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Wilderness Landscape and Heron

Wilderness Landscape and Heron
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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: 2005-01-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Where They Really Live [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-22 6:52
Viewed: 2743
Points: 50
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It is the pinnacle or the epitome of "Where they really live". Although it is a rare sight, the location was one I passed every day when taking kids from the remote mountaintop to the still remote bus stop where they sat in the car to stay warm until the bus came by. It is so remote and so unusual with winter weather that it would take over 9 inches of snow falling at one time before the buses would even be late and 12 inches before schools would close. If the winter went by and no snow days were used, then they would be added on to spring vacation.

Pictured is the remote wilderness confluence area of 4 creeks. Together here the beavers created two rather large dams. You can see the water rippling. It isn't from anything visible, but from an otter swimming beneath the water and under the Blue Heron, searching along with it in it's own way for Rainbow Trout which also come to this location. And because it is on Native American Allotment land, only a handful of people can pass through here on foot. I was privileged to be one.And here from the small gravel road nearby I stood and watched as so many creatures gathered at once. Behind me in a tall dead tree was a Bald Eagle perched not far but about 75 feet high. To my left was a pheasant walking through the snowy brush. The beavers were safely in their den....My purpose here was multi fold. The area changes in ebbs and lows every second. At one moment there will be many things. At other times it will have an unbearable silence. The area is usually very dark, for sun hits it only about 1 hour per day due to it's location next to a mountain and its covering of high fir and pine trees.

I just happened to be here photographing the beauty of winter when the heron decided to land on the log crossing the streams and pond. Although he was not my original subject, I included him thinking perhaps he made a perfect finishing touch to the landscape. Here it was 3pm and already getting dark...temperatures were at approximately -15 Celsius. The camera was my Fijifilm Pro with Nikkor 85mm lens. This is the landscape of the wilderness "Where they really live"

Jamesp, NinaM, jaycee, haraprasan, fartash, CeltickRanger, earthtraveler, nglen, wahclella, Patleboss, pierrefonds, angybone, uleko, Silvio2006 has marked this note useful
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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-22 7:09]

Hi Bob

A poetic note and photograph. Knowing the origin of the ripple adds a lot. The picture itself gives a real feeling of winter.

Best wishes


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-22 7:20]

Hello Bob, wonderful notes once again, with the description of where they live. It is filled with abundant life! The picture is so beautiful and with your Bob Touch, the colours and details get alive. Incredible ripples and colour of water, nice touch of snow, a beautiful heron: what more can one ask from a picture? Thank you thank you!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-22 7:51]

A perfect addition to your theme Bob!
The "black" water and snow gives this photo a reaaaaaally cold feel... probably just like it really was!
Great composition and POV.
Brilliant cool lighting.
Well done!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-22 7:53]

Hi Bob,

A wonderful winter scene in the wilderness. The Heron is a bonus. Not many of us see something like this. As always your notes added meaning to the photograph.


Namastay Bob,
A beautiful piece of landscape with the heron in the middle. Very well thought composition. Informative notes as always. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Bob
Very intersting scene you show us here,
Perfect composition,colors and POV,Welldone my friend :o)

Good Luck

hello Bob

great notes with a superb shot, i love the shadows on the water
and the excellent light on the snow, loving birds and
wild animals more than landscapes, i am happy that you
you icluded him on your image

because as you write he make
that finishing touch of the landscape



Hi Bob, Nice shot of the heron and surrounding environment. The steely blue and black waters look cold. Nicely composed and noted. TFS,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-01-22 11:13]

Hi, Bob!
Nice photo, beautiful landscape and interesting notes.

Hello Bob,
A true original remote wilderness beautifully captured!
good moment with a Heron stands in the middle of the wood with beautiful ripples!
a pleasing composition with great notes always
best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-22 12:03]

Hi Bob,i like a lot this pic beacuse remember me my country and the Ticino river,perfect shot ,my best compliments,Luciano

Hi Bob,
Beautiful photo,congratulation,
Best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-22 12:31]

Hi Bob. A very nice winters compostion but with the Heron as well . I like the use of the light which give a cold blue to the shot which make it feel cold. good detail . as always good notes as well. TFS.

Hi Boh.
Magnifique, d'un premier coup d'oeil nous ne voyons pas le héron tellement il se confond bien à son milieu, très beau paysage.

Hello Bob,
A great winter scene of a small piece of natural wilderness left. Excellent lighting here to bring out the colors of winter's flat light...

Hello Bob,
very nicely composed shot,
I like very much this great scene with the heron stand on the tree, I like very much the snow and the composition,

Hi Bob,

I hope the heron is not suffering of the winter season. I thought this can of bird would go south before the cold season start. The point of view is giving depth to the photo. A good capture of the ripples in the water, have a nice day.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-22 16:44]

Hello Bob,
This is beautiful my friend and reminds me a lot of a place I would love to sit and listen, but as Lucy says " You never wear your hearing aids" These are sounds I miss, not the Clang and Clatter of the City. But also to watch the everyday happenings of a place so full of life. Thank you for this fine image and notes Bob.

Once again that fabulous use of light and shadows that makes your photos unique and truly BOB. :) We've created a new adjective on TN by the way..."That photo is truly Bob." "Try to get a little more Bob when you photograph landscapes." etc.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-23 6:56]

Hello Bob,
This looks like a wonderful peaceful place. I like your composition, the snow and the beautiful reflections in the water, the withered grass in the foreground and the heron keeping watch. Lovely colours too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-23 7:51]
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Hello Bob,
I like this image very much. Not only is it a well composed scene of a calm stretch of water in winter, it also shows the way the heron has used the log for his fishing, the snow having fallen into the water where he stood on different parts of the log. This can no way be described as an action shot but shows where the action was and where the actor is!
Very nice indeed!
Thanks for sharing this gem,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-23 7:55]

Wow that's agreat shot Bob, I'm jealous ! Great composition and perfect pose of the bird. Very well done my friend ! Thanks !


Hi Bob, fascinating winter composition with lovely Heron in great pose, splendid light and wonderful reflections, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Bob,
This guy has found himself a fine point of view, where he can look for food without getting wet & cold on the feet..!
I like the Januray mood with the low light and snow, pleasant composition!
Pablo -

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-24 9:10]

Hello Bob

What an amazing posting,so much wildlife sharing the moment with you.
I really enjoy this scene,it looks like a serene and wonderful place to visit.
Once again you have put words together with an image that paints a rich picture of your world.


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