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Fall on a Primitive Road

Fall on a Primitive 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: 2004-09
Categories: Trees
Camera: Olympus e100rs
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Wilderness [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-29 6:39
Viewed: 4040
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the start of a primitive road in the wilderness. This picture includes Aspens, Birch, Maple, Apple and a couple of other species unknown to me. What you don't see in this 750 foot section of road, I have seen. From the position of my camera to the end of the road seen pictured...I have seen cougar, coyote, prairie dogs, porcupine, beaver, otter (wetlands not in view), eagle, kestrel, redtail hawk, magpie, pheasant, crow, mountain bluebird, yarrow, wild strawberry, mullein, and old chiefs home, remnants of a 1880 way station, summer, winter snows, spring floods washing away the road, fall...pictured now.

There are too many other species I have forgotten in the years. The road here is at it's best having just been graded for winters heavy fallings. It is the last you will see of any road that would be travelable by city car. It is the last of the flat part of the road. It is the ONLY flat part of the road. Now remember this humble start of the road is already at 1900 feet elevation in a mountain valley and from here it goes where few have gone, up up and away....

Yet for a simple start, this road is as full of nature in one day than any place I have ever been. And this area seen is moody. It can be foggy one day, slick with 2 inches of ice the nest day. It can be hot and dry one day and totally gone two days later in a flood. Geology changes this road. Nature changes the feelings of this road every day in enormous ways. Yet it looks in this picture as calm and wonderful as pumpkin pie and the smell of apple cider. You see....the camera can make magic. It captures a moment. It captures a feeling and it gives the road a personality. Simple as this was, it is now the picture I took this one fine fall day when it greeted me with this glorious smile.

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Autumn colors...ah...makes me feel crispy just looking at them. :)
Beautiful composition with the slightly curved road drawing us deeper into the shot.
You take us there!

hello bob,
the colours of fall look beautiful, i liked the pov and the composition very much, the image has a 3 d effect, lovely notes which are usual with all your posts, this road offers a lot to a nature lover like you,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Bob

You have caught the autumn colours really well here. It really makes us feel like we are there. And the bend in the road adds that little extra to the picture as well.

Nicely done and TFS

Hello Dear Bob
What a great scene you captured,
Perfect composition and lighting,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

You've done a great job of capturing the magic and the moment of this rural road. Nice colors abound. I like the point of view looking down the road but not seeing the end. Something remains. Well done.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-29 9:21]

The fall colours always stand out so well against a stormy sky, don't they!
Mother Nature's autumn smile is warm and friendly indeed in your capture here.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-08-29 12:24]

I like to see your picture, its very beautuful. I like colors of the beginning of autumn

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-29 13:04]

Man would I love to go on one of these wild roads!! :
Sharp with great detail.
Nice colours.
Well done,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-29 13:47]

Hi Bob. Sounds like my kind of place. had to go to London today glad to get back to Dorest tonight. As you say your picture shows a nice day with colour in the trees and sky. but it can all change so fast. a very nice compostion. and POV. well done TFS. great story too.
Nick.. thanks.

Hi Bob,

Great capture, particularly given it's a 1.2 meg camera. I could almost believe I was there, walking along the road camera in hand watching and listening. You've caught this a particularly nice time of year, although I guess you'd say it's a pretty special place all year round. Nice colours and light and great composition.



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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-08-29 14:52]

Una deliciosa imagen Bob.
Buenos colores muy agradables y nítidos.
Saludos, Sira.

bonjour Bob

autre belle composition de paysages et excellentes notes
ta photo et tes notes nous font rêver de la belle campagne



Salut Bob
Très belle photo de paysage avec un beau cadrage,
j'aime le contrate qui se dégage de cette photo entre les couleurs froides de l'arrière-plan (ciel orageux et les montagne) et les couleurs chaudes
de l'avant-plan (les arbres aux couleurs automnales)
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-08-29 19:46]

Hola Sr. Bob.- Un bello camino por donde me gustaria caminar y estar en contacto con la Naturaleza. Me agrada la forma en que Ud. escribe sus notas, pues siempre son muy gratas de leer. Saludos Luis52.

Belle perspective bien équilibrée.
Bonne journée.

Hi Bob
Wildernes. Beautiful shot. Fantastic light, great saturated colors and that dark cloud in the sky.
there is something peaceful in your shot
Best wishes

Hi Bob,
Lovely capture of a country road in Autumn. Quite a variety of trees. Excellent sky showing the advent of winter. Well done.


There is a very good "feel" about this primitive road flanked by fall shade of trees, Bob. I am just curious what lies beyond that curve ahead :-).
Very beautiful image from your past collection. Thanks for sharing it.

Hi Bob, Lovely color. The image brings me to memories of being in the Jakson Hole, Wyo. area in the fall.
The mild pixalation accentuates the light dancing on the leaves. Or is it the light of the trees dancing with the sun?
Nice sense of depth with the road narrowing to the BG.

This is the road where you can talk, to You.The road where air speaks. And a picture that painted the season.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-31 6:39]

Hi Bob,
Great scene with wonderful details and lovely colour tones. I like the way the road is leading my eyes in surrounded by those big trees on either side and to the blue mountains. Feels so soothing. Fantastic lighting and majestic ambience here captured with much deftness. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-02 19:41]

What a beautiful photo, bright colors, nice stormy sky in back ground. The road add a poetic theme to this excellent landscape.


Hello Bob,
Any day now we're there again!
The summer wasn't very much here, so I hope for a colourful autumn to come...
This is a pleasant composition with a strong lead-in, great colours of course!
Pablo -

Another fine bit of 1.2 MP mastery, Bob. You've captured this stretch at perhaps one of its most inviting moments, and yet the gold so quickly prevailing over the green signals another transition already more than a little under way. Good use of the road in the scene, good sharpness and pleasing results despite the challenge of that generally flat-toned mass of cloud. Engaging note, too, per usual :)

Nice picture with good colors and very nice depth.
Just take care with oversharpening,if you have trees or other plants inside the picture.
But well done!

Very beataifull road I want to.
nice compostion and nice colours
well done

Hi Bob,a nice fall scenery nice colours.A road with peace and quiet wonderful work.


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