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Secret Garden

Secret Garden
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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: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007
Categories: Flowers
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-12 6:04
Viewed: 2615
Points: 22
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Thanks to the nostalgic feelings for the old wilderness property, we had the opportunity to go there with one of our children who drove. Our original venture was truly amazing looking back at it now. How in the world did we have the intestinal fortitude to do this unusual lifestyle in the middle of nowhere, dead of winter at cold temperatures, in heavy snow, with no electricity, nor water, nor phone....and four years of this cramped in a small cabin with 6 of our 7 kids....? It seems beyond belief.

It was just before we left our old place in 1992 that we discovered the original homestead of the turn from 1899-1900, where this picture was taken. We knew of it back in the day...but had forgotten over time. Now there is nothing left of the old log cabin and if it were not for these unusual flowers, one would forget the place existed...but we knew of the flowers. We knew that we had never seen them anywhere else in the mountains of almost 49 degrees north. So on this day of revisiting, I took a picture with my now fairly new lens....I took a few...maybe I took a couple hundred. I don't remember....but of this flower and over the long time the place had been abandoned in the middle of nowhere at 3500 feet elevation...the flowers still grow every year.

I have asked "around" of friends as to what these might be and been informed that they are the national flower of Mexico, a Dahlia. Or rather they are many Dahlias; there are a number of them. And we were told that they probably wouldn't grow in the place where they are indeed growing. Here they are.......and this year we took some home....because I have no idea of how long they will grow in this old place, now neighboring an abandoned small hunters trailer. It looks as though random hunters have used it in past hunting seasons. There are beer cans bleached by the sun with small bullet holes in them, laying here and there...and signs of a campfire someone must have used to stay warm.....I am sure they went home with their game...and never knew what bloomed there in summer...for nobody goes there...with exception of my wife and I and our child now grown.

If Dahlia is an annual, then how come these are there every year with nobody around? It isn't a hardy annual....although these are in a location that if they drop seeds, they will be protected by deciduous dropping Tamarac needles about a half inch thick. It is the only answer I can come up with..

For fear of people invading the privacy of the wilderness shared by only an handful...I will only disclose this. The picture was taken at approx 3250 feet in elevation, in Ferry County Washington, in the mountains. The only access road is 5 miles and up on a very rough road of slag and dirt...perhaps some clay. And there are no other signs of tire tracks, with perhaps some old dried up ruts made by hunters during fall...it is my "secret garden" I will tell no more....

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nice colors and textures. good DOF background could use some smoothing maybe

The Monks of New Ferry replant them every year. :)

Lovely colors! And I absolutely love the way the flower is looking joyfully up at the sun!

Hello Bob,
Never did I read a story like this... about a flower! But then it is about more than a flower...
Delicate it is, the flower, captured with great clarity in colours! Excellent texture in the petals, in short... very attractive!
Pablo -

hi bob,
nice capture of this beautiful flower, the colours and the textures on the petals look beautiful, nice contrast,
tfs & regards

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-07-12 10:54]

hi Bob,
This is a very beautiful Dahlia flower! The DOF, POV and sharpness are excellent.

Hello Bob
Fantastic shot of this wonderful flower,
Great details,composition and BG,
Perfect lighting and DOF,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

Hello Bob,
your tale is always a new adventure, and you are right protecting this secret garden. Your flower is sharp and really beautiful, I would like to see better which is in the background, he seems to have different colors.

Hi Bob,
Beautiful capture very sharp and well
composed, great details and notes, TFS.
Best regards/Lawhill

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-13 0:26]

Hi Bob,
Outstanding shot of this beatiful flower. Superb colours and immaculate sharpness. I like the colour contrast as the magenta glows against the light blue BG. The OOF flower adds much depth and presents a nice effect. Very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.

Dahlias are my favorite flowers, Bob.
Good that they are growing wild and on their own, otherwise you would be blamed for posting pictures of cultivated flowers :-).
Sorry, I'm just kidding!
The color of this flower is immensely attractive and you have done a great job of it by way of composition.
Thanks and take care.

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-02 19:45]

Very nice flower and beautiful flower in background!


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