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Autumn Cascade

Autumn Cascade
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-05
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 24-70mm f2.8, @ ISO 200
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Autumn At Trek Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-24 16:21
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was attracted to this spray of autumn vine maple leaves that seems to "flow" across the frame. I think the colors are "yummy"!

Acer circinatum (Vine Maple) is a species of maple native to western North America, from southwest British Columbia to northern California, always within 300 km of the Pacific Ocean coast. I am fairly certain that this is a vine maple although this is pretty far inland. It was used by the native peoples of western Canada and the USA.

"The Quinault tribe’s word for maple is maxo’ atcalnix, meaning the basket tree. Both the Quinault and Makah took advantage of the long flexible shoots from the trees to make baskets for hauling wood, clams and fish. In addition, the Quinault used the wood for fires and mixed the charcoal with oil to make a black paint. Chehalis, Lummi, Quileute and Quinault utilized the vine maple to make fish traps. The tree was employed to hold down roof planks on houses. From saplings, the Skagit tribe made swings for baby cradles and salmon tongs. Modesse and Shuswap tribes weaved snowshoes out of the shoots.

"Clallams dried the sap to eat and possibly ate it fresh. My favorite of all the uses were by the Karok in California, where the women made a love potion out of the branches. Where is the recipe?" : )


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Hi Evelynn,
The title fits the picture perfectly. Yes, it looks like a cascade :) You got an eye for composition! This is original and very well done. Thanks,

Hello Evelynn

A lovely composition ,the maple leaves really do seem to cascade through the frame.
The shot is brimming with autumn.
Very good light and colour.
You have struck a very good balance between conifer and maple.
It is impressive to see just how many hues one tree can produce.


Well, Evelynn, take me back or forward, as the case may be, to the sap running from the maples and fresh, warm, pure syrup on the flapjacks, and I'll grant you "yummy." :)

But even without being so literal, the cascade of color is quite beautiful. I like the range of tonality, and the juxtaposition against the evergreens.

A most interesting note, to boot!


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-24 19:31]

Hi Evelyn

A great shot - The division of the frame is excellent _ I especially like the sweep of red/orange through the shot.


Hi Evelynn
You have been coming across some really nice autumn colors.
Nicely framed

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-10-24 21:48]

Hi Evelynn,
A real treat to the eyes.....the rich green giving way to the glorious melange of autumn colours....original concept at it s best....a very intelligent and creative composition.
Thanks so much for sharing

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-10-25 0:33]

hi Evelynn,
really loving your Autumn posts.. such striking color and contrast.. this is great with the clear division of soft warm colored leaves and spiky dark ones. well done!

Hi Evelynn
Great colours on this pretty maple. I was in horticulture for many years so I'm familiar with many N American Acer species grown in the UK as ornamentals, but this one is new to me. Excellent composition and good use of the conifer (Abies of some kind?) as natural contrast.
Kind Regards

Hi Evelynn,
Warmly coloured leaves of that maple look so enticing besides the evergreen conifer, both captured with fine exposure and sharp focus. The diagonal light band so nice in this fine square composition. TFS this beautiful image.

Hello Evelynn
An other great composition with stunning colours
Well done and TFS

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-10-25 8:39]

merhaba Evelynn
successful presentation of autumn effect on leaves
i like composition, POV, colours and sharpness

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-25 8:41]

Hello Evelynn,
Wonderful colour combination. The waterfall of red and yellow colours is splendid contrasting against the green needles. Excellent composition.

Thanks for sharing the yummy colors.
Maybe it's an oil painting from the Quinault tribe.
Well done!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-10-25 18:12]

Absolutely gorgeous image Evelynn,
The contrasting diagonal composition of colors is very eye pleasing. Funny how some of the leaves are so bright red while others have barely a hint of color to them.
Your notes are very interesting, I love reading about all the many uses the early tribes had for the plants and trees that we see every day yet take for granted. TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-26 2:34]

Hello Evelynn,
What a wonderful range of autumn colours in lovely contrast to the dark spruce. Beautiful light and great sharpness. I like the beautiful diagonal composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Evelynn,
I like the curved diagonal line in this photo. it gives the composition a good dynamic feel. The wonderful subtlety of the different color fo the vine maple leaves are great and also gives a good view on how these leaves change in color. The almost square format makes the composition probably even stronger.

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-10-30 13:53]

Very nice composition. Just the sort of thing I miss. True artistry. Gary

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-11-10 17:19]

Hello Evelynn,
What a visual treat of colors in this wonderful fall composition. You definately have an artistic eye my friend and it shows here. Thank you for sharing.

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