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Tree with a Tale

Tree with a Tale
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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: 2003-05-24
Categories: Trees
Camera: Olympus e100rs
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-08 10:51
Viewed: 3104
Points: 14
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I have always wanted to show and tell about my wilderness and this is as close as we can get. It is what was considered my driveway and the tree across it is an Aspen. The base of the Aspen grew 6 inches from Aeneas Creek. Aspen frequently grow near water and are used to find good locations to dig a well.

We had just arrived on a visit to the original property. The picture was taken FROM a primitive road and looking South up my driveway which goes another 1/4 mile and 100 feet elevation; is full of dangerous unrepairable ruts.

I turned onto the drive and went to the back seat to grab my small hand saw and my rifle. I laid the rifle against the front bumper and proceeded to cut the Aspen. Soon I heard a cracking and felt a presence. To the left of me and at the base of the tree was a cougar stalking me. It was 20 feet to the car and rifle and 20 feet to the cougar. I yelled at Jane to enter the car, turned and ran, grabbing my rifle and entered my drivers side. It was an amazing encounter.

When living in the wilderness, it takes an awful lot of common sense. One can be totally against killing animals, however in my wilderness one can die quickly. The rifle went with me whenever I was out of the cabin.

As to the poor small Aspen tree.....it was dead or dying due to waterlogged base. There are plenty more to its left....along with a grove of water mint which is the best mint one can drink.

Not really a photo for points or for it's beauty but for the story behind it....taken with a 1.5 MP old Olympus.

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hello Bob

i remember you have wrote us one time about that Cougar,
ay ! Bob you can not know how much i would love to see
a cougar (mountain lion or catamount) in the wild and
to photograph it, but that thing will never happen

yesterday in the TV they where showing Nature documentary)
it was Nature in Patagonia and in the film (documentary)
it was a Cougar with his feline hunting pose

a beautiful photo of your wilderness, i always love
the POVs you choose for your landscape photos, TFS


Ciao Bob, splendid view of lovely forest, beautiful natural colors, fantastic light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Bob,

That is quite an adventure to face a cougar. The path is taking my eyes toward the trees in the background which is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the detaiils and colors of the fallen tree. The luminosity is bringing out the colors. have a nice day.


Good morning Bob!

A thematic one! Fallen trees make good subjects. The background greenery shows that the world does not stop for the dead, life goes on. Excellent depth MF!
TFS and have a nice day!


Hello Bob,

what a nice shot from a thematic one,.
Nice note too..
Splendid view and fine colours.


Namastay Bob,
A nice capture of this forest pathway and the uprooted dead tree. A very good composed shot. Perhaps as far I remember you have already posted this shot titled "Near Death Experience". Thanks a lot for sharing.


Dear "DEAR" Friend, Bob.
For the story you get a MILLION points.
For the image another MILLION.
So, now, that you are a multimillionair you may die in PEACE!!!
Your servant 4ever.

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