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Granite Mountain

Granite Mountain
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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: 2006-03-14
Categories: Mountain
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-24 6:15
Viewed: 2780
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The unmistakable sound of ice melting inside crevices in the boulders which approach a landscape cheerfully ignoring the cars and road as they lean towards gravity in spring. It is a treacherous journey through the mountains of My Wilderness, A gentle but powerful sight. These huge granite rocks stand outside of time and space yet speak to the creator. These soundscapes of nature carry a deep reverence for the mountains, creeks, rivers, and forests.

Do you remember as a child....picking up a small rock and discovering the bugs which were under it..or perhaps spiders...? I remember it well...There was always a sense of excitement when this time would come..and it came at odd times...when walking a slow walk though the woods back home..I would stop and smell and listen, look down and see a rock which perhaps I had not seen before, roll it over and see things scurry away....and in my place this was the job of boys...it was what boys were made of...and girls were not allowed. I am that old but do no longer feel and understand that yes girls and even grown women now can do the same...so as I aged I learned more and more not only about what is under rocks, but who can turn them over. Now these boulders no man can turn, nor women and barely machine. When they do come down they always mange to do some sort of change in a major way to the environment..Perhaps they simply block a road, but in a deeper sense all things have changed when they fell...Insects who spent a whole life under a huge boulder are now exposed as are their young to a light, a change...and all things do indeed change..

These boulders are at 2400 feet heading up hillside to my cabin at 3000-3500 feet. It is hard to tell elevation on property because parts of it are much higher. All of it is granite underneath. Roads dictated by the granites edges and makes them very winding and steep in some places. During winter water freezes in the granite cracks and wedges them. In spring each year some granite comes down. Sometimes it comes down 1500 feet as it did one day behind my cabin from a tall peak. fortunately there was a buffer of a ravine beside my cabin. the noise however scared me plenty well. Strange in nature, how the unexpected happens just at the time one thinks all is quiet...surprise...Granite Mountain is the name by the way. Quite appropriate.

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Hi Bob,
I like very much this composition.
You got a good balance between the granite mountain, which is the subject, and the complementary pines and its green addition to the image.
The inclusion also of the snowy road adds a reference of the proportions there.
Thanks so much for take always the time to write your detailed, interesting and useful notes.
Warm regards,

Namastay Bob,
A nice capture showing the granite mountain. We have here in Orissa have got plenty of granite resources. As I have seen the places have somewhat extreme climate. A nice composition showing a little bit of blue sky. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Beautiful scenery well captured, Bob! Great colors and great amount of detail. Love the light!
Cheers, Klaus

Great note. You should gather all your writings and their corresponding photos and publish a book. I think it would do quite well. Nice shot of the mountain. It's almost cut in half diagonally with mountain and trees. I would like to see a wide angle view of your cabin to compare it with my imagination of what it looks like.

hello Bob

a beautiful composition with excellent contrast and colours density,
i love the way yoiu framed the image diagonnaly, one side
the granite mountain and the other side the rest of the image



Shalom Bob,
A lovely scene my friend.I certainly wouldn't mind getting away a bit from the daily pressures of life and taking this route up to a secluded log cabin.It is necessary every now and then to put career and work into proportion and realize what are the important things in life - Family, love, friendship, compashion, tranquility, relaxation......I could go on.Your notes always get you thinking....TFS.
Regards, David

Dear Bob
What a wonderful scene you show us today :O)
Perfect composition,lighting and POV,
I love your note as always, Welldone.

Good Luck

Hello Bob
Together with the note great educational presentation. Another geological formation in your collection
Best wishes


Wonderful shot,
I like all the different textures and colors,
Great info, by the way,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-24 8:40]

Hi Bob,

A change of pace from your recent photos. Wonderful scene of the huge boulder and the pine trees. Beautiful colors and composition.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-24 9:04]

Very interestig note and great winter pic,the colours are impressive,thanks for share,luciano

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-24 9:52]

Hi Bob

I agree with Billy - you should put your musings in a book. Nice composition - well thought out and exposed well.


Nice shot of a granitic outcrop. Good color and composition and it shows how roadbeds are restricted by nature.

A curious Pacific Northwest geologic side issue is related to the planet's other major type of rock - basalt.

