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Winter Cedar

Winter Cedar
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-09
Categories: Trees
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5700
Exposure: f/6.6, 30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Canadian Winter [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-09 8:55
Viewed: 5232
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thuja occidentalis, a species of thuja, is an evergreen coniferous tree in the cypress family Cupressaceae, native to the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada. It is a small tree, only 10-20 m tall. The bark is red-brown, rutted and peels in long thin strips. It is known as Eastern Arborvitae, American Arborvitae, or just Arborvitae, the last particularly in the horticultural trade. Other names by which it is known include Northern Whitecedar, Eastern Whitecedar (sometimes split into two words as "White Cedar", though this causes confusion, as it is not a cedar), and the colloquial "swamp-cedar". It grows abundantly in wet forests, particularly swamps. It also occurs on other sites with reduced tree competition such as cliffs.
It can be a very long-lived tree in certain conditions, with notably old specimens growing on cliffs where they are inaccessible to deer and wildfire; the oldest known living specimen is just over 1,000 years old, but a dead specimen with over 1,500 growth rings has been found. These very old trees are, despite their age, small and stunted due to the difficult growing conditions. Ironically, this one will not live to see a ripe old age. Like the Spruce of my previous post, it was ripped out be developers. I wonder what expensive horticultural plantings will replace this natural beauty.

Thanks for your visit and your comments

PP: slight cropping from the left.

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C'est sympa, la vie qui recommence.
Bonne journée.

Hello Silke
What a great expression of whitecedar,
Excellent lighting and composition,


Hello Silke,
Surrounded by crystallized snow, this Whitecedar catches the eye for its colors that contrast sharply with the snow.
A well seen and well composed picture.
Thanks for sharing it.
Best regards,

Very pure and sharp shot Silke.
Very nice excercise with the colour, structure and focus. Great atmosphere. Very vell done. tfs. Stev

Fabulosos detalles Silke. La luz y quizá los reflejos de ésta en la planta son magníficos.
Gracias por compartir.
Saludos, JL.

nice close up, TFS Ori

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-09 14:28]

Hi Silke,
Really beautiful light and excellent details and composition on this tree. I'm impressed reading that it can live more than 1000 years!
Sad to know that it has been killed to make room for houses. As a personal opinion, developers move amongs democratics laws and citizens will buy houses. So developers are an small piece in this desaters IMHO
Best regards, José M.

Salut Silke

Félicitation pour cette belle prise de vue avec ce gel au sol .Beau cadrage et jolis détails .
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-09 15:04]

Muy bonita y estética captura Silke con hermosos colores y detalles gracias a la correcta iluminación y el foco y agudeza necesarios.
Me gusta la conjunción del encuadre elegido con el punto de vista captado.
Realmente una presentación inusual y de calidad.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Very beautiful and aesthetic capture Silke with noce colors and details due to the correct illumination and the necessary focus and sharpness.
I like the conjunction of the elected framng with the captured point of view.
Really a presentation unusual and of quality.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Ciao Silke, a lovely silple but wonderful composition, great sharpness, very well done, have a good weeