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Hidden Gold

Hidden Gold
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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: 2005-10
Categories: Trees
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-03 6:35
Viewed: 3045
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 26
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These few deciduous yellow Tamarack trees turned fall needles a bit later than most, as they were well protected from elements. They were deep into a steep ravine next to my wilderness cabin. It is quite the climb down through burdock and odd plants. Snakes.....tics...unusual creepy things and all very quiet with exception of the running creek at the bottom. Occasionally the silence was broken by snapping limbs on the ground.. as they were cracked by an animal of some sort or another. We always feared the most dangerous of course, which is why we carried firearms. Pepper spray is a joke. Taze them? I think not. The dog usually barked them away but we could still feel the stare down, even without seeing them.....

Surrounding the Tams are some Colorado Blue Spruce and white and red fir. There is some deception to the height of the trees. The Tams are about 40 feet tall. The Tam bare and to the left with only the trunk visible is about 70 feet tall. They are though on different levels at base. A difference of about 50 feet of hillside. Should the tall one ever have come down in a storm, although unlikely, it would have hit my photo shop and darkroom. I like to keep my working area close to the things I pictured. It gave a oneness or wholeness to what I was doing.

Dead branches. Well they are a part of reality of the scene. Like a small unseen bug crawling around and itching.. but you cannot find it? No. Dead branches are unfortunately common. In this case it was Pine Beetle which killed the tree...This is becoming more and more of a problem in the Pacific Northwest US. The dead dry trees left behind are a very big problem every fire season. They ignite quickly and in groves as rapidly as the wind they create a firestorm of immense proportions.....spreading to the lively good green trees and propagating into weather...it is after all a part of the cycle...

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-09-03 6:47]

Hi Bob,
a nice capture of this beautiful scene.
The golden tree stands out very well.
Sharp and detailed.
Well done,

I can pick out your photos now without even seeing your name. :)
I love the distinctive style...that makes a photographer - his own style!
Wonderful shot...again!

Once again, excellent views of beautiful scenery from the northwest! You make us want to move out there! But as you point out, there are dangers included with the beauty. Even the ticks. Well done.


It isn't just gold that hidden away there Bob, but all sorts of beautiful colours.
I love forests and I love all the different colours contained within and the way the light plays with them.
A lovely shot of un-spoilt nature.


The textures the colors the amazing pov! Beauty found everywhere. Love the lines of branches here and the whoosh of greenery there. A good painting feel to it. TFS

bonjour Bob

un trésor trouvé dans le fin fond du bois (rire),
première place où va mon oeil dans la photo
c'est cette arbre en jaune entouré par les verts

joli cadrage en vertical, ça nous fait voir la hauteur des arbres



hello bob,
this is one of your trademark shots and you have this ability to spot the hidden beauty which most of the people may ignore,

very nice colours and the contrast between the green anf the golden leafs, nice pov, beautiful composition,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Bob,
Nice view of the forest from above. Lovely colors and a fine POV. Well captured.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-09-04 3:15]

Bob what a shot. I just remember our forest in India while we pass through the railway track. This is just superb. What I like is the yellow tree in the middle. Ganesh


I've said it before, but it constantly amazes me how someone can look at a bunch of trees and see a picture. Not just a random picture of tree parts, but a picture that's well composed and executed. I guess this is a bit like impressionist art; we look at it and can see that it works, but we don't quite know why. However, we do know when it doesn't work. The answer must be having a instinct for good composition; rather than an understanding of the rules of composition; the difference between seeing and feeling and thinking and planning. Any views?


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-04 13:10]

Great capture of the true wilderness. There is nothing citified or tame about the simple reality of this
Great notes

I can only repeat the old proverb...."The old is Gold". The hidden gold was unearthed by 'Golden Oldie'.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-05 13:49]

Hi Bob. The one tree stands out so well against the grren of the others. a very good compostion. with good detail .well done tFS.

"... The dead dry trees left behind are a very big problem every fire season. They ignite quickly and in groves as rapidly as the wind they create a firestorm of immense proportions.....spreading to the lively good green trees and propagating into weather...it is after all a part of the cycle..."
So, why live there now??? At my age, now, I would not dare do what you are doing.
Lovely photo. Great DETAILED notes. I could 'see' far beyond your image just because of your notes. WHAT A GREAT WRITER.!!! Such talent.!!!
Bob, when are you coming to Canada? You said September. It will soon get FAR too cold. Hurry up, my friend.
Great photo opportunities here.
Greetings from your 'gutless' pal.

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