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Wilderness Road

Wilderness Road
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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: 2005-03
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My Wilderness [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-14 5:11
Viewed: 3522
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wilderness Road is not the name of this road. This road has no name, nor a number. For identification purpose it is called a "Primitive Road" and not including known horse and hiking trails, it goes unnoticed by most everyone.

From 1700 Feet at valley floor, this road of gravel and clay winds up to 5200 feet. The last mile of this road is not passable by anything other than a specially equipped rig, which some do have. I did. Because it looks safe in this photo, belies the reality of deep ruts, slippery mud and cave-ins along the way. If you have a problem and you're not prepared by carrying emergency supplies and parts, your out of luck. Walking on this road is not a safe option. The woods are is full of predatory animals, many of which are much stronger and in cases heavier than a mortal.

All along this road, from small trees, climbing up to trees of 80 feet, are animals such as cougar weighing as much as 180 pounds and with teeth that can grind you up as fast as a blink of the eye. Now don't get me wrong. You can walk if you are carrying a weapon, which I always did. There are very few people in this area who do not carry weapons. Oh sure they carry cameras, but most not. For many are survivors and extreme wilderness survivalists of the hearty breed. We rarely see them. They are there... in the woods...somewhere....

There are stories about encounters, most of them quite true. And more than a few people have disappeared in this area...never to be seen again. At the time of this post at least 3 people are still missing, for 4 years now....perhaps they stayed ,for they can live there forever if they know how...and forever ends with the last breath...

Thanks God! There is always a Land of Beyond,
For us who are true to the trail;
A vision to seek, a beckoning peak,
A fairness that never will fail;
A pride in our soul that mocks at a goal'
A manhood that irks at a bond,
And try how we will, unattainable still,
Behold it, our Land of Beyond

Robert Service

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-14 5:55]

Hello Bob,
an exceptional shot.
An eerie atmosphere caused by the lighting and mist.
Well done,

Wonderful shot...love the feeling of peace and escape. Of course, it obviously isn't a safe haven but certainly looks like one here. Beautiful!

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-08-14 6:08]

There is something sad in this road. Or maybe something dreary. And there is no reason to wait something better after turning-point. No sun, no smile, no hope...

Hello Dear Bob
Another wonderful landscape you captured,
Great lighting ,sharpness and composition,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

Belle et mystérieuse ambiance.
Bonne journée.

hello bob,
another nice capture from you, your shots look like a part of a story and your notes always are meaningful, i feel that if we had a critique rating of notes you would have got excellent rating in all your notes,

this is a fine image with excellent pov and composition, lovely colours, the effect of light looks lovely, the curved path and the mist look very beautiful,
well done,
tfs & regards

great picture in my eyes Bob.
i like such moods!!!!really beautiful!

What a stunning photo. I love the mysteriousness this shot implies - the mist that is around the bend. This is one of those photos that captures tranquility. I like the exposure, the composition, and the mood you've captured. Very nice!

Looks peaceful, Bob:-)
Moody image, your "Land of Beyond"; I do like the fog in combination with the light...

Hi Bob,
superb photograph worthy of prettiest chart-postal, composed very well, I like the fog which brings softness to the landscape

Hello Bob
I have been to a track very similar to your picture in similar conditions a few years ago.
And yet..i didnt see the beauty that was before me.
A superb picture and thank you for opening my eyes.
All the best

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-14 12:08]
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Hello Bob. From reading your notes over the last few weeks its as if i have got to Know you .
Your Picture today has a mystery look about it. the sun just trying to break through. I wonder what is hidden around the next bend and waiting for me. very good detail and colours. well done TFS. great notes again thanks.

Yes this road could be deceiving. A road is only as good as its deepest rut or washout. We've been down too many of those... .getting complacent and then suddenly having to find a place to turn around... without having to back up a half a mile.

It is a nice foggy scene you have presented. I love photographing atmosphere. Thanks for sharing your road.

Evelynn : )

It's an eerie spot; got frightened when I first saw it.
So, I decided to give it a bit of "light"; hope you dont mind.
Do not want to be like "...perhaps they stayed ,for they can live there forever if they know how...and forever ends with the last breath..."
It was the "last breath" that got me thinking.
Great image as always.

bonjour Bob

j'aime beaucoup ta photo
je me vois dans un petit matin brumeux en pleine automne

j'aimes le cadrage de l'image

je suis allé voir le workshop et je préfère l'original



Hello Bob,
Some days are foggy days, and foggy days oten offers fine photo opportunities like here!
A beautiful view, a great feeling of depth!
Pablo -

Hi Bob,
Great note along with a beautiful photo. I hope this was not one of the areas ravaged by fire. Outstanding capture with the dark foilage in the foreground and fog adding depth and mystery to the image. Very well done.


What a gorgeous sight the colors your pov on this is all wonderful! Love the atmosphere here. TFS

A mystic path.... and a route to reach some where.... may be to a destination without destiny.... where our heart want to reach to become rich the way the photograph reached in my heart.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-08-19 12:14]

Hi Bob

It takes a special eye to spot something like this in fog.. its usually when I can't come up with anything but you have managed to pull us all into this picture with that bend...


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-23 5:43]

The romantic in me is impressed by the mist and the composition. And the photographer in me would be tempted to follow the road just a little farther. but I tend to forget danger when I am behind the lens -- so your notes serve as a fabulous warning too. Interesting how sometimes danger in itself becomes attractive

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-09-07 10:25]

Hi Bob,
This photo is so relaxing to look at! Lovely capture of this fog. I could almost smell the scent of the spruce and the pines in the forest.
Well done and TFS

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