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Moving On
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 IS USM, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bear photos, Vanderschelden's favorites III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-18 10:07
Viewed: 4845
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I think this is my final post to TrekNature. It's been fun. I've learned so much and have enjoyed the friendships of so many. I'll miss you and the site, but I don't think there is another post or critique in me. I'm tired. In a way I feel like this bear. He came out of hibernation to be faced with several more weeks of winter. With every step he sank deep into the snow; and just where would the next meal be found? I remember a young Native American boy whose pony had not survived the winter. He said, "Spring come, but pony couldn't wait". I feel not unlike that pony.

Happy Shooting!


Adanac, vanderschelden, CeltickRanger, eqshannon, JoseMiguel, PaulH, bobair, Luis52, sranjan, bobcat08 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To gondox: ThanksEvelynn 2 01-29 02:20
To Vinster: ThanksEvelynn 5 01-28 08:16
To Luis52: Thank you!Evelynn 1 01-27 18:45
To CeltickRanger: Thank you!Evelynn 2 01-26 20:09
To mbasil: ThanksEvelynn 2 01-26 19:28
To claudine: Thank you!Evelynn 1 01-26 16:57
To vanderschelden: ThanksEvelynn 1 01-26 16:45
To tuslaw: ThanksEvelynn 1 01-26 16:35
To Wolfpower: ThanksEvelynn 1 01-26 16:31
To horia: ThanksEvelynn 2 01-26 01:00
To Jamesp: Thanks for the critiqueEvelynn 1 01-25 16:22
To PaulH: ThanksEvelynn 1 01-25 16:18
To Heaven: ThanksEvelynn 1 01-25 16:10
To eqshannon: huh?Evelynn 1 01-19 07:48
To Wolfpower: Come backWolfpower 1 01-18 19:53
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Hello Evelynn

I am saddened by this news.
The image fits the sentiment of this post exactly.
I will miss your compositions and evocative scenes.
You have a wonderful eye for natural beauty.
Thank you for all the kind words and encouragement in the past my dear friend.
If you knew me as well as my family does you will understand why my next statement is so difficult.I really don't know what to say.
But thanks I guess,until we meet again.
Thanks for sharing the many wonderful images.
Wolf (arf arf)

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-18 11:20]

Hello Evelynn. It sad when someone has to leave but you must do whats best for you . Wolf said it all with good words . Lets hope one day you will feel its right to return. A fine picture to leave us with .
Take care

  • bazzap Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 2 N: 43] (377)
  • [2009-01-18 11:34]

Come back later...well every now and again hey!
Special cheers and good thoughts from downunder. I do enjoy seeing your pictures and reading your text.

  • mrlins Silver Star Critiquer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 8] (314)
  • [2009-01-18 13:00]

A nice shot, the feelings are in the air, God bless you.

Best regards


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-01-18 13:19]
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Hello Evelynn,
Even though I never got to meet you face to face I feel a lump beginning to form in my throat as I read your words. I have not even been on TN for a year, but I always counted on gleaning any tiny morsels of photo knowledge from your honest critiques.
Your photos have inspired me in ways you will never know, and I will truly miss viewing them here on TN. I am not very good at saying goodbye, so I'll just say,...Thank you for being a great friend...I'll see you later....God Bless......

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-18 13:51]

Hello Evelynn,
PLEASE, just take a break, get over the winter duldrums, paint some of your gorgeous fall images on canvas, breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. Then you will find it in you to return, I don't care how long that is but if I have to endure this fall with out your amazing images I'm not sure what I will do. I do know how you feel though, sometimes I wish I would just spot posting, but when I'm away I miss it so much. Before I found you and this site I yearned to show people my images, but after a while my family was getting tired of me. This is a great site, made greater by YOUR presence, that allows me to interact with like minded people. In the end you do what is best for Evelynn Smith, but I know this site is way better because of you. I have enjoyed our friendship and I truly hope that continues no matter what you decide. Take care MY FRIEND and God Bless. Awesome image TOO.
Big Hugs

