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Near the Top

Near the Top
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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: 2005-10-10
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-07 6:18
Viewed: 2835
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A sacred road. A pathway of life through a mountain wilderness halfway between heaven and earth for all people with inspiration in their journey. We are today near the top of this small mountain called "Elizabeth", in a forest with no name. This road turns to a path for horse and hikers around two more bends....and that is where this body of mind stops going upwards. For me to go any higher in this world, I will more than likely be in Spirit form, "sans skin" and bones. I leave these journeys to more experienced folks, young ones with strong heart and bodies....the ones with whom the animals never seem to bother. There is an aura to a mountain trekker which exceeds human philosophy. The will and the need to climb harsh high rocks takes more than a "one person body." It takes with it a Guardian Angel which at most times protects and shows. But then there are times when even the heartiest, trip and fall. Yet this is the life they choose and chose. I am much more the reporter of things...and do indeed know my limits.

....and so I can tell you these trees...I have named them before...they are all of pine, fir and western tamarack, the later having by this time in the year shed its needles and lay its branches bare. The road/path is one car wide....and there is no parking lot at the end....only a steep gully and then a dramatic rise upwards to over 6000 feet of granite cliffs. They are both shear and breaking. Ice forms and melts. Wedges of frozen water slowly tear at the workings of the mountains, slowly reducing the millions of years it took for lava and geomorphic change which formed them. For the mountains are as we, in a cycle of life.

First there is a mountain,
Then there is no mountain,
Then there is!
First there is a mountain
Then there is no mountain!
-Donovan Leitch

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Hi Bob, fascinating misty composition with splendid forest, wonderful colors, beautiful great trees, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-07 6:25]

Hello Bob,
This is a simply gorgous image Bob, a scene I have witnessed many times but can't seem to get right. Thanks for this great shot and note as always.
Your Friend Rick

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-07 6:30]

There's been a few times when i've been up in the high areas of Wales and Scotland, when the clouds stream in and the wind sings in the rocks, that a sense of dislocation from the real world is very strong indeed. They are other worldly places at times, and it's probably for this reason that people visit them, if only to suspend reality for a short while...
You shot here is a nice demonstration of this i think, with the low slung cloud and the feeling of subdued quiet...makes me want to get back up there!

Hello Bob
Wonderful shot of a Sacred Road ;O)
Perfect composition,colors and fog makes it a superb shot.

Good Luck

Namastay Bob,
What beautiful scenery. Nicely composed with very good lighting and a lovely color contrast. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hello Bob
Mist at height (and low down for that) always holds a sense of mystery for me.
You have captured the road perfectly for me with a superb dof looking as far the eye or mind can see..and generally the mind goes further than the eye.
All the Best

Only I can say, thanks you a lot.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-07 9:08]

Hi Bob,

A beautiful scene framed by the trees. The mist at the end of the road gives an eerie feeling. Once again your notes are extraordinary.


An ethereal composition. The road leads us curved into the unseen distance enveloped in fog and silent trees. The dark shadows in the trees on either side adds moodiness. And the mist conveys a sense of uncertain wonder at what we may find if we traveled there. It both challenges and beacons us.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-07 9:20]

This is a vey effective way of showing how misty conditions can look good, and having weak eyesight I am no lover of fog. I like the solid framing provided by the nearer trees on each side and they open the way to others looking brighter and inviting because of the mist: infact without the fog this would not be so interesting!
You certainly have an appealing way with both your camera and your words.
Good to have you around, Bob!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-07 9:43]

Hello Bob,
This is the sort of weather I really dislike but I admire how other people manage to get such wonderful misty and foggy images. This is very beautiful, a bit like a cathedral. I wouldn't want to get lost here though! Very well done!
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-01-07 10:04]

hi mr.Bob,
its indeed a sacred road..the lighting is also great..very good picture...framing is also good..
i like the way you write critiques and notes..
it will be somewhat different from others and will be great..even Mr.Loot does the same.

Hello Bob,
This is trully a great spot for the photographing opportunity!
beautiful scenery with a misty atmosphere!
a great presentation with good and wonderful notes
many thanks for that

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-07 10:16]

I love that old song from Donovan ! :-) Well done again Bob on this great nature shot, I love the colors and textures in it. Good one, thanks !


Hi Bob,
This picture has a great mood and mystery! I enjoyed reading your notes a lot, seems like a very special place! Tones of colors and exposure are wonderful! This is a little work of art! Thanks,
PS Many on thanks on your touching comment about my Red Squirrel ;)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-07 11:56]

Hi Bob. Your picture today has a feel of mystery about it .the mist plays a big part in this and not being to see around the corner.as if you are being watched by somthing or someone !! what ever a great picture all the same. good detail and colours. all with your good notes. well done TFS.

Hi Bob,
Beautiful misty landscape with wonderful colours and composition.The light is also great,wonderful notes.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-07 12:50]

Very mysterious photo Bob!
The mist has created an eerie atmosphere.
Once again you have expertly used a road as an effective lead in to the photo giving a pleasing composition for the eye.
The different shades of green are fabulous!
Very sharp and very detailed.
Top stuff Bob.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-07 13:03]

Hi Bob,

Great composition you did with this landscape, the road bring us somewhere unknown and that's the beauty of this picture. We can let our imagination brings us anywhere we want. Lovely colours with good contrast and nice foggy background that makes this shot more mysterious. Very well done!


hello Bob

first i love the fog at the background of your image,
then i love the trees ans steps or levels, from the most
density colour to the less density or more smooth colour
(j'aimes ces arbres qui vont dans les couleurs du plus dense
au moins dense)

and again like your yesturdays posted pic i love the pov
of your image, just before where there is the curve



What a perfect composition....classic! Wonderful ethereal feel - warm and cool at the same time. Lovely!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-07 20:12]

Hola Sr. Bob.- Una muy bella foto. Los colors lucen suaves y tiene ese toque especial de un gran fotografo. Muy hermoso el cielo nublado y tambien de los pinos.
La nota escrita es como siempre muy bella.
Un Saludo y un fuerte abrazo de quien lo aprecia y estima.
Luis Leal.

Hi Bob
I really like this scene that you have posted. I really like the way the fog gives it that ministry affect. And it really adds to the wonder of what's around the bend in the road.
And the different colors in the trees and especially the tall grass on each side of the road really adds a lot. I feel that lawbert explains this scene the best and I totally agree with his comment. You did a wonderful job with the scene that you have captured.
Thanks for sharing and I enjoy the note that goes with it.
Best regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-08 0:05]

Hi Bob,
Just acknowledging this wonderful shot from you. Sorry for the short job my friend, absolutely stretched.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-08 8:30]

Hi Bob.
Thanks for true art picture and interesting note. POV is selected very well. I also like framing of the picture. The combination of the lights and shadows are so impressive. I don't know if the color palette is natural (I mean green tones) but picture by its coloration produces the powerful impression. Bravo and best wishes.

Hi Bob,

The road is framed by the evergreens on each side, the point of view is giving depth to the photo. The fog is giving a mystic or scarry atmosphere. Well done, thanks for sharing.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-08 18:19]

Hello Bob, such a simple picture yet so beautiful. I love the golden tones we see in the herbs each side of the road, and also on the fir right in the middle. The light also has a little something like gold. Mysterious place and great notes. Thanks!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-08 20:13]

Hello Bob

Another beautiful alpine shot.
I love the layers in this shot.
The fog adds a nice element of atmosphere.
Well focused with very good details.
Nicely composed with the country road leading the eye through the shot.


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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2008-01-09 4:26]

hi bob, nice shot. almost like a fairy tale forest. very poetic note!


Hi Bob,
Can't tell from your notes what time of day this is..So I'll pick a misty morning, with the road ahead shrouded in the mystery of life itself.
A man has to know his limitations..And as we get older, they become most clearly evident ;}

This is beautiful!!! Love your pov and the incredible mood of the picture.Beautiful. TFs

Hello Bob,
Not only the the fog adds to that feeling, the turn of the road also, what is waiting around the bend?
A fine capture of the late autumn mood, an attractive composition with a fine sense of depth!
Pablo -

Beautiful shot. The mist has created a magical effect. Great composition.

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