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Loon Island

Loon Island
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Copyright: Bob Harrison (BobH) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-05
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reflections [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-27 21:24
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello all- I'm back again for hopefully more than a couple of posts. Work has cut mercilessly into my time for photography- a terrible thing! However, I did get back to one of my favorite places for an excellent weekend- just enough time floating around in my canoe to keep me from going crazy.

This island is in the same lake and about 200 m from my earlier "Split Island" post (http://www.treknature.com/gallery/photo142993.htm). The gravelly soil anchored by a loose cluster of large granite boulders has accumulated sufficient organic matter to support several trees. Each autumn represents another step in this slow positive feedback loop. Slightly larger leaf drops every year add a bit more organic matter to the soil than in previous years. Perhaps in another few centuries the soil will be rich enough to support a garden for the summer people who seek refuge there.

Small islands like this are fairly common in the roughly two thousand lakes in Maine and play a special role in their local ecology. I've observed this one carefully for more than three decades. Bald eagles and osprey sometimes watch for prey while sitting in the top branches of its three highest trees, all white pines. The partial protection from four-legged predators offered by island life is important to the many songbirds which roost there. The island's gradually expanding beaches and shallows provide a toehold for submerged aquatic vegetation, plus more living space for small invertebrates, amphibians, and small fish.

These changes are an essential part of the slow but inexorable ecological succession I've written about in previous posts, and which are such a fundamental part of Maine's post-glacial landscape.

This picture was shot from a canoe on a quiet Sunday morning shortly after sunrise. Part of the fog had just lifted from the lake, giving me my first clear view of the island. The far shore, nearly one km away, was still shrouded in fog and is dimly visible on either side of the island. The wind came up a within minutes, spoiling my chances for any other reflection pictures.

tech notes- contrast increased significantly, otherwise unmodified

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To saeedabbasi: Loon IslandBobH 1 05-05 22:01
To sranjan: dream islandBobH 1 05-03 19:10
To Nephrotome2: thanksBobH 3 12-11 08:41
To joey: Loon Island and moreBobH 1 11-30 13:56
To efsus: thanksBobH 2 11-29 12:32
To tuslaw: BG fogBobH 1 11-28 21:23
To marhowie: not TexasBobH 3 11-28 21:07
To Heaven: peaceful indeedBobH 1 11-28 09:01
To NinaM: stress reductionBobH 1 11-28 08:52
To SunToucher: Island and NotonBobH 1 11-28 08:13
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salut bob

tres jolie photo belles couleurs et joli reflet

Hi Bob, splendid antumnal composition with great waqrm colors and fascinating reflections, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Bob,
What a wonderful photo. The little island is beautifully isolated by the lake and the fog in the BG. I like the fact that on such a small area so many different trees can grow in harmony. The different colors caused by the fall season and the difference in species makes it very interesting to see. The reflection is of course a stunner and ot shows that better weather was comming soon. On a tech part, I think adding a tad more shadows in the top part won't hurt the photo.

Hi Bob
Nice composition of this island. Nice colours.

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  • Metin Silver Star Critiquer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 16] (176)
  • [2008-11-28 3:56]

Hİ Bob

dear bob, excellent photo. nice and clear reflection.
i like the colors and the fog in the bg !

Hi Bob,
A beautiful mirrored reflection with great color saturation..
The water seems perfectly calm, and brings a lot to the image.
Sounds like a great weekend getaway place to be :)
Very nice,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-28 7:09]
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Hello Bob, I am very happy to see you're back because you write such interesting notes and your pictures are what you like and feel and it shows. This one is so beautiful, what a return! Who wouldn't dream to live in such an island, let stress and nervousness leave the body while looking and contemplating this natural beauty? Very well captured, I love the pov you chose, the reflection is perfectly a part of the picture, the colours are astounding and the notes are great. Many thanks and welcome back! By the way, I put a picture in the workshop of my last post, where you will see the icicles formed on grass.

Bye bye,


Hi Bob!

This could b what I would call the paradise on earth. I love it. It's romantic, charming and so pleasantly lonely. The atmosphere your picture creates is peaceful and tender.

Kind regards


Hello Bob
This little island, hidded in the mistwith so many different colors and with the almost perfect reflection. I like it very much.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-11-28 19:25]
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An exceptional mirror image Bob,
Beautiful colors and great composition with just the right exposure. Love the soft fog in the BG. Well done!!

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-11-28 20:44]
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Merhaba Bob,
Bu gerçekten fantastik bir yerin fotoğrafı gibi olmuş. Ağaçların bir birinden güzel farklı sonbahar renklerinin cümbüşü içinde bir mekan. Ve bunların sudaki harika yansıması. Herşey çok güzel görünüyor. Eline sağlık.


Wooowww !!! Wonderfull. I like it colors. I want to be there, now. Congratulations Bob.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-30 10:36]
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Hi Bob,
this is a fantastic shot!
The colours are stunning!
Exquisite reflection and fantastic clarity.

Very well done,

Hi Bob.Very cool imaGe.A great point of with with really rich colors and attractive Reflection scene.Sort of colors is so amazing in this imaGe and I also like the wave in water for alot ; too.



Such a fantastic place. Breathtaking.
so colorful. The reflection in water is sure a plus.
excellent capture

Hi Bob

Great capture of this special place, an idealic weekend get away. The reflection and saturated colours are very beautiful. we don't get anything like this sort of colour change in Australia, so for us these sort of autumn shots are always special. Great composition.


Hello Bob,
Its a dream island with all possible charismatic saturated colors of autumn & beautiful mirrored reflection. TFS
Regards-Subhash, India

Hi dear Bob ,
It is wonderful shot from reflexion.
Great composition with amazing light and colours.
Lovely iamge

Thanks for sharing dear Bob .

Kind regards

great island, TFS Ori

Wow! Beautiful colours Bob. I love the way the trees make up a circle. The fog adds to the magical lighting. A paradise.
TFS Trevor

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