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"Fruit" of the vine?

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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-17
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 17-85 IS
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Autumn At Trek Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-25 12:53
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The foreground leaves are vine maple about which I wrote in yesterday's post. The "fruit" to which the title refers has nothing to do with actual fruit or berries or grapes; although Oregon has become a major wine producer in recent years particularly noted for its Pinot Noir. The fruit to which I refer are the wonderful colored leaves. Vine maples are everywhere in western Oregon, green and non descript most of the year. But it has its moment of glory in the fall. Normal years will find it mostly orange, but this year we have more red.

The mountain is Mount Jefferson, considered by some to be an extinct volcano. I would like to believe them, though it is more likely it is merely dormant. I am not happy living surrounded by volcanoes!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-25 13:24]
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Hi Evelynn

A great picture - the contrast between the thrusting barnches of autumn leaves and the conifers is lovely - and Mount Jefferson add the final touch. Bad news I am afraid - non of the volcanoes from Shasta north can be considered extinct - sorry.


Hi Evelynn,
Very beautiful autumn landscape with good POV and composition. Different layers of trees and eventually the mountain make the view deep and very interesting. Amazing mixture of colours.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-25 14:39]

You see like a painter, Evelynn, the colours bloom out of the frame, it's beautiful. I try myself at photographing red leaves like this and it's not as easy as it seems. Yet, you do it beautifull, superb pov, and very original with the view of the mountain at the background. What a window! Thank you!


Hi Evelynn,
Very nice bright picture. Beautiful natural colors, I like your composition, with the snowy mountain in the background. Well done Evelynn.
Regards, Ruud

Nice image... well framed and a pretty view of Oregon in this season. It accurately represents Oregon's Cascade Mountains in Fall.

Jefferson is probably more correctly called a dormant volcano. An extinct volcano is one that will never erupt again. That is probably not true of Jefferson. It is youthful like all the Northwest volcanoes.

Like it or not, the Pacific Northwest is probably the most geologically dangerous place in the continental United States. It resides just west of an unusual collision between three of Earth's big tectonic plates.

The Cascade volcanos, of which Jefferson is one, are the direct result of that as well as the Pacific Plate subducting the North American Plate. It is a very complex geology.

Despite all the talk about the earth quake called "The Big One" on the San Andres fault in California, the really "Big One" will be off the coast of Oregon/Washington.

The Great Quake to affect the Pacific Northwest already has a name. It is called Cascadia and when it happens, probably within the next hundred years or so, it will be the single greatest disaster in US history.

Cascadia has a Great Quake once every 300 years or so. There have been over 20 in the series. The last one was in 1700. You can do the math.

Within minutes 10s of thousands of lives will be lost and the cost in property damage will likely exceed more than the sum total of ALL previous US disasters combined.

Most of that damage will be in coastal areas resulting from a tsunami like the one in Sumatra in 2004. Cities along the Washington/Oregon/Northern California coast with developed land below about 20 feet elevation will be seriously affected. Vancouver BC, Puget Sound area, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Rockaway, Tillamook, Newport and Crescent City immediately come to mind, but I'm sure there are a lot of other places like them.

The forces that caused the Sumatra tsunami are exactly like the ones at work off the PN coast. The historical magnitudes of previous Cascadia quakes is about the same as Sumatra's.

The last Cascadia quake in 1700 generated a tsunami so large that it struck as far away as Japan. It was recorded by Japanese scholars who specifically noted that it had an unknown cause.

That doesn't ease your mind much, does it? :)

Hello Evelynn,
Oh..Pinot Noir involved:-)
Of course the wo,nderful colored leaves are also tasteful.
Here we don't such vivid reddish colours let alone the mountains.
Well done

Hello Evelynn

That snow capped peak ,peeking through is a monumental accent for this beautiful shot.
Lovely autumn colours and lighting.
The composition is terrific.
Excellent POV.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-10-25 19:10]

Beautiful Evelynn,
You always seem to have something special in your composition that really draws your attention, this time it's the beautiful mountain in the BG. Wonderful contrasting colors with perfect lighting and exposure.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-26 3:12]

Hello Evelynn,
A beautiful composition of autumnal glory combined with the staidness of conifer green. I like how you composed the two to enshrine the peak of Mt Jefferson in the BG in great lighting.
I'm sure the seismologists have a pretty good check on the state of Mt. Jefferson's dormancy to be able to warn the local residents.
Thanks for sharing this fine view,

Hello Evelynn,
Very nice framing on Mount Jefferson, a pity that the pine tree did not give you a more open view on the mount!
Very nice 3D effect and superb autumnal colours
Kind regards

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-27 11:48]

Hello Evelynn, very well composed scene with a natural frame for the mountain, and a great dof that puts so much sharpness in it. Perfect exposure and of course great colors. Well done, in my favorites.


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