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'Jack Pine' on the Footpath

'Jack Pine' on the Footpath
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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: 2008-06-06
Categories: Trees
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-08 6:45
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Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Jack pine is a dominating species at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. This particular one is just off of the 200 mile interconnecting foot trail which runs through the Refuge. It is one of only 3 or 4 ways to gain access into the well protected system. And while turn bull is only 17,000 acres ( 6879 hectares), it is a transitional are between the millions of years old Scablands of volcanic rock and the Palouse which are much larger at thousands of square miles. Within these boundaries lie many of th species of natural beings, including but not all inclusive are mammals, aviary, geologic and floral. In my own words...as prior was...this area is not only filled with nature, it is filled with both mystery and science. On any particular day I can go out to Turnbull (a few private spots of which I am aware) and when I arrive I can choose what type of mood and what to photograph. Whether it be a volcanic rock, some basalt, a sheer cliff, a flying bird (*100 plus varieties), a mammal, some butterflies, some medicinal plants, some tress....AHA!

On this day I decided it was the tree. For on the ground which I was standing all of the above were in view. but this tree well coloured with lichen and moss....this Jack Pine of perhaps 100 years of age, formed a partial frame looking into the grassy meadows beyond. Some of last years dried old grasses and needles can be seen at the lower part of the image. I am standing at eye level with the horizon on the trek path which follows an old creek bed. So many tings...and so many noises...all natural as in the singing of the birds and the slight breeze of the wind...the odor of a warmer day as it heats the pine and fills the air with it's pleasant odor. THIS! this is my kind of day to take away the sins and worries of the world and know that our Creator still holds us all responsible for caring. And in their own bureaucratic way, usually bumbling, the federal government does its meager share by protecting this part of our world we call Earth! It was a good day.

Fuji DSLR Nikon Mount
Sigma at 159mm
ISO 800
Hand held
Matrix Metered

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Hi Bob, just got back inside..had to go clean my pond pump filter :)
Well composed - I like the proximity here that shows this great detail and moss covered branches so well.
Very good color, exposure, and DOF mf.
Well done!

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-06-08 7:21]
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Bonjour M. Bob, je vois que vous continuez à nous présenter de superbes photographies d'arbres et de nature. Cette photo est particulièrement intéressante car, comme à l'habitude, vous avez l'oeil pour nous faire découvrir les "patterns" vivants. J'ignore pourquoi mais mon oeil ne cesse d'aller et venir vers cette touffe d'aiguilles, presqu'au point d'or, tout en haut du cadre. Elle est parfaite alors que toutes les autres sont tordues, rarissimes ou tout simplement envahies par les mousses et le lichen. Superbe photo de cet arbre tout rabougri et recroquevillé par le temps et les intempéries. Merci!


PS: Felt like writing French to you today!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-08 8:48]

Hello bob, You have a nice way of presenting things. This is a very good presentation and with good composition. Excellent sharpness. Ganesh

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-08 9:22]

Hi Bob,

And what a tree it is! Makes our Mesquites look pretty sickly. The contrast between this and your winter pictures are amazing - especially to someone who has forgotten what change of seasons means. Excellent pov - beautiful colors - superb composition.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-08 10:27]

Hi Bob. Well its a big old looing tree with lots of detail which you have captured so well. natural colours shown in the pine and the lichen. well done . TFS.
Nick.. Interesting notes from you.

Hi Bob, thanks my friend for this wonderful great tree, I like a lot, great composition with splendid colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Bob,

Very impressive beautiful pine you have here. Good composition, sharness of details and colours.



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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-08 12:23]

Hello Bob,
brilliant shot!
I love the yellow Lichen lining some of the branches.
Really clear with loads of detail.
Wonderful lighting and colours.
Excellent composition as usual.

Very well done!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-06-08 13:20]

Your photo speaks volumes on endurance, and the ability to stay strong and keep holding on to ones faith and beliefs.
The large moss covered tree, though tattered and torn a bit, has face many obstacals throughout it's lifetime.
In spite of this, it's roots have held firm, and refused to bend and compromise to all that it's environment can throw at it.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-08 13:45]

Hi Bob

Wonderful shot of this gnarled 'Lord of the Forest'. Well composed and captured.


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-06-08 13:50]

Hello Bob,

Very beautiful composition and great framing. Very good DOF. The colours are superb.


Looks something from a Tim Burton film. I reckon this image would look even moodier in B+W, I could see a headless horseman charging past at any moment.

Mr Glen signing out.

Hello Bob,

Trees are so interesting and this is no exception! It looks like a strange creature from Dr. Who ( A sort of space/science series on T.V.) Its features certainly have animal form rather than plant!

Great composition and lovely tones og green.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
May thanks for your warm comments on 'Poppy Perfection'

Hello Bob,
Very good sharpness on the Jack Pine! I loved the moss growing on the branches with so much details!
many thanks for the sharing and the notes
best regards

hello Bob

excellent image of the Jack Pine, i love the POV you choosed
by showing one part of the tree with the branches
and not all the tree in full frame, alos fine DOF,
excellent contrast, great sharpness and details of the image,



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-08 23:41]

Hello Bob,
Wonderful image with superb composition. What a knarled up oldtimer with some great lichens on the dead branches. Great work my friend.

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  • yasin Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 1 N: 43] (129)
  • [2008-06-09 0:02]

Halo Bob,
very good notes explaining the beautiful tree, great composition and TFS!
Best regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-09 9:46]

Hello Bob

A very rugged and natural looking shot.
The details are very good and the colours are well saturated.
Good focus and sharpness.


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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-06-09 14:35]

Salut Bob,
J'aime beaucoup les photos d'arbres. Cette photo est assez particulières, on voit le côté rustique et le côté noble du pin.

I suddenly took off for home and pardise, sorry I couldn't keep you informaed.
As you keep telling me, bob, this shot has your name etched all over it.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-11 8:24]

Hi Bob,
i've missed a few of yours, but i'm gonna critique this one because i really like the detail and the shape of the branches. I love trees and all the different shapes and sizes they come in and this one's a beauty. Very nice rich colours and sharp focus, the lichen growing on the branches suggests this is a healthy place to visit..

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-06-16 0:26]

hello Bob,
I missed this picture which I like especially for its very fine different tones of greens. The composition is excellent too. It's a special place full of peace and serenity. I can hear the sounds of nature and my eyes see just beauty..
Thanks a lot for this marvellous picture

Hi Bob,

Your note is very informative. The tree on the left with branches that have different types of lines are assets to the composition. The details an colors are clear and precise. The subject is nicely frame. There is a good contrast between the colors. Have a nice day.


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