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The 10,000 Things

The 10,000 Things
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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: 2006-04-20
Categories: River
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-18 7:43
Viewed: 2993
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ten Thousand Things

Out of chaos we comprehend. Out of complexity, we see simplicity. Our eyes see the whole and our thoughts and feelings are projected onto that full tablet. No person sees from the same perspective. Jackson Pollack made this perfectly clear or perhaps in an obtuse way, how ironic. True nature is what man/woman sees as complex, but his/her eyes have the ability to see beyond the complexity of nature and into it's soul.

When most, including me on certain days, look at this image they see complexity. But there is so much conveyed to a person who has truly been at this location. This image shows to me what it was "like" that day. For that day was different than the previous and will be different one nanosecond after I click the shutter. Now...today when I look at this image, knowing where it is in the wilderness, I not only see, I remember my comprehension of all things related. It is spring. I know because the creek is about 2 feet higher than usual and is running fast. Running faster even in stillness I can tell it is morning. I know this because the creeks move faster in the morning. The grasses appear dry and to any other that might indicate later on in the year, but I know that the tall grasses dry are the survivors of winter and that the dry grasses on the side of the creek indicate the ones who survived horizontally during a heavy snowfall of winter which had just left a few weeks ago.

I can tell there are no bees nor flying insects because the image projects the temperature and already knowing the time of year, I am aware that this is not quite the time for wasps and bees. I also for the same reason know there are no snakes. I do know there are coyote and cougar. I know this because I know this is their territory but I know chances are they will not be here now because it is morning. Cougars, also called mountain lions, frequently do their hunting after 2pm.

The image was not taken for beauty, yet there is hidden beauty in all nature. The image was taken more for a reference in time and season, and to record the waters flow, and to remind myself that I was there...and know as I look at this today, I left a big piece of me there. I know this because I can hear it calling me....

Fujifilm DSLR
Nikkor 85mm
ISO 800

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hello bob,
very nice capture, you and markus have this special ability to see and capture the beautiful nature where people like me simply fail to notice it,
I am sure that markus will also love this capture, the natural color looks lovely in this pleasing composition, nice notes too ,
tfs & regards

Hi Bob!

This is not a critique on your posting, just a comment.

Did I really need these explanations? Maybe. On the other hand you say in your notes that "No person sees from the same perspective." When I looked at your picture and read your notes it was with a different perspective - mine - I did it with my eyes and my heart and feelings. I think I was right and allowed to do so.

Neither your picture nor your notes made me dive into your ten thousand things... I apologize for this disability.

I didn't feel what you felt, I didn't realize what you wanted to express, I didn't catch your world. Am I to blame for this? Is the fact that I dared to give only one point to your posting a valuable reason to post this explanation by calling my name?

Why do you pillory me? Your posting was a good one, but from my point of view not as good as others from you, and, for the reasons I evoked, not worth the full points. Maybe I was wrong. But now you treat me as a little schoolboy that has to be punished. Punished in a very old and ugly way: by making me looking silly. Markus needs a lesson, a lesson about what is important on this planet and in our life. Ok, Bob, I accept this lesson and will try to never offend you anymore.

I apologize for having given you only one point.

I apologize for not having appreciated your posting at the value you gave to it.

I apologize for not being able to catch the sense of what is important in our life.

I apologize for not seeing the (hidden) beauty in our nature.

I apologize for not having the ability to see beyond the complexity of nature and into it's soul.

I apologize for this reaction, but it reflects the way I feel tonight.

I'm an idiot, sorry for that...

Yours sincerely


You force one to see beyond the clutter/chaos Bob.
Your message is a "point of reference" not only of changing seasons, but of the change within that "allows" one to see into nature's very soul..
There is beauty in your message, and that's what we need to see here.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-18 15:59]

Hi Bob,this time your words are better of the pic..ehehe...another wonderfull marriage between pic and words,no need a fantastic pic to build an excellent work,my best compliments,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-08-18 19:22]

Hola Sr. Bob.- Nice photo, great note, I know what You mean in Your note.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-08-18 19:41]

Hello Bob,
There is only one way a person can see and feel all that you have spoken of in this image, and that is by personal experience and wisdom gained through time. You possess them both, thanks for sharing this image and your thoughts.

Helo Bob. A very good mixture and combination of colors in good perspective. The running water adds interest to the frame. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-18 21:01]

Hi Bob,
You have captured this wilderness with finesse and portray a scene I get to see very often while exploring sanctuaries. The small streams really are the lifeline for animals and shrubs/bushes and sometimes can come in sudden bursts. Without delving into your thoughts put in your note I see this just as a superb image and a fine perspective. Thanks for sharing.

Bob, I've seen your fresh portfolio picture and it's cool!
Now for the picture in hand. Did I tell you that I read your note first and then look at your picture? Because that's how I relate to your work. There is so much thought behind an image and when you can articulate it in words, the impact is deeper. Yes, simplicity and complexity juxtapose each other in this image.
And I agree with you about "beauty" that you speak of in your last paragraph....

Namastay Bob,
As you have told 10,000 things about wilderness here. And I have felt same. When I recall some places where I went without a camera (infact that time I didn't own any camera). Very well captured and well said. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hello, Bob. Your notes, as always, are delicious. I love your musings, the way you put things into perspective, and how you seem to find hope in moments that seem so barren.

This photo captures the chaos of nature (and wasn't that quite the show last night???) and also, despite the wreck of destroyed tree, there's running water - a reminder of how life goes on despite the damage our earth suffers.

I like to imagine that there are fish in the water, not to mention, so many animals are replenished by the life-giving fluid of the water. Even in moments that seem empty, desolate, and heart-breaking, there's usually (if we look hard enough), a reminder that hope flows, and in this instance, it is the water, a substance of life...
ps: love the new photo of you in your profile...

Hi Bob,
Your capture of this location reminds me of the complex neuronal network within the brain; subsequent thoughts are part & parcel of (effects of) less on physical attributes and more on the nitty gritty of this neuronal networking..............! Refer image Electrical Circuits of Brain.
Regards-Dr Subhash Ranjan

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