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Melt Down

Melt Down
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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: 2006-03-15
Categories: River
Camera: Leica D-LUX 2, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-18 7:29
Viewed: 3023
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yes...there are trout! This is Chief Long Alec Creek, along deceased Native American Chief by name. Water now seen as it comes from the slowly melting snows up in the mountains some 3000 feet higher than this mountain valley at 1700 feet.. And from this particular location it is only 100 feet further until it reaches the Kettle River, a main River which weaves in and out of Canada and finally in about 10 miles into the Columbia river. The creek nourishes all of the vegetation and trees on it's side, especially now here at the end where the soil is moist and ready to start greening and budding. Some plants and trees, bushes need as much water as they can get....and they are in this image still dripping from an early morning forest which is melting and slowly dripping off of the branches.

There is a special quality to mountain streams and creeks. I first discovered some wild mountain water mint growing there..a rare mint which when dried retains a very rich mint flavour. Doesn't look like mint, but it is...and as to actually getting to the streams sides; it was usually hard due to these brushes, trees and growths. Black bears had no troubles getting to the water. Big and bulky, well protected by heavy coats, they just trampled down the brush in order to get to the service berry bushes which also grew nearby. I could always tell when a bear had beat me to the creek, which as it was about every day in the early spring.

When I look at pictures such as this, it brings back smells and sounds....the kind of atmosphere that some write music about..

"Iíve walked these mountains in the rain,
Iíve learned to love the wind.
Iíve been up before the sunrise
To watch the day begin."
Wolf, Kate 1942-1986

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This is a nice tranquil setting. As always, I enjoy reading your notes. I have to say, if I knew where the bear was coming to drink, I would be set up waiting for him. Gun in one hand camera in the other. Of course I wouldn't hurt the bear if I didn't have to :)

hello Bob

another of your superb landscape shot, excellent POV
and again the eyes goes to the center of the image at the curves,
excellent sharpness and details and always great notes, TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-18 7:55]

Hello Bob,
Though this is from your archives it seems that it was taken today: the creek full of water from the meltinng snow and the buds beginning to swell. Superb composition and palate of colours makes one fell inspired to go out there and shoot.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-18 8:13]

Hi Neighbor,

Quite a contrast between our pictures side by side. This winding creek is beautiful framed by the trees with the snowflakes. My eye wants to travel upstream to see what is lurking there.


Hello Bob
Theres trout..Let me just grab my bag and a selection of flys!
Its a lovely scene that you have framed pefectly with the stream meandering down from its birth in the heights.

Namastay Bob,
A beautiful view you have presented here today. A situation which is impossible at the place where I live. Very well composed showing both the ice that is melting from the trees and forming a big river. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-18 9:29]

Hello Bob,
Beautiful capture of this winding stream, I'd love to taste a trout from this wilderness! Lovely pattern of twigs criss-crossing and I like the little droplets on the twigs. Lovely colours too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-18 9:35]

Hi Bob,
Wonderful shot and the river bend looks fabulous. Nice colours and details. The FG zigzag branches presents a fine effect. Very interesting and informative notes. Great composition too. Kudos.

What is interesting about this technically complex image is that even though you've included an incredible amount of fine detail in with the branches, which often confuses viewers, you have mitigated that with the soft focused meandering creek to balance the image.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-18 11:13]

Hi Bob. A few years old but the right time of the year so it could have been today. I like the way my eyes are taken up the stream and into the picture. you have good detail and natural colours. as always interesting notes. well done TFS.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-02-18 12:35]

Hi Bob!

The longer I look at it, the more I like it. It's a wonderful piece of untouched nature you present us, untouched also in the sense of "pure". The rain adds to that atmosphere of freshness, and one almost can smell the spring.

Kind regards


Hello Bob nice creative shot, the shallow DOF works well. Interesting composition excellent framing of the branches and the positioning of the river. Some great wilderness you have there, I can only envy. TFS rgds Necip

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-18 18:59]

Hola Sr. Bob.
La imagen de exelente contenido y finos detalles, hermosos colores de la vegetacion y gran ingenio del fotografo.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-18 19:46]
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Hi My Friend,
Such a tangle to get to the creek at this spot, but the resulting image is wonderful. Thanks for sharing your words and your talent once again.
PS, I was thinking about your last video, don't they worry about contaminating the park with the material removed from the streets. We all know what is on some of these streets.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-19 3:46]

Very nice shot of this stream Bob!
I love the shallow DOF.
Razor-sharp with stunning detail.
Excellent composition.
As usual an exceptional note :-)
Thanks for sharing this,


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-19 4:30]

Hello Bob, yes there is sound and smell in that picture, very well done, thanks!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-19 7:02]

Hello Bob

This is well done,I like the POV and DOF.
The sharp focus of the foreground branches and the OOF creek is very effective.
The lighting is wonderful.
Nicely composed in the frame,the creek leads through the frame nicely.


TrŤs belel comopsition, simple, sobre et riche.

Love the detail of the droplets --- nature is amazing. I would love to taste that wild mint and smell the fresh morning air.
Lovely shot!

Hi Bob,

Your note is informative. A good capture of the water of the Chief Long Creek which seems to have a strong current. The point of view is giving depth to the photo. There is a good contrast between the colors. The subject is well framed. have a nice day.


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