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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: 2009-12-28
Categories: Water Plants
Camera: LeicaDLUX4
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-28 12:08
Viewed: 3141
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
These are simple but rare grasses and sage growing on the edge of the Cheney wilderness plains. Under normal summer conditions they would be green.....however nature has this way of changing seasons. And it appears as though an underground water source has burst and then frozen once more, leaving a thick coat of ice on the grasses.

If one would look up and to the south of this area, they would see tall pines to the horizon....this is coyote country. In the summer it is refuge for ducks and geese. Today the best it could do was give me 3 minutes before my feet went numb from cold.

Model: D-LUX 4
Software: Paint Shop Pro Photo 12.01
Exposure Time: 10/10000 sec
F-Stop: f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 12.8 mm
Date Taken: 2008-12-28 12:14
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
File Size: 95 kb

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Those icicles and other ice formations could freeze one's soul Bob, otherwise they form a heart warming composition with those sages in their hearts. Quite a sharp capture from a good vantage point and an exposure adjustment just right for the various whites, surely the job of an expert at 0 degrees Fahrenheit!
Wish you a healthy and productive New Year MF.

Hi Bob,
it's amazing what nature can built.
Fascinating icicles, I love that cold shot very much, my friend, thanks for sharing it with us.
All the best for your for 2010, good health - and may all your dreams come true.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Bob,

Wowww... What an amazing formation! First I though your photograph showed an actual ice sculpture. The angle is perfect. And those twigs with the sunlight look like blood vessels:) inside the ice. Very beautiful and well captured.
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-28 13:38]

Hi Robert,
Very nice capture well seen and composed.Excellent POV,DOF and visual impact.Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-12-28 14:01]

Ha ha - 1000% different from what we get down here where I live, Bob...

Amazing to see the frozen ice on the grasses. Great shapes it has made. It's making me shiver down here in the heat :)

Happy New Year to you and your family


Hello Bob,
what a short-lived formation like one of million years old; very beautiful natural colors, excellent POV and composition.
I wish you a Healthy and Happy 2010.
Ciao Maurizio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-28 15:19]

Hello Bob,
A great shot of these ice entombed grasses and sage twigs. Their shapes remind me of the formations you find in an underground cave. Shown with wonderful exposure and fine detail.
Looks like you are in the heart of winter weather out there, we had a big snow storm last night and more predicted for the next few days.
I would imagine your old stomping grounds to the north of me probable got hit even harder. Nice to hear from you...

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6525 W: 89 N: 15623] (65353)
  • [2009-12-28 16:26]

Hey Bob,pay attention at your health,you haven't 20 years and here is very cold..ehehhe...i must to say thanks for this wonderful pic,it's truely one of the best winter composition never seen on TN,fantastic and whit the great quality that just your hands have! My best compliments and my best whishes of a Happy New Year! Luciano

Hello Bob,

Are your feet still frozen...hope not! A great shot with beautiful details & wintry/icy setting. Well done & presented. TFS & best wishes for 2010.

Stay warm & regards.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-29 1:41]

Hello Bob,
Good to see a photo from you.
Fantastic formation of ice. Great composition, POV and natural colours.
The best wishes for 2010, specially in health, to you and your family,

Hi Bob,
Ok that looks really cold to me. But it also looks like a wonderful piece of natural art. I like how some of those twigs are completely covered in this thick clear layer of ice and how you can see the ice grow rings very clearly.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-29 5:14]

Hello Bob,
I see that it was utterly cold in your part of the world too :-)
and what fascinating and strange shapes nature is able to build. Like icy fungis coming out of earth.. Very special and original shot.
I wish you a Happy New Year, good health-so far as possible- and success in what you undertake.
Kindest regards and my best wishes to your wife too

Ciao Bob, best wishes for a splendid 2010, wonderful Ice composition, fantastic artwork by nature, i like a lot, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-29 6:39]

Hello Bob,
A wonderful composition showing these mystical ice sculptures! Man can't improve much on this!! Excellent details and well observed!
I hope you had a lovely Christmas and wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year! Kind regards, Ulla

hello Bob

you choosed again a fine POV, ces glaçons ont l'air d'être imposant !
fine focus to all the image with great sharpness and details
you managed superbly your camera to get that details on the whites,



Hello Bob,
Great shot of frozen ice. I have just returned from Kashmir where I had such frequent encounters with this kind of wilderness. Your photograph shows very clear quality icicles. TFS & wish you a very happy New Year 2010.
Regards-Subhash Ranjan

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