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Turnbull Wildlife Refuge

Turnbull Wildlife Refuge
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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: 2008-03-17
Categories: Trees
Camera: Leica D-LUX 2
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-19 5:54
Viewed: 3419
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a view from outside the fence of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Turnbull is home to thousands of varieties of wildlife and is frequently a location I go to take image.s This picture shows approximately where I took a duck picture for Trek Nature posting yesterday. Much of this standing water is due to snow melt off during the late winter and early spring......To trespass on Turnbull on foot is not allowed. Only authorized US government Wildlife experts are allowed. A good long lens will however get a number of good images from the edges of the Refuge

From the government website:
Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is located in an area of northeastern Washington on the eastern edge of the Columbia River Basin, known as the Channeled Scablands. This rugged terrain supports an unusual pattern of wetlands, rock, ponderosa pine and aspen forests, grassland, and shrub-steppe habitat. Located within the Pacific Flyway, the refuge includes deep permanent sloughs, semi-permanent potholes, and seasonal wetlands. This mosaic provides important habitat for migrating and breeding waterfowl and other water birds.

The upland habitat, primarily ponderosa pine/grassland mixed with exposed basalt cliffs and areas of meadow and shrub-steppe, supports a large variety of wildlife. More than 200 different kinds of birds have been recorded in this area.

Mammals include elk, mule and white-tailed deer, coyote, badger, porcupine, muskrat, beaver, and 10 species of bats. The refuge provides habitat for two species Federally--listed as endangered or threatened--water howellia and bald eagle.

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Hi Bob.
Very nice exercise with the colour, structure and focus. Very pure and sharp shot. Greta atmosphere. Well done. tfs. Stev

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-19 6:08]

This makes the heart of an old naturalist beat a little faster!
This is a superb habitat shot in a great composition with the pines on the slope in the FG and a fine view of the wetlands beyond. Must be fantastic when the spring and summer arrive.
Thanks for sharing this fine and inspiring image, Bob.
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-19 6:18]

Hi Bob,
a great POV to show the different types of habitat in this place. I am glad to hear that only people with special permits are allowed access here, although i wonder how many actually pay attention to this rule. We could do with doing the same to some of the decreasing 'wild' places left over here...human activity in this country is reaching an unsustainable level.

Hi Bob,
a very fine landscape picture showing us different type of habitat. lovely colours and lighting, the spring can't be far away.
Well composed with fine details.
Great work.

Namastay Bob,
A very nice capture of this beautiful forestscape. Excellent DOF maintained throughout the frame. Very nice colors and very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-19 7:04]

Hello Bob,
This is a beautiful landscape you show us today. I have read your notes about Turnbull and I have a question, if there is no public access, and here comes the video opportunity, what is the government hiding in there? Becareful I don't want you to go missing,lol. Sorry I had to be silly this morning. Great job on this wonderful scene Bob.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-03-19 7:04]

I like your picture Bob,
nice combination of trees, sky and water makes it beautiful.

Very nice pines with some standing water in between Bob, the trees in the foreground gave much depth to the landscape, producing a pleasant effect. TFS and cheers my friend...

Hello Bob,

This is a very nice view of the park, very sharp details


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-19 8:15]

Hi Bob,

What a wonderful view looking through the trees. I love the pov. This is a gorgeous scene with wonderful earthtones and the blue water. How fantastic it would be to see this from a low flying plane.


A very beautiful shot..very scenic and serene.You've captured a lovely mood here.
Thank you!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-19 10:43]

Hi Bob,very nice corner,there are all the elements of the nature,snow sun water trees..great composition,thanks for share,Luciano

Hello Bob,
Only for experts...:-)
Pity you can't go there.
Well done

hello Bob

you choosed a superb POV of this excellent Landscape
and Trees shot, lovely luminosity on your image, excellent DOF,
i love the blue colour of the water, excellent density
of the colours, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Great POV and a wonderful looking place.Lovely capture looking through the trees in foreground makes a really effective "frame" for the rest of the image. top class!!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-19 14:05]

Hi Bob

A great shot This is something we rarely - if ever see in Europe - an undisturbed habitat - good composition and POV with good exosure and detail. Well observed and captured.


Hi Bob,

You are so lucky having this on your doorstep - I've probably said that before! A great shot; framing the smaller tree in the distance with the larger trees in the foreground. This helps create a strong link between the fore, middle and background. This was a very well seen shot. The light is also beautiful.


Hi Bob, fascinating view of this fantastic place, good colors and splendid light, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-19 20:36]

Hola Sr. Bob.
Interesante y bella foto. Exelente el encuadre y el lugar desde donde fue tomada esta foto. Los colores naturales y finos detalles a la vista. Debe ser un lugar muy bello.
Saludos Y un Abrazo Bob.

Hello Bob,

You captured this wonderful area very well. Excellent composition with these trunks which offered a superb vertical framing. Great DOF. Excellent sharpness. Very good ligth and colours.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-20 2:56]

Oh wow what a superb scenario. Great shot and lovely landscape. Excellent Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-20 3:36]

Beautiful photo Bob!
There is really nice light here.
Excellent composition.
Very nice.
Well done!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-20 8:59]
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Hello Bob,
This looks like a lovely place for wildlife!
Excellent view through the pines to the wetlands, great sharpness and beautiful colours too. You say that 'to trespass on foot is not allowed', how else can you go there? We're spoilt in Sweden has we have right of access everywhere except in the breeding season for certain areas.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-20 10:42]

Hi Bob,
Excellent postrait of this majestic place. Seems to be a calm and quiet location for getting wildlife pictures. Lovely colours and details and I like your chosen POV and the precise DOF. The ambience and the natural habitat it well portrayed here. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-20 19:15]

Beautiful, Bob! So well composed with great technique, you got the eye for sure, thanks!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-20 19:59]

Hello Bob

A super view framed by the beautiful conifers.
I am actually glad to hear that such refuges exist.
It is good to know that the wildlife has a place to find sanctuary.
Excellent sharpness and focus.
Wonderful lighting and colour.


Picture Perfect!
Wonderful light and color. Great composition. I like that feeling like I'm there peeking through the trees.

Hi Bob,

The point of view between the trees is an asset to the composition. It takes our eyes towards the horizon. The light brings out the colors. A place to admire and enjoy nature. Have a nice day.


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