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Late Victim of Juan; seen at sunrise...

Late Victim of Juan; seen at sunrise...
Photo Information
Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-10
Categories: Trees, Bushveld, Seascape, Ocean, Sky
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000, Super -EBC Fujinon Lens Optical Zoom
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-10 13:42
Viewed: 3669
Points: 15
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In 2003, on Sept 29th hurricane Juan made landfall here and battered Nova Scotia.
Apart from other damage, approximately a HUNDRED MILLION trees were flattened or uprooted.
Even several years after Juan's destruction, trees are still being lost. An example is shown in this photo...

The tree that is shown, was weakened by Juan, and eventually succumbed in a windstorm. It is a spruce that had many many burls on its branches. Some of these burls ( the British call them "burrs" ) are silhouttes against the rising sun. The lower branches are now sticking almost straight in the air. The rootclump is now exposed.
The tree had already died before it went down, as there was significant erosion along the shoreline, due to a tidal surge that accompanied Juan, aka "the Big One"...

Other trees are still standing, although they too have died. The tree seen here, wiped out another large healthy tree that was "downwind" when this "burly" one went down.

Wood from these downed trees now warms many a Nova Scotian when it burns as a hot fire with beautiful flames...

I have chosen a somewhat sombre shot to commermorate Juan and to show this part of the "natural process"...:
the sun rises and imparts its heat and energy to living growing trees, where the energy is stored as wood... ;
eventually the wood-energy is turned back, sometimes as heat in a cold Nova Scotia winter...

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To oscarromulus: "slight odour"Shoot_Score 1 02-18 21:36
To Silke: damage was done that far up the coast...Shoot_Score 2 02-12 16:57
To Adanac: Is that dot a gull in the water ...Shoot_Score 1 02-12 00:38
To bobair: the early time of day tends to put the darkest pShoot_Score 1 02-10 20:18
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Hi Jay,
I like this one,the early time of day tends to put the darkest part of a picture up front,just waiting for sun to get to it.Your note is a revelation,I didn't know that so very many trees died as a result of Juan.Those burls are something that add interest to this picture,if they are a good size and are not split or cracked they can be valuable as well as the most interesting of veneer woods.Great note,I learned something today,thank you. Bob

Hi Jay,
Well old chap I like this capture and note combination, well done. Is that dot a gull in the water for me or is it just my imagination.

Hi Jay,
Interesting photo with some pretty colors in the sky. The exposure of the sky, water and snow is good, but I find the FG too dark. I am sure that there is much more details hidden in the darkness. I also find the trees blocking too much of the view. A small pan to the right would be better. The photo also feels a little tilted to the left.



Hi Jay
I really love the composition of this landscape and the contrast between the trees in silhouette and the sunlight on the frozen rocks...light is perfect in this photograph taken at sunrise and I must also credit your interesting notes
best regards

Hello Jay,
A beautiful morning scenario!
The backlight creates a special mood, contrasting vegetation well...
Lovely reflection of light from the lake, making the surface look like silky soft!
Pablo -


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-11 9:07]
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I'd have done a workshop for you, but you've disabled that feature.
Ah well!
This is a fascinating image (just a little too dark to see the details of the shadowed tree). Amazing for those of us "from away" to see what kind of damage was done that far up the coast.
What impresses me here is the contrast between the damage and the placid waters that now mirror the calm sky!
Great capture

Good "photographer notes"; I appreciated the information on Hurricane Juan's damage to your province...
I also enjoyed this photo which has a bit of a different "perspective" in relation to the water and the island which tends to hide your
horizon. I see the high spot on the island which gives the illusion of the photo being somewhat tilted, but doubt that is the case.

Nice shadows, and the very dark outline of the downed tree, which stands out in sharp
contrast to the water, gives your photo an
eerie feeling.

You have done another "Phine Photo"

Love the capture of the "slight odour" of the "reddish or
pinkish" tint of the sun in the sky and its reflection on
the water.
The rocks in the center look magnificient.
Love your notes. OUTSTANDING.!!!
Great work.
Best regards, Mario.

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