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October Surprise 20K

October Surprise 20K
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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: 2008-10-14
Categories: Trees
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Joe's Favourites 2, Autumn At Trek Nature [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-15 7:57
Viewed: 3055
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday when I saw Joeys wonderful image posted for the day Red Deer in the Mist, I told him jokingly that now he had thrown down the gloves in challenge. This was all said tongue in cheek humour of course....as I knew his image would be close to 100 points by the time it was all over said and done..it was that good...and for such a young man...so brilliant and so talented...wow!

So to Joey...my October surprise...as I went out to get one more "beautiful" image of my Maple Tree Leaves, I discovered the source of my all summer problem...as the leaves had blown off near 30 feet up the tree, it revealed the wasp nest we had all been searching for during the hot days......ha!

This was somewhat of a challenge to shoot with backlighting, but to include fall colours was my intent and the sun could not be convinced to changed its azimuth . I must have taken a dozen shots before I could get the lens to focus correctly in the nest. It kept wandering off to the leaves...as my eyes did as well of course..and today I see even more gone...soon the snows shall fly...

This image shall put my point total over 20 thousand. I remember celebrating the number 5000 some time back...and mentioning...I do so enjoy the point system...and now that we have purged ourselves of worry and woe as to who has more or who has less or who is good and who is not...the point system remains. It keeps us on our toes. It is a heads up at time to remind us to stay at our best...and to continue on learning from you and others...it is in this way which we also learn...a good system devised and written well and so far...Trek Nature is one of the premier sites in the world to learn and see all about nature!

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Hy Bob
We are neighbours today. Wow! And you had the courage to get closer to the nest? I had unpleasat memories linked to the wasps. But good job an congratuletion for your courage.

Hi Bob,
Wasps nests,or rather,the wasps on themused to freak me out majorly.
I fell in a couple of big nests in the Pacific isles.
Now I'm pretty much over it,lessen they get riled up some ;)
This is a cool capture of a paper wasp nest.
No ones home 'cept those eggses.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-15 9:05]

Hello Bob,
I can imagine how well hidden this was behind the big Maple leaves earlier!! I hope you escaped attacks this last summer! Mind you, without the wasps you wouldn't have had this superb capture to show us :-) It looks really great with the bare thin twigs around it and the autumn leaves in the background. Great sharpness and lovely colours too!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-15 9:33]

Nice find Bob!
Great when one can come across the unexpected like this wasps nest and you managed to make a good combination with your original intention, the autumn leaves still in the maple tree. A great 3 megapix video still that has the quality of an DSLR.
I don't think I'll come across our local wasps nest but you never know!
Thanks and congratulations on having 10000 critiques. Look forward to many more,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-15 9:58]

Hi Bob,

You must have been surprised to find this. That is quite a nest - you must have had swarms of wasps during the summer. No way you could have found it covered up with all the leaves. This picture tells quite a story of the changing seasons. Sort of like life - empty nest and the autumn of our lives. Just wonderful with colorful dying leaves and blue sky in the background.



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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-10-15 10:44]

Hi Bob,
a well deserved 20K too, your posts help lift TN from becoming just a 'hard fact' site, which although there is nothing wrong with that, it does make the whole place a bit more...cosy?!
Anyway, another great shot to add to your collection...keep it up mate, i think you probably underestimate your standing here. Oh, very well handled backlighting and DOF too..:o)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-15 11:19]

Hi Bob,in this time you have 12 points for this pic and 19987 for the others.19987+12=19999. It's me the hero! +2=20001 ! My best compliments for this nice surprise and for you great work to the TN's friends.Today a bottle of italian spumante to celebrate..ehehe...have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-15 11:23]

Hi Bob.
I like your creative idea, amazing selection of the scene for shooting. The main subject is simple enough. However, at such wonderful fall surroundings it looks greatly. As usual your note is wonderful. My best wishes.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-10-15 11:24]

Hi Bob. Congrats on the 20k.PT. You and your pictures are worth each one of them. Todays picture shows us why you have reached this amount. The fine detail and colours against the bright light. with good notes too. well done TFS.

Mr Shannon

You have been an inspiration to me in the short time that I have known you this this strange medium. You listen, tell, listen, speak, evolve, you my friend are a true star. 20,000 points ? more like 20,000 leagues apart from the rest.

The shot, well as ever colours with a story a click in time should be.

Glen Jnr.

Hi Bob!

Excellent shot despite of back lighting perfect sharpness and good details of the nest, great autumn colours in BG, very well composed and done.

And of course congrats for Your 20000 points, maybe some day I will collect such number;)

Thanks a lot for posting and for being with TN so long.


Hi Bob, splendid autumnal composition with fantastic warm colors, great capture of nest with goo details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Bob,

CONGRATULATIONS! on reaching 20000 pts with this fine composition consisting of a wasp nest and autumnal leaves as a surprise:-). Thank you 10000 times for your great contributions to TN and us.


Hi Bob,

I've had an up close and personal experience with Wasps, whilst trimming a bougainvillea bush I disturbed the nest, the ensuing pain having been hit in the face, neck, shoulders and hands has given me a new appreciation of the little critters, and a new understanding of the threshold of shear pain.

This is a great shot, the colours are stunning, the backlighting is beautiful, really well composed, but you would not see me within 100miles of a nest let alone take a picture of it, I admire you courage my friend, and congratulations on reaching 20 thousand an amazing milestone.

All the best, Cheers Rick :)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-10-15 18:46]

Hello Bob,
Congratulations on 20K, you know how I feel about your contribution to TN and my growth.

hello bob,

very nice shot, these days the tn gallery is full with the shots of beautiful autumn and i am really enjoying it as we dont have that colorful autumn here.

this is a fine capture, one has to be very careful while shooting it, i liked the pov, the colorful bg and the composition, you have managed exposure well in difficult lighting condition, well done,

you are also close to crossing 20000 points and that means 10000 smileys, this number shows that 10000 times you have delighted your fellow tn members with your work, keep it up dear bob and its a pleasure having you here with us.

warm regards and congratulations once again.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-10-15 20:43]

Great shot Bob,
Love the fine detail along with those wonderful Fall colors! I spotted a hornets nest while in Penn. but it was only a few feet off the ground. I didn't have the nerve to climb under it for a shot in case the homeowners were still occupying it.
I'm sure you know the old legend that if the nest is built low to the ground it will be a mild winter, and if it's high up it will be a bad one.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-15 22:59]

Hi Bob,
Outstanding shot with such glorious colours and sharp details. Looks so fresh and pleasing to the eyes and seems like the nest will fall on my head. Excellent POV, DOF and composition. Kudos for 20K.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-10-16 1:30]

Hi Bob,
thankyou for your kind words, it means a lot coming from you :-)
This is a wonderful image to put you past 20k!
Very good colours.
Great sharpness.
Good to see you found the wasps nest :-)

Very well done and congratulations on passing this milestone.

All the best!

Another fine fall scene from you Bob, that correctly exposed wasp's nest looks so beautiful against the autumn leaves of the maple tree and blue sky, the dried branch and twigs in semi-silhouette add to a perfect composition. I don't know, but taking the nest slightly off center to the left might even improve an already beautiful shot, what do you think my friend?

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-16 9:50]

Hello Bob,

If I should have looked at the scene I should have sayed it is not possible to take a decent photo.You have prouved so well it is! The colors of the wasp nest have been rendered so well together with the leafs behind. Moreover the image of the best and the branch it is hanging on are shown with such a sharpness.


hello Bob

first i have to say that i loved to read your notes
and your are finishing it with a excellent point,
you have done a superb shot of this bee nest,
with excellent focus, superb luminosity of the background,
i love the autumnal colours of the leafs, and excellent
sharpness and details of the foreground, TFS


Hi Bob,

A good capture of the wasp nest which was hidden by the leaves. The details and colors of the nest are clear and precise. the subject is well frame. The colors are enhanced by the good light. Have a nice day.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-10-19 13:29]

Hi Bob

It looks like we have all been enjoying autumn this year. So far it has been a glorious autumn here in the UK. Joe's shot would take some beating for beauty but this has the interest factor. The workmanship in this nest is amazing. We done on getting such a clear shot and for handling the lighting issues so well. The backlit leaves make a great setting.



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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-19 14:30]

Hello Bob, a very interresting shot of the well constructed wasp nest. Great details and lighting, well done again!


Hi Bob
Don't you just love coming across little treasures like this. I always find mother nature so fascinating, even artistic. I love the colours that surround this wasp nest, including the deep blue sky. Good detail, lighting and composition. Well done and congratulations on over 20,000 points WOW.
TFS Janice

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