.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-23 13:47]

Hi Bob. the old ones can be the good ones.this is a beautiful looking place.very nice colours in the trees . and the mist on the hills. a very good compostion. well done TFs.great notes to read.

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-07-23 15:00]

beautiful shot , pleasant colors and atmosphere! Great work. Regards. Carme.

Hi. We're back and I'm starting to browse the TN galleries. This is a nice shot Bob. I like the feel of it, with the fog and the flood. Nice work.

Evelynn : )

If I say Its a picture, then it is a picture. If I say it is a creation of a painter then its a painting.And yes, it is a creation. May be the horizon is little bit tilted and the foreground grass tried to break the dream, still you grabbed the frame created by the greatest painter. You know that because the note is the evidence.

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-07-24 15:38]

Great composition of a fantastic vista...Nice colors...A really nice photo...TFS

A fine contrast between the brilliant greens and the background mist and fog.

Hi Bob,
These are the photos I really enjoy. The mood in these kind of photos is always great. Especially when it suits a landscape like this.
I do feel that with such a high shutter speed a lower ISO number would have been better, it would have given the photo less grain. I haven't read the thread on the horizon yet, but it does look to be tilted to the right. Anyway, its a photo of a wonderful landscape.

Hi Bob!
It's six o'clock in the morning, I have just arrived at my office and as I did during the last days or since I am on TrekNature I steal a couple of minutes to check if there are any critiques or interesting new pictures.

I'm particularly touched by your notes. As often I can I'm in "my" mountains and I know how you feel when you describe your emotions and the details of the day passed in this wonderful valley. What touched me even more are the words you have chosen (although my English is very limited) in combination of the expression of the picture you show us. Both match perfectly, and I'm as well impressed by the quality and sensitiveness of your text as by the melancholic and very emotional expression of your picture. I please to say that "bad" weather does not exist, there's only weather and different moods and mental states. And being outside in our nature and the happiness, peace and energy this causes and all the memories it awakes does not depend on the weather. I also believe that a wonderful grey and rainy sky with all the variations of grey is much more attractive than a monotone blue sky. And there's another advantage: most of the time the place you visit or the mountain you climb on a rainy day belongs to you... Loneliness in the mountains does not mean to be anti social or to be sectionally, but to return to our sources and to feel the mystic side of our life.

Thank you very much for having shared your emotions with us!

... and sorry for my English, I tried my best...

Yours sincerely

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