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One Day in the West

One Day in the West
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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: 2008-04-14
Categories: Trees
Camera: Nikon D50, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-15 6:53
Viewed: 2645
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was thinking about this and wrote this last night. Considering conservationist had to take some strong roots somewhere, why not in the early days of America.

Leather saddled horse, rider , rifle and crossing in the late afternoon. A Winchester repeater and a horse not quite yet tired and slowly walking along almost as fast as a man could walk. The cowboy rides along with is head down but his ears open and he hears the crackle of heavy branches ahead....he quickly makes two moves. As he turns his head toward the direction of the noise, his right hand goes down to his saddle rifle holder. By the time he realizes it is just a deer crossing over a dead Pondersoa Pine, he already has his rifle up and aiming. While his eyes are on the deer, he thinks about how he is close to town....and there is a saloon, a dinner, some music and some well needed rest. The last thing an old cowboy wanted to do was to kill needlessly. He returns his rifle to the holder, say something quietly to his horse and it moves a bit faster, giving a noise of dissatisfaction of being disturbed from his gait......

I think of these things when I walk along this land. I not only see the landscape from my eyes, but I hear music in the wind and trees. the birds add higher notes as a flute. The crackling of Ponderosa pine branches give a rhythm slightly offbeat, enough to let me know that sometimes I live in my minds eye of history. There well may have been either cowboys or Indians passing through here many times. It was their land. the Indians. They treated it as we should. native Americans did not kill without giving credit to their prey and speaking to it's spirit. Perhaps the cowboy might have not been as religious about his kill.....all of these notions...and thoughts and scenarios...they flow through my mind as I go out and take simple landscape pictures...maybe I lived in a world of to many moves or too many Hollywood types....or perhaps....perhaps there is a bit of truth in native oral tradition....we are all connected...the tree with the ground the ground with our feet. Our feet are connected to our body and controlled by our mind. Time is irrelevant in the wilderness...all that matters is the present moment.....

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Hello Bob,
Superb and fantastic landscape shot in all aspects friend! Great composition!
Greetings from Cyprus,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-15 7:12]

Nice to have you as a neighbor, Bob!
Yes this scene conjures up both human and natural history and depicts a fine combination of young growth forest as well as the remainders of trees of by-gone days. I know little about the Wild West but thought I knew a lot when I was a kid playing cowboys and indians, imagining indians popping up behind the trees.
Roy Rogers was a favorite too but that was probably too long ago...
Thanks for sharing this tranquil scene that must have be less tranquil long ago and is about to be less tranquil at this time of year!

hello Bob

great landscape shot with fine POV and excellent details
of the vegetation, trees and branches, your notes
transport me when i was a children and playing
combat games Cowboys againts Indians, TFS


Hi Bob

Interesting thoughts. Even when I am out on my mountain bike I am still always seeing things - mind you I have been known to do an emergency stop when driving just to take a photo of something I have also seen... I am often amazed a what my husband does not see at all, which he often misses out on because of.

It is interesting seeing what others have for their nature reserves as well. Excellent details are shown here giving a really good idea on that part of the reserve.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-15 13:59]

Very good note to accompany this fine shot!
It really sets the scene perfectly!
Excellent detail here with great clarity.
Superb atmosphere and light.
Brilliant colours.
Very well done Bob!
Thankyou very much for sharing this!!


Hello Bob:

A good argument yours to accompany this desolate landscape of trees killed by civilization, or was the wind?. The fact is the same landscape messy. Now only be accessed cavalgado loins to a Harley of more than one horsepower, as it is not taxes that cowboy to ride an old horse tired of always carrying the mimso passenger. However gustaŕa me to be able to make a trip to ride a good horse for these lands or better American.

Regards teacher.

Thank you for your welcome my picture on TN 200.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-04-15 14:10]

Your mind wanders through what I call "invisible" history, a history that I don't know much because here, they weren't telling us the truth at school. also, in America history doesn't have the wide span in time you find in Europe. There are few landmarks and no architecture, almost. Lovely scene you describe, Bob, and once again your simple landscape sweeps me away in another time. Thank you!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-15 14:44]

Hi Bob...there isn't water in this pic but the point of view and the landscape is very very impressive,excellent quality and beautifull colours,my best compliments,luciano

Altro bellissimo paesaggio, bellissima composizione con il primo piano dell'albero morto e i giochi di luce che attraversano la ricca vegetazione e tracciano scie luminose sull'erba. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-15 22:40]

Hello Bob,
Lovely scene well captured but your note here tells just as much as your image. Great posting Bob, thanks for sharing.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-15 23:01]

Hi Bob

As always a thought provoking note (I expect you know that other non-western cultures had a much healthier attitude to their environment - the San in S Africa and many groups in India). Lovely, well thought out composition with great soft tones.


Namastay Bob,
A nice capture of this beautiful junglescape. I am pretty unaware about America's history. So the notes are a bit higher for me. Any way a good capture with excellent composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Bob, splendid landscape from a beautiful forest, good light and colors, great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Bob,
Seems like the landscape still is sleepy after winter, but when life comes back I guess it happens fast!
Nice to see this kind of virgin forest where cultivation is out of the question and the trees go back to nature when life is over...
A pleasant composition with good details!
Pablo -

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-16 9:41]

Hello Bob,
Interesting landscape you've captured here. I like the soft tones of colour and the spiky branches in the front. Beautiful light and shadows too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Bob,
This is a fine image of nature that lives with us today and yesterday for generation and still looks the same forever!
the lighting on this shot is superb with all the natural colour and fine details!
I loved the notes about cowboys
best regards

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-04-16 12:04]
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Hi Bob

Who knows what happened on any given piece of land where one might wander. What would the story of that stretch of territory be if it could converse to you and reveal its secrets?

Although your imagination took a little journey the reality is never far from fiction. Anyway, what's wrong with the minds eye taking a wee voyage of what might have been and that way enjoy the scenery or environs even more. As a kid I just loved to spend hours with an atlas and I regularly got lost in all the exotic and far off places I never would have been able to visit in real life. Yet I have experienced some wonderful times discovering those places.

Your note started of as fiction - of a man thinking ahead of his time, thinking about conservation long before the days when man destroyed certain species to extinction (a zero count), but it made the full circle and came back to today's reality. "Time is irrelevant…all that matters is the present moment…" We are the last generation that have time to make a difference. What difference will we make at the end of the day?

Well done and TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-17 6:17]

Hello Bob

An evocative posting that paints a picture of days gone by.
The focus is very good with excellent sharpness.
Lovely lighting and colours.
The soft yellows and Spring greens are subtle and well saturated.
Nicely composed


I'm still catching up on critiques and viewing. I really should make time during the week to get to TN more often.

Again, a wonderful landscape! :)

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