Hi Evelynn
You have my understanding with your decision - I've also been finding it difficult to summon up the effort to post and critique on a daily basis. In fact, today was my first for twelve days. I hope that perhaps you will change your mind and perhaps post on a weekly basis as your work is excellent, as this shot displays.
BTW I think you are so lucky to live in a place where you can see a wild bear. Here in the UK the only large mammals you see are deer (most of which are introduced species).
Kind Regards

Hello Evelynn,
Hopefully you'll change your mind. I respect your choice of course.
But it's a pity.
Sometimes I have the same feeling. I understand it in a way.
I like your gallery very much and I also liked your critiques; honest, friendly and to the point...
Kind of special person. Once again thanks for the photo of 'my' bear somewhere in your gallery and of course also for this one...
Hope to say 'hi again' soon though:-)

Hi Evelynn,
There is something heartbreaking about this picture and your notes. Your contribution to TN was important to many members. As someone else said, maybe you just need a break. I don't think that you love for nature and pictures will go away like this and maybe that someday, you'll be willing to come back to share your wonderful photos. I wish you the best and I thank you for your presence and for having sharing your knowledge during those years. The best luck to you! Greetings,

hello Evelynn

i was very sad (la tristesse m'a envahit) when i start
to read the first line of your notes, it is a lovely
photography but after reading your notes your image
gives a sentiment of sadness with your decision,
i respect your decision and wish one day you will come back

i always loved the wild animal photographys of your galery Evelynn,
i remember that lovely photos of the coyote pups
with one of their parent, like that photos this one too
will go on my favorites as souvenir from you,

and i wish Evelynn one day you will return
to this wonderful community of nature photographers
with your beautiful photographys of wild animals,
birds, eagles and wild landscapes,

for this image Evelynn, i love it because
with the bear we have a view of his habitat,
belle photo mais remplit de tristesse

thanks to your friendship on TN, and the
critiques and kind words you wrote to me


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-01-18 19:35]
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Hi Evelynn

I hope you reconsider - a magnificent shot! All aspects are perfect - exposure, framing, the pose of the bear with the snow on its coat .....


It arrived yesterday - I will email - bit diff at mo tho

You are one of the first to inspire me. I learned much from you, through your critiques and pointing things out which I was not very smart at...I used to think I knew it all...but alas...I am just human.

When the Creator said " I am the Alpha and the Omega", He/She meant 'they were', not us. And so for you, this really is not end. You are driven by the love of nature, travel and art. It is not an easy task to toss it all aside even if you think that you had pondered on it for along time...as I am sure you have...

I second Rick Price mention and words...and as far as passing emotion through photography, this image alone...tells the tale of how you can work with not only art and photo, but with words and feelings. So take Ricks advice..He is a kind and gentle man...and he also understands...

Rev. Robert Shannon Sr.
Cheney , WA

Hello Evelynn,
If you are only thinking about it, then there is plenty of chances this won't be your last contribution here...I truly hope so.
You know, there are some things that doesn't work without the whole team, like TN, I just remember how different was when some people made a break some time ago.
Anyways, your work shared here has been so invaluable to me, I learnt so much and discovered new things through your eye and vision for pictures.
I must admit that I don't know how people who post everyday do that, it is so much energy and time. But probably a more relaxed pace of postings would work for you.
Anyways, if the bear has to go for whatever reason, he could do it so proud and in total calm, sure of the importance of the performance and work done, and the lots of good friends and followers made along all this time.
A huge hug Evelynn, take care.

Hello Evelynn,
Like this poor bear,you must be depressed by the tough Oregon's winter. and I really hope that you will reconsider your decision.Thanks for sharing so many beautiful photos
Keep well
Kind regards

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-19 9:22]

Hello Evelynn,

Your photos have been a fine example for me and your valuable comments of great help. It would be a pitty to leave the site!

Thank you for all you have done for this site and I hope you will change your mind or come back after a while.

Kind regards,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-19 10:28]
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Hi Evelynn,
well, i'm not sure what to say. I hope this is only a temporary blip in your presence here and you return someday. I for one really, really value your presence here. Your landscapes give me inspiration and teach me alot. I love seeing the world through your lens and the places you explore and then share. Devoted landscapers are few and far between here on TN, rarer than some of the species people show us! I respect and understand your feelings, i share them too sometimes but i hope the friendships you may have made here draw you back one day.
All the very best...

  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-19 11:23]
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Hi Evelynn

I'm really sorry to hear this...and i wasn't expecting it at all :(
I can only hope, like all others who've commented on this photo, that you'll change your mind after a nice, well deserved break, and come back. That, or you'll shoot something that spectacular that you won't be able to keep it there and you'll have to share it with us :)

Your choice of picture here is very eloquent and needs to other words.
I wish you only well, in everything you do and decide and i hope that you'll still practice your photography even if your won't post it anymore.

Cheers and take care

(a smiley is pointless here...i have nothing to be happy about...a sad one would have been much more appropriate)

  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-23 0:12]
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Hi Evelynn!

Let's say good bye, let's say hello! Sometimes both are so close...

I would like to thank you for this deep message of goodbye and wish you all the best for the future. I especially hope that you won't lose the pleasure to go out in nature and to live wonderful moments there.

I will miss you, your pictures and your critiques. I therefore will keep you in my heart and my mind.

Kind regards


Hi Evelynn,
well I hope that you upload more photos in the future but at the same time I know it isn't always easy to do so and if this must be the last one we get to see,well it is a fine one to leave with.The clarity and colours of this photo are wonderful,I like the fact that the shadows on the snow are in tones of gray and not blue as is seen so often with snowy scenes.The bear with it's back to us makes such a statement but mayhap one day you will turn it around to face us and give a peek at some more,me fingers are crossed!I hope that you get some great mileage out of that 5D and use all the wonderful features it has as well.The movie making function from what I have seen is just unbelievably good,blue ray quality all the way.So long for now,I hope you do get to Alberta and take in this lovely land and get a blister on your camera's trigger finger,have fun and take care and know that TN is always here. Bob in the frozen north.

A nice syonara shot, Evelynn. I'll miss you. But you have been going full out for a couple years now, and like you told me when we first met (virtually) there aren't many landscape photographers here. So I hope we'll see you back on a irregular basis, if only to share those "wow" shots to other folks who will appreciate them.

Hi Evelynn,

it's very sudden for me and also sad to hear this, I think you're one of the few people here on TN who has a character in photography that on one hand can always be recognized from the overall gallery while on the other can always show something new and fresh, while it's one of the hardest things to put these two together.
Still I understand you as for me only 2 years and much less (and worse :) posts were enough to step back from the site. I used this term intended as I did not irreversibly turn my back on it, but I only visit when I miss it, might it be 2 days, 2 weeks or 2 months since I last came. I do hope you'll be able to do the same...
I know it's strange to give a tip from me to you but if it helps then let it be :)
TFS the image and your thoughs along.

Best regards,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-01-27 15:06]
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Dear friend Evelynn.
I fell so sad when i read your note. Please dont leave Us. Just take a little beack and rest for a while and come back soon as I did.

Hi Evelynn,

I put your name in my favourite photographer a few weeks ago.Sad to know this is your final post.Hope this is not a final decision.Happy shoting, when ready, share with us.


Dear Evelynn,
Will miss your posts & you indirectly, however the covered milestones & the standards set in by you will be remembered by all of us from time to time. Looking forward to your return with many more stunning shots :)

Ciao Evelynn, we miss you:(
Good luck
Ciao Silvio:)

Hello Evelynn,

Wolf said it all with good words. I will miss your positive criticism. You gave just that little bit more explanation than others. And sometimes that's was more than enough.

I hope you don't let your head down just like the bear I hope? The spring and summer is almost arriving and the sun is shining after the clouds.
This photo gives the mental state of the bear well. (I don't hope yours) (-:

Vera Lynn has a song in WOII : "Till we meet again someday"

Thanks for sharing the many wonderful images. Take care. BOB

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