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Mighty Columbia

Mighty Columbia
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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: 2006-03
Categories: River
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-29 6:16
Viewed: 2943
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In order to get from the city location I am in now here in Cheney, WA. to Ferry county, where my wilderness lives..I have only so many choices but all three call for crossing the Columbia river either by bridge or ferry boat.

The picture was taken from Lincoln County on the south side of the Columbia river, looking north into Ferry county and the mountains and the Colville Indian Reservation. The line in the middle of the image is the watermark of the Columbia. This image was taken after a long drought giving us a good look at the normal water line. And I am sitting here on a loading platform, awaiting a VERY small 6 car 1952 built ferry run by the Colville Confederated Indian Tribes.

When I cross over on the Ferry, I will start climbing quickly in altitude/elevation. From where this image taken it is 80 miles straight north on one single lane road to my wilderness.

This image was shot a few hours after having a cataract operation on one of my eyes..I had a lens replacement as well..which is pretty much how it is done..and remember this..once I get to the other side of the Mighty Columbia, I am in what we natives call "God's Country"...where few men live and many pass on....from here to there, I will see no other cars, but probably a few black bear and maybe a nice moose! Seriously...had I known I would be on TN back then I would have many more images..

85mm Nikor F Mount
ISO 800
High ISO Caused a bit of noise
Shot high ISO because I forgot to change it:-)
Hand held

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Hello Bob,
The Mighty Columbia appears very different in your neck of the woods than it does here in the Gorge country. In ways it appears more tame, and in others the vbarrn landscape appears more rugged. The "wilderness" where you call home must be an inviting locale where one finds solitude and peace distant of today's current events.
I did not know of this Ferry in the Colville Reservation, I will have to look it up one day and see where it takes me ^^^... A great beginning to a long dusty ride to that home that you call Wilderness where no man owns, and the spirits of all living entities dwell...
Great shot here my friend...

Hello Bob,
Here you are, it is actually a mighty Columbia. The terrain looks great with beautiful river & water line flowing through it. TFS.

Hi Bob, great scene capture with excellent details and composition. The structure of the hils on back side are wonderful.
TFS and cheers,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-29 11:54]

Hi Bob,

A beautiful scene of the Columbia and so interesting to see the watermark. I'm so glad you posted this. One of the most delightful trips I have taken in the US was a cruise on the Columbia. It was the only time I visited the northwest and it was before my camera days so no pictures at all. I learned more about Lewis and Clark than I knew there was to learn.


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-12-29 14:00]

Voilà un paysage qui change en ce froid hiver.
Bonne journée.

hello Bob

beautiful scene of the Columbia river
with the small mountains in background,
i love the textures and details of the foreground
and background of the small mountains, TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-29 18:15]

Hello Bob,
Excellent image of the mighty Columbia, when we crossed it on our way to see you, I couldn't believe how windy it was. She has her roots in Canada. Your image shows well the low flow at that time, along with the beautful countryside. Great work my friend especiel with one eye.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-12-29 22:02]

Beautiful country Bob,
I've never been to this part of the US., but hopefully someday Rosie and I will get out for a visit.
I would never have guessed that the dark lines were water marks. At first glance I thought it was something like a vein of coal or some mineral layer.

Hi Bob,

The diagonal line of the Columbia river is an asset to the composition. The point of view takes our eyes toward the mountains in the background which is giving depth to the photo. The intensity of the light is enhancing the colors of the scenery. All the best for the New Year 2009.


Namastay Bob,
Hope you and Jane are feeling well now. A nice capture of this beautiful scenery. OH! so you also sometime forget to change the ISO ;) same pinch. Lovely composition light work. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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