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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01
Categories: Trees
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-01 5:08
Viewed: 4625
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Happy New Year to all.

January is the first month of the year and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.

January begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Capricorn and ends in the sign of Aquarius. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Sagittarius and ends in the constellation of Capricornus.

January is named for Janus (Ianuarius), the god of the doorway and beginnings in Roman mythology, where the Latin word for door (iuana) comes from - January is the door to the year.

Traditionally, the original Roman calendar consisted of 10 months, totalling 304 days, winter being considered a monthless period. Around 713 BC, the semi-mythical successor of Romulus, King Numa Pompilius, is supposed to have added the months of January and February, allowing the calendar to equal a standard lunar year (355 days). The first day of the month is known as New Year's Day. Although March was originally the first month in the old Roman Calendar, January assumed that position beginning in 153 BC when the two consuls, for whom the years were named, began to be chosen on January 1. The reason for this shift of the new year into the dead of winter was to allow the new consuls to complete the elections and ceremonies upon becoming consuls, and still reach their respective consular armies by the start of the campaigning season.

Various Christian feast dates were used for the New Year in Europe in the Middle Ages, including March 25 and December 25. However, mediaeval calendars were displayed in the Roman fashion of twelve columns from January to December. Beginning in the 16th century, European countries began officially making January 1 the start of the New Year once again — sometimes called Circumcision Style because this was the date of the Feast of the Circumcision, being the 8th day from December 25.

Historical names for January include its original Roman designation, Ianuarius, the Saxon term Wulf-monath (meaning wolf month) and Charlemagne's designation Wintarmanoth (winter / cold month). In Finnish, the month is called tammikuu, meaning month of the oak. This month is in Czech called leden, meaning ice month.

January, from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de BerryThe first Monday in January is known as Handsel Monday in Scotland and northern England. In England, the agricultural year began with Plough Sunday on the Sunday after Epiphany.

The Coming of Age day in Japan is the second Monday of January, for those becoming 20 years old in the new calendar year. It is a national holiday. The day has been celebrated since 1948, but fell on January 15 until 1999, when it was moved by the Japanese government in an attempt to lift the economy by making more holidays consecutive.

In the pagan wheel of the year, January ends at or near to Imbolc in the northern hemisphere and Lughnasadh in the southern hemisphere.

Info from www.wikipedia.com

Silvio2006, Janice, red45, mikou, Evelynn, jcoowanitwong, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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Hi Heinz wonderful composition with this fascinating forest, very well done, again a splendid 2007 for you, ciao Silvio

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-01-01 5:22]

Happy January Heinz!! What interesting notes you have for us - I learnt a lot - thank you.
But I love your forest of trees - they are so close together, and are growing up so straight too. Well seen and captured, thank you MF.

Guten Morgen lieber Heinz,
bist Du gut "gerutscht"?
Bin vorher erst aus dem Bett gekrochen und mach' jetzt eine "Pause" bei TN. Bin fix und foxi! Dein Bild bringt mich dann noch komplett in Trance! Irre! Sieht aus wie so ein 3D-Bild in dem du, wenn du länger hinschaust andere Figuren erkennen kannst, kennst Du diese Bilder? Tolles Motiv, der Ausschnitt ist klasse, vielen Dank und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-01 5:38]

Guten Morgen Heinz!

Splendit composition! These trees looks like painting from avant-garde painter, very symetrical and geometrical. Great POV and subject. January 2006 was terrible - full of snow and frost, I hope this one won't be so bad :-) Great post my friend!

Happy New Year!

Hello Heinz.
As I can see, new year brings some changes to your usual style, this is a very curious photo, showing the "texture" of the forest :)
So simple and so complex at the same time. Beautiful post.
Happy new year to you too and your family too, MF.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-01 7:10]

Hi Heinz.
Very curiosity shot.I like your composition vertical lines.Great contrast.Very interesting note.This year it at our place in wood look different = no snow,+8 degree Celsius.TFS
Best wishes and very much successful in year 2007.
Best regards Milos

hi hienz,
nice shot,
well composed,
nice pov, natural colours,
tfs & regards

Hello Heinz,

Excllent work, great colors Bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo it cold out their I just need to say in.

Great Job

TFS Kyle

very artistic, TFS Ori

That is quite a collection of tall, straight, tightly packed trees, Heinz. It makes a nice photographic pattern.

Thank you for all your critiques this past year. I wish you all the best in 2007...with lots of great photo opportunities.

Evelynn : )

Hi Heinz,
Looks like a pine forest but the background just quite right. Anyway a beautiful picture. Well composed and crisp clear. Very enjoyable picture. Happy New Year.

bonjour heinz

superbe photo très belle composition belle lumiére bravo


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-02 13:05]

Hi Heinz,
You offer us an original shot ! The complementary note is original and interesting.
Well seen and well done.

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-01-02 14:42]

this is the sort of shot most people would walk past..i like this type of graphic and message photography..
the starkness conveys the right impressions

Hallo Heinz,
für den grafisch so schönen Neujahrsgruß besonderen Dank!
Sehr stimmungsvolles und dabei fast abstrakt anmutendes Foto und ein schöner, nachdenklich machender Begleittext. Danke für die vielen geschichtlichen Details zum Monat Januar und die wohltuende Einladung, sich den natürlichen Rhythmen des Jahres hinzugeben.
Auch Dir lieber Freund alles Gute für Neue Jahr!
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

Hallo Heinz,
das ist ein schönes Bild, wollte Ich auch gerne machen, aber in Holland gibt es fast kein Schnee.

Gruß Rob

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