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Biodiverse Wonderland

Biodiverse Wonderland
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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: 2009-09-10
Categories: Savannah
Camera: LeicaDLUX4
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-10 14:12
Viewed: 3072
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Although not a total savannah, it is the closet I could get in more than photographic catagory. It was VERY painful to get here. Without my mobility device I do much more walking than I am supposed to...so treks to most uneven ground really hurt. Sometimes I wonder how I can possibly come back with anything worth posting. All I remember is point and click...

This is where the prairies or grasslands meet a small area of heavily covered trees. Also contain herein is a year around wetland. All of this is at the north end of one of the US most highly protected areas. I RARELY see anyone else out here. It is about 200 yards from the car and the walk is downhill and then along grasses (many rare) and outcroppings which are ground level and cannot be seen in the image...but believe me...Birkenstocks are not the kind of things to wear...and I had a coat..it had been cold but suddenly went up 15 degrees..and I then had a low blood sugar attack...geeze..what a guy won't do to get himself published. Maybe it's about time I consider serious retirement:-)

The wetland is covered heavily with some kind of algae. It goes from dried brown grasses in the left to serious green on the right....I took about a half dozen pictures under different white balances...and this is what one sees as close as I can get it...My poor Leicas lens handles teh sharpness well, but the sensor must be having arguments with the built in firmware!

At night time there are many 4 footed mammals, mostly deer, coyote, elk, bobcat, skunk, raccoon and that lot.And in the day there are many ducks...for the most part mallards, but others as well...and many Canadian geese but in the summer we see fewer geese than in migratory months. I could see hovering around me...some absolutely huge dragonfly's...as big as I have ever seen...They were very much blue in color and not in the mood to land...Thank god! I had no every left to trek after them....but there ya go..and tomorrow I shall feel it once more I'm sure..

ISO 200
16:9 format slightly cropped
Hand Held by the Grace of God

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Love the colours too.
Of course, your note.... BRAVO!!!
Mario from COLD Calgary with friendly greetings.

hello Bob

your title of Biodiverse Wonderland it is very appropriate,
in the same image we have 4 in 1, the field, the wetland,
the forest and the beautiful blue sky, with very fine POV, DOF
and wide angle framing, beautiful colour tones and luminosity,



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-09-10 18:33]

Hello Bob,
This looks to be a very diverse area indeed. I like the contrasting features not only in texture, but in colors as well. The coarse dried brownish prairie grasses meeting the soft lush green grass which borders the pond.
The tree line of pines in the BG. reminds me of the upper regions of Michigan. Nicely shown!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-09-11 2:08]

Hello Bob,
Nice to read that you still go for walks. It is most rewarding, even if sometimes the body doesn't want. Interesting shot you took out there, impressive the different color-layers from left to right. Amazing too the color of the water (pond?). An area I would like to walk through too.
Hope you are fine.
Kind regards

Hi Bob,

The composition is well divided , the sky, the forest, the river and the field. The point of view is taking our eyes towrad the trees which is giving depth to the composition. The nice blue sky is sending a light which is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-14 23:13]

The potential for the biodiversity is well shown here Bob, even though the species cannot be seen. It's the sort of place I like to visit.
I'm glad that you could take this fine shot of it despite the pain.
I hope you can take more with less suffering Bob!

Ciao Bob, wonderful landscape with splendid natural colors, beautiful composition, a red one for this, my friend:), very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-09-17 11:57]

Hi Bob,
thanks for your comments on my last post, always nice to get a critique from someone with such an experinced eye as yourself.
I very much like the way you composed this one, showing the great diversity of the landscape here. It does ineed look like an environment that would support a wide variety of species. Well worth the pain and trouble my friend.

Hello Bob,
I am back from Goa & find this as one of the finest biodiversity examples icluding a jet trail in the extreme left upper quadrant of the landscape. TFS

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