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Drey in White Birch

Drey in White Birch
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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: 2008-02-15
Categories: Trees
Camera: Nikon D50, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-28 7:43
Viewed: 4100
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After the huge snowstorm on 2008 was finished, I drove around the city to see the damage. Almost 1/8th of the trees in this small town had lost main branches. Most of this was from heavy snows and some from wind. This particular tree appeared to have no damage, but it was the second time I had seen this tree and I knew it wasn't an Aspen, however I rarely see birch trees out here, so I stopped to ask what appeared to be the wonder of the ranch what kind of tree it was..and indeed he said it was a White Birch and it had been there as long as he could remember. It stands about 75 feet tall which is quite tall for a tree that is spread out, so wide in branches. In summer the shade from this tree covers a very large area....

Since we rarely see Birch here in the Pacific NW, I did want to get an image of it for my own records and posting to TN. the added bonus is the squirrel nest or drey which was high up in the tree. I took the image with my 85mm and this is enlarged and cropped in order to see the drey a bit better, while not taking away from the immense size of the tree itself. Spring is often on the lips of folks in these parts the past few days...and with the sun gently hitting this tree, I think I can see the first signs of spring....perhaps I am rushing it, but not...it is coming...it is "in the wind"

jaycee, pankajbajpai, goldyrs, K9madtex, nglen, vanderschelden, Luis52, CeltickRanger, NinaM, Adanac, haraprasan, Jamesp has marked this note useful
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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-28 7:59]

Hi Bob,

Would you believe this is the first squirrel's nest I have seen? I'm not sure how you spotted it up there - you really are an eagle eye. Wonderful shot of the grand old white birch - hope you will show it to us in the spring.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-28 8:34]

Hi Bob,excellent idea show that ! Thanks for the note too,have a nice day,Luciano

hello bob,
nice capture, liked the pov and the composition, the natural shades make the picture better, as usual excellent notes,

its 10.07 pm here and i am badly tired but saw your post and thought of writing to you, i hope you are doing well and i miss your work,

take care & regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-28 10:05]

Amazing how both you in the West and we in Europe are affected by storms. Presumably this is our doing.
This is a pretty tall Birch at 75 ft and at that height it must have reached its prime and max. age, as most birches do not live beyond our lifespan.
Great lighting and pattern provided by the branches. The squirrel's drey is an interesting addition.
Thanks for sharing this one, Bob.
We can now look forward to spring, but that usually starts after our Wasalopp, the Swedish 60 mile ski event. (never done it myself but my son has).

Don't worry Spring will be here soon. I've been trying to catch up on posts that I missed while I was away for a few days. Great shot here. Pretty soon you have shots of the squirrels in that nest.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-28 10:30]

Hi Bob. Yes this is the birch tree you have here . they are usually short lived about 60 - 70 years they are a very soft wood and get a lot of diseases in the branches. you have captured this one with good detail and colour. along with your good notes .well done TFS.

hehe, I guess u r right about your 'colors conception' in my misty forest. ;-)
what can I say bout your shot? Just intresting perspective and good sharpness. Looks very natural. I like it.

Hi Bob,
Didn't even know squirrels have a nest, let alone it is called a drey.
I'm happy you have a lot of fun through photos and words and that you discovered spring signs.
I'm listening to the rain right now:-)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-28 14:04]

Hola Sr. Bob.
Can not find the proper words in English,so this time are going in Spanish. Please translate.
"Tres cosas son la que un hombre ha de hacer durente su corta vida.
1.- Tener un hijo, y educarlo, pues te obliga a que sea de la mejor manera.
2.- Leer un libro. pues te obliga a aprender de su sabiduria.
3.- Plantar un arbol, pues te obliga a cuidarlo y verlo crecer y disfrutar de sus frutos.
Que seria del mundo sin nuestros mudos amigos los arboles? Probablemente ya no estariamos aqui. Creo que todo ser humano debe forzosamente plantar y cuidar al menos uno durante su existencia.
Luis Leal.

Looks to me like this is an image of late Winter acting as a harbinger of Spring.

Good quality despite a huge amount of fine detail in the scene.

hello Bob

lovely image of this birch tree with excellent luminosity of the image
excellent details of the branches, the squirrel's nest it is the hart
of your image, it change alot if is there or not, excellent POV, TFS


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-02-28 16:39]

This birch has branches falling down like a willow or am I wrong? I am surprised that you don't have birches on the West coast. Here, they are the first ones to colonize a new forest or one that has been destroyed. I guess you know it. I like the picture, Bob, the light is very nice and it might be spring light that I see there, there's a strong feel to it. And the nest up there is something. I was reading Jane's comment and I am sure that starting now she will be seeing those nests everywhere! ;-0

Thanks again Mr. Bobby,


Namastay Bob,
A fine capture of this beautiful tree. What is that black round like structure just in the middle. Is it a bee hive or a bird's nest? Very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-28 22:28]

Hi Bob

Excellent POV with great lighting - in this simple shot you have indeed captured the approach of spring. Well observed and captured.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-29 1:37]

Hi Bob,
nice shot of this first sign of Spring.
That nest should hold a few little baby Squirrels soon enough!
I love all the drooping, downward facing branches.
Nice lighting and great exposure.
Well done!!


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-29 2:02]

Hi Bob,
Wonderful shot of this spread-out White Birch. The leafless branches form a nice criss-cross formation. The storm and the heavy snow sure has taken its toll but the squirrels nest is perfectly positioned and looks safe. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-01 8:19]

Hi Bob,
Strange tree choice for a squirrel drey in my opinion, but I'm not living in it. the reason I say that is these birch trees are very proned to losing branches. Great note and image my friend.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-01 18:38]

Hello Bob

There was always an old saying here that the squirrels built their nests higher in the trees in the autumn when a snowier Winter was approaching.
A very good capture of this white birch.
Very good focus and composition.


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