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Water for Aspen

Water for Aspen
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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: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04
Categories: Trees
Camera: Nikon D50, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-21 5:57
Viewed: 2727
Points: 43
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the days of cowboys and Indians, it was then well know where to dig for a well. Always go near a grove of Aspen. Still today some use witching as a method and still incorporate the Aspen knowledge. It has always held true for us in the wilderness. Having dug a number of wells by hand, water of good quality and flow could be found near the aspens.

In this image, the Aspen are not only near water, they are also in water. When the winters snows melted on Turnbull, many of lower lying patches, called wetlands now by our government, fill almost as a pond. This particular one s the one I videoed and mentioned on TN forum. In case you did not see that "Quaky" video..it Can be seen by clicking here

Oddly enough and well into spring, we had an inch of snow last night which puts us about 2 and a half inches to go before we reach an all time snow year record. There have already been reports of flooding in the west side of Washington State where it is a bit warmer and also closer to the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. And also in this image, under the water, are many native and rare grass species. On the sunny day I took this image, all of the greenery was becoming apparent. I suspect in a couple more weeks it will come alive with natural creatures and I hope to be there to see it and share.

mariki, dkaved, PaulH, jusninasirun, fartash, jaycee, nglen, warnzy, CeltickRanger, Luis52, Jamesp, angela926, ramthakur, haraprasan, gracious, Adanac has marked this note useful
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Hello Bob,

Very nice composition. Very good framing. Great sharpness, light and colours.
Very well done,

Hi Bob,
A very pleasant and relaxing scene.I like the reflection on the water and the nice natural colours and attractive light.Take care and have a good week.
Regards, david

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-21 6:50]

Very interesting note about the location of Aspens near underground water, a genuinely useful piece of wisdom, cheers!
Like the sunny side light here and the palette of new greens. The reflection mixed in with all this creates a very nice effect too. Cheers Bob, have good Monday my friend.

Interesting note as always Bob. You are one true photojournalist complemented by interesting image. The trees and the water are well captured true to the note. Well done and Best regards. Jusni

Hello Bob
Excellent scene you captured :O)
Perfect composition,exposure and POV.
Superb shot my friend


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-04-21 9:42]

Hi Bob,

Very interesting notes to explain these Aspens appearing to grow out of the water. You captured this pefectly - a lesson that perhaps I should look down more often!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-04-21 13:10]

So snow is still falling Bob. But do you want the record to be broken? I think not?
I have always liked the look of Aspen trees - we don't have them here, but when I started looking at photos on the computer I was always drawn to Aspens. Their white bark and dark marking are always so attractive.
Nice to see them here with their wet feet,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-21 13:14]

Hi Bob , They say you learn something each day well i just have by reading you notes about the Aspen tree and water. I will now go and wake up the wife and tell her .I think Not. Your notes are always of interest so thanks to you my friend.
i like the mix of colours you have in the picture from the blue and greens to the silver whites of the trees. you have used the light well giving good detail.
well done TFs.

Hi Bob,

Really interesting note and I enjoyed the video of the wetlands - I'd love to get out there one day. I love the shot of the Aspen, which is well seen and beautifully composed. Still waiting for one of your B&W specials.


hello Bob

i love your Aspen trees shot on the water,
fine POV and DOF, lovely luminosity of the image
with excellent shrpness and details, here too in many many
places after the winter when the snow is melted
you see in the woods little places fill almost as a ponds,

an example, the nature park where come the wood ducks
many places there is very little ponds, the mallards
are there, there is few many, and the wood ducks
are in the main pond where is the nesting box

but in may, those places are dried and the
mallards too come to the main pond,



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-21 16:22]

Hi Bob,what a great idea the trees in the water,excellent work and excellent words as your style,i like a lot,my best complimnets for the best quality,Luciano

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-21 19:16]

Hola Sr. Bob.
Una muy bella imagen de estos Alamos. Tiene mucha razon de buscar agua cerca de estos arboles. Sabiduria de los indios pasados, que aun hoy en dia estan vigetes.
Saludos Bob.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-21 22:53]

Hi Bob,
Wonderful shot and you have taught us a good lesson today. Sums up as a good documentary image. Immaculate sharpness and lovely colours with clear details. The blue patches on the water of the reflecting sky looks majestic. Bright sunny lighting and I like the light/shadow effect. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-21 23:29]

Hi Bob

Great composition - compliments yesterdays - stong verticals with good detail and colour.


Hello Bob,
Very nice shot, excellent sharpness and depth
of field, good composition and point of view,
nice colors and contrast, good details and
lovely light.

Yes, Bob, the earth around these Aspen trees is getting green with fresh and re-born vegetation. Soon, other life forms would appear and grow together. That is the Miracle of Mother Nature that sustains life on our planet.
Though the Aspens are still barren, soon they too would have their new leaves.
The image of these trees is sombre and soothing. There is a feel of hope and not of despair.
The bits and pieces of the blue sky reflected on the water add to the general sense of happiness and hope in your picture.
Thanks and take care.

Namastay Bob,
A nice capture of these aspen trees. Hope the water doesn't stay there for long else the trees will die. Excellent composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hello Bob,
The fine spring light really makes the trunks stand out!
The trees are captured with fine details, and the image has a great feeling of depth...
And spring means water everywhere, for a while! The mood is well captured in an image containing several typical elements of the season!
Pablo -

Hello Bob,
Very useful knowledge to get water near Aspen!
a beautiful image with aspen in the water with good lighting and wonderful details in the shot!
many thanks for the sharing and notes

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-23 19:30]

Hello Bob,
Splendid composition with beautiful scene wonderfully captured.
I have done some witching with copper rods and been quite successful. Thanks for sharing Bob.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-24 6:57]

Hello Bob

A lovely vertical composition with beautiful reflections.
The lighting and colours are wonderful.
Nicely composed in the frame.


Again, a simple scene that you transformed into much more. :)

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