Granite is lighter in color, less dense and structurally weaker than basalt. It is affected by weathering to a much greater degree than basalt. It floats on top of basalt. Basalt is the rock of the ocean basins, granite is the rock of the continents.

The only reason this is of any significant whatsoever is because basalt makes up much of western Oregon and Washington bulging all the way over to Idaho east of the Columbia River Gorge. It is one of the few places on earth where basalt intrudes onto a continent which makes the Pacific Northwest a very geologically unique and interesting place.

Granite mountain is almost unusual because it is made of granite, but it is north of the Pacific Northwest's basaltic bulge.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-24 10:30]

Hi Bob.
Once more poetic note and superb illustration for it. I am simply impressed with beautifulness of the place, great POV, amazing rich colours, excellent wide DOF and terrific details of the entire image. Lights and shadows are so impressive too. Excellent picture, TFS and best regards.

Hallo Bob
I really enjoyed reading your notes and thinking back about my own childhood.
A very impressive presentation of these granite boulders. Lovely scenery with patches of snow all over the surface. The green pines trees are really huge. The different textures of the mountain, fascinates me. A landscape well presented, well focused and much enjoyed.
I also want to use this opportunity to thank you for choosing me to be one of your favourites. A great honour indeed, and which I did not expect at all.

Kind regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-24 11:57]

Hi Bob. This is an excellent landscape with good detail in the rocks and rich but natural looking colours. This would be the sort of place for me at the moment.blue skys and a quite road. well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-01-24 12:02]

Hi Bob,
I like composition of your shot. Color and detail are wonderful.

Hello Bob,
splendid composition here, very well balanced with lovely colors especialy on the rock, excellent point of view and very nice frame,

Hello Bob,
A great explanation into a world that we have all witnessed, yet many have never lived, or smelled, or touched, or were touched by its power and grandeur.
North of Spokane?
Great note!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-24 13:43]

Hi Bob,
the composition of this photo is exceptional!
You've managed to include a bit of windy road, some blue sky and a diagonal line across the photo!
Warm lighting and colours that is complemented by the remains of the snow.
Excellent clarity and sharpness.
Great notes as always :)
Well done,

Hello Bob,

You look to have had a rapid thaw, remembering the snow on your last shot!
If this rock was talking to you, I have the feeling that its voice would be very loud! The power is there for all to see! It loks like a giant buffalo head! Good composition and interesting contrast between the hard, smooth, powerful face of the rocks and the softer, wavering outline of the trees!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2008-01-24 15:14]

That old rock face has outlasted everything else and will outlast us as well.
Great composition

Gorgeous - great composition following those classical rules we hear about. Wonderful light - a very 'strong' photo!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-24 16:49]

Hello Bob, this is an impressive road to use at spring. I love the composition here, with the big rocks at the foreground. The road close by really gives us a sense of scale and it turns to... some mysterious wilderness. The United States are a wonderful country, the wilderness is majectic. I bow to your art of capturing its beauty and its atmosphere. Thank you!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-24 18:41]

Hello Bob,
Another lesson and round of memories stirred, Lovely image to illustrate your note. The power of water is amazing even in small amounts.

Hi Bob,

A good capture of the forest of evergreen and of the rock formation on the right, the point of view is giving depth to the picture. It is also well framed. The photo is getting a good luminosity which brings out the colors. Have a nice day.


hello bob,
nice to see you again, i am back from my official trip of eight days and its raining here today since morning, looks like archives will be of great help again, when will i start shooting again, its already more then a month since i used my poor d 80,
this is a fine shot, i liked the colour tones and the way you have composed it,
well done once again,
tfs & regards

Hello Bob,
A very fine composition of the granite mountain with a good pov!
excellent sharpness, rich and warm colouration also in much details
well done, Bob!

Hello Bob,

Found my wat here through your critique on my picture in TL. You have wonderful gallery here with superb collection of pictures.

This is well-proportionate shot with the rock and trees. The road give good perspective in this picture.


p/s: I use the same ID in TE, TL and TN.

Hi Bob, splendid view of lovely place, great composition with wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-25 11:40]

Hello Bob, another great nature shot, very good details, great exposure and colors and very fine composition, thanks ! Great note too of course ! :-)


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-27 12:54]

Hello Bob

Lovely lighting and colours.
The POV is very good.I like the diagonal lines of the rock outcropping.
Well composed in the frame.
The trees and sky balance the shot well.

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