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Turnbull Rocks and Lichens

Turnbull Rocks and Lichens
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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: 2008-03-28
Categories: Mountain
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Abstract Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-29 8:22
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The Palouse geology is most intriguing. I have been doing some filming in a rather new area, for me, on the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge. I have discovered a small pullover where I can get out of the car safely and walk around but not too far as some of the drop-offs are a bit too steep for my untrained legs. Jane and I have figured from rocks seen around this outcropping, that we are on the edge of what was millions of years ago, a vent in volcanic times. Some boulders can be blown far but some of the ones I have seen around the area are way too big and too many in number to have been anywhere further than 10 miles from this location. We are on a spring voyage, if you will, of trying to figure out just about where the center of the vent would have been. There is a problem however. There may have been more than one vent and if not at same time then in same area at different times...

Meanwhile this outcrop of rocks is approximately 20 feet exposed from ground to top and we are looking at a mid level point of the side which clearly shows how time and seasons have their way with the rocks...and then the lichens and mosses of all kinds are here in massive numbers. Simply staring at the rocks and discovering new and unusual things is all done in an hour or so, as my muscles are not quite ready for lengthy journeys in time. So we shall call this a starting point. It is a bit of a ways from Fish Lake, whose geology is claimed to be 15 million years old, but we are still in the same general area. This location is about a 20 minute drive from my dwelling...It is also across the road from a picture I took 10 days ago and posted to give a better feel of the land and its dramatic changes and diversity located here.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-29 8:26]

Hi Bob. This one i do like. The colours and shapes in the rocks. You have captured it with your fine detail and focusing. The Lichen will grow in most places. well done TFS. Interesting notes .

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-29 8:28]

Hello my neighbour-of-the-day! I haven't read your notes yet but this picture is amazing, beautiful Bob! The colours are nuanced and the composition you chose to frame is superb. I love the wavy rock in the middle which reminds me, I don't know why, of the women's faces in Modigliani paintings. It is very elegant. And the small patches of lichens add a touch of colour like adding small splashes here and there. Really nice and thank you!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-29 8:47]

Hola Sr. Bob.
La Foto exelente. Muy sencilla pero sumamente hermosa. La nota escrita muy bella. La calidad de la foto permite apreciar finos detalles de la roca.
Saludos mi buen amigo.

hello Bob

wonderful shot of these rocks, fine POV, i love the tones
of the colours, excellent sharpness and details of the shapes, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-29 9:09]

Hi Bob,

I have such wonderful neighbors today! You could not have captured this more perfectly. I must admit before I read your notes I had no idea what I was admiring. The details are so sharp and he composition is marvelous. Excellent colors with the lichens adding so much to the picture. Keep on educating me - I love it.


I'm likin' your lichens!

Only a true photographer can find photographic interest in a fungus with a photosynthetic partner. LOL!!!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-29 9:16]

Hello Bob,
Very beautiful close-up on this rock face where you can see the frost has done and is doing its job! Wonderful patterns, gorgeous colours and fine little lichens too! Very nicely framed too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

I like the combination of curvilinear & rectilinear lines and shapes. Color and sharpness are nice too. I am a potter so I am attracted to rock color, shape and texture wishing I could duplicate them!


Loving this shot it made me smile considering what I posted on TL.... Great minds think alike I like all the details and the pov is super. Very nicely presented in the simple framing. TFs

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-29 13:03]

Hi Bob.
You are a great master. You have took rather simply object and have created a true masterpiece. Even cropping is brilliant. It is clear, that reproduction of charming rock pattern is superb. Bravo.

Mr Bob

A splendid eye you have, I think you may be like myself and spend a lot of time tripping over my feet as I never seem to look where I am going but elsewhere. It also reminds me of the first shot I ever posted on TN.
Sterling work that chap.


Dear Bob
Another great shot from Palouse,
Perfect composition,exposure and POV,Superb shot my friend.

Good Luck

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-29 13:28]

Hello Bob,
Cracks and fissures for lines and the lichen and mosses for color. Great notes to accompany image well dang it great posting my friend.

Nature is the best creator,humans can only create its image... Thanks, CarOze

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-29 14:45]

Now that is WAY cool!
The shapes and patterns in the smooth rock are excellent!
The rusty, earthy colours are great!
Very, very sharp with a massive heap of detail.
Superb light.
The lichen is the icing on the cake :-)
Well done Bob!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-29 17:01]

Hi Bob,very interesting pic as your style and perfect realisation,i like a lot your various gallery,thanks for the note too,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello bob,
fantastic shot, superb sharpness, beautiful colors and nice shapes, amazing textures and details, very good light and fantastic clarity.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-03-29 23:18]

Hi Bob!

That's the kind of pictures I like very much! Very abstract, but still natural. Just colours and shapes... All I need to let me dive into deep contemplation...

Kind regards


Wow, what a fine selection of details from this reddish rock, Bob! You have an artist's eye.
I like the abstract and geometrical formations made by segments of rocks with lichen embellishing them further.
Well seen and well captured image.
Thanks and keep well.

Hi Bob, great rocks formation with lovely lichens, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Namastay Bob,
A very nicely engraved rock piece. Very well seen and well composed with little patches of mosses. Thanks a lot for sharing.


A strong rock face beatifully textured by cracks and fissures, and adorned with some scurvy lichens Bob, however those rocks look like a variety of dense sandstone from here my friend, could you be more specific for somebody who, once (in the far-removed past) aspired to become a geologist?...

Hi Bob,
Beautiful abstract here! Now this is something I can get excited about. Love the curvy center forms and the play of light and color. Nicely composed, wonderfully sharp, and colorful. One of your best. I nabbed this for my favorites. Tfs Richard

Another one of those artistic shots! Again you took something mundane and turned it magical. Well done!

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-30 9:23]

Hello Bob, great patterns and textures on this beautiful shot! The details are very sharp and the exposure is perfect, very well done my friend! Thanks,


An awesome shot, Bob, and a very interesting note!

wonderful shot of these rocks, fine POV, i love the tones

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