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"the River": Columbia River source...


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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: 2005-08-15
Categories: Mountain, River
Camera: Toshiba PDR-M700
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !"the River", !"Smoke gets in your eyes" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-18 16:48
Viewed: 5127
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"the River" aka "Hazy mountains east and south of Columbia Lake"

Lately each summer sees a lot of forest fires in the splendid forests of
beautiful British Columbia. As a consequence there are many times
when there is a haze over the land.


Imagine my surprise when I found this shot


Columbia River:

"The Great River of the West" was on the maps that Lewis and Clark brought with them but the cartographic lore of its upper reach influenced William Clark when he identified the supposed upper fork as "Tarcouche Tesse." British explorer Alexander Mackenzie had called the northern reach of the river "Tacoutche Tesse" in his 1793 journals and map. When the explorers realized they had reached the Columbia River on October 16, 1805, they also discerned that they would not discover the source of the drainage, important as that was for establishing the future sovereignty of the region. After Lewis & Clark determined that there was no short portage route between the Missouri and Columbia rivers, the myth of a Northwest Passage evaporated. The priority for the expedition now was to achieve the primary goal of its mission by reaching the mouth of the Columbia River.

American rights of discovery to the Columbia were based on Robert Gray's crossing of the bar in 1792 at the river's discharge into the Pacific. He explored the waterway's western bay and named it "Columbia's River" after his ship, Columbia Rediviva. Gray's territorial claim to the watershed was later disputed by England after George Vancouver's exploration, but the American's name for the river was retained, though modified to "Columbia River."

The captains tried to record an Indian name for the Columbia River but were confused by varying translations and the profusion of names that were spoken in different Indian dialects by tribes living along the watercourse. Most names given today as Native American names for the river can be translated as "the River."

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To mlines: the beauty of Canada.Shoot_Score 1 02-25 04:11
To arfer: Any arctic ocean shots up your sleeve?Shoot_Score 1 02-20 18:30
To SunToucher: PSShoot_Score 2 02-20 11:51
To Silke: ...fabulous capture.Shoot_Score 4 02-19 17:14
To dew77: Beautiful landscape...Shoot_Score 1 02-19 15:10
To Alex99: What an amazing view...Shoot_Score 1 02-19 15:08
To marhowie: Beautiful landscapeShoot_Score 1 02-19 14:59
To SunToucher: Beautiful soft Colors...Shoot_Score 1 02-19 14:49
To bobair: sloppy or soft-it is not.Shoot_Score 1 02-18 22:12
To pankajbajpai: the sky looks a bit fadedShoot_Score 1 02-18 21:30
To Adanac: Beautiful landscape...Shoot_Score 1 02-18 20:22
To lovenature: the haze and the depth it shows.Shoot_Score 1 02-18 18:54
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Hi Jay
Nice capture...I can feel the warmth, I like the haze and the depth it shows. Your sure right about the forest fires, last year and in 2005 we drove right by 2 forest fires in the area. Last summer (2006) they were doing a prescribed burn and in 2005 they was a huge fire in the Kootenay River Valley. Something funny is that I was at Panorama Aug 12-14 2005....just missed ya.
TFS Janice

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-18 20:00]
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Hi Jay,
Beautiful landscape you present us with today, calm waters, lots of depth, just great.
Rick

hi jay,
nice landscape shot,
it has all the ingrdients, the trees, the river, the mountains, the sky, however the sky looks a bit faded here but still doesnt affect the charm of the shot,
tfs & regards
pankaj

Hi Jay,
the layered effect here works really well,and I like it! The muted look of the background works so very well,I have seen similar vistas my self. Everyday you look at the mountains is different here in Alberta.People around the world might wonder if this picture is is sloppy or soft-it is not.Well done Jay,please keep 'em coming. Bob

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-19 4:13]
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Hello Jay,
Beautiful landscape.Large DOF,POV,colors,framing,details and visual impact are excellent.Have a great week!
TFS..:-)

Hi Jay (Jasha).
Thank you for Macro lessons Theme.

What an amazing view and perfect selection of the POV. The rich colored and well contrasted trees as foreground are simply wonderful as well as the tightened by a haze the river and mountains. Bravo, my friend Really poetic art work executed with great taste and skillfulness.
Alexei.

Hi Jay,
Beautiful landscape and well composed, great POV or vantage point..
The haze explained in your notes is just the way it is. You might've been able to reduce the effect PP, but it would still be there, regardless..
At least it's not Prince, and "Purple Haze" ;)
Well done mf.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-19 9:17]
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This is a totally fabulous capture. I love the composition (thanks to your PoV, obviously) but the refelction really adds to the whole.
The multi-layered effect created by the mist is really "awesome!"
TFS
silke

Hi Jay,
A really wonderful view with fine details and beautiful soft colors. The hazy mountains are really beautiful even if it was caused by fires.
TFS,
Niek

Hi Jay,
Truly some beautiful landscape scenery, even with the haze. Great sense of depth out into the haze. I bet that is amazing on a clear day.
Scott

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-20 9:30]

Hello Jay,
wonderful shot, the mist and the muted colors in the BG set a wonderful mood. Great POV giving a wonderful overlook of the rivervalley.
Very well composed landscape.
Sky

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-20 16:35]
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Hello Jay
Say you are truly coast to coast.Any arctic ocean shots up your sleeve? A beautiful vista of a natural beauty.I love the layers of hills and mountains in the BG.A great perspective.TFS

Rob

Hi Jay. Another fine photo showing the beauty of Canada. Good POV to see the length of this lake becoming the river. Good detailed note. TFS. Murray.

I think I've been to this "river" just east and south of Columbia Lake!!
You've done a wonderful job of photoing this one; capturing the mood as well as the haze
that intensifies the blue/gray values and gives the photo such depth!!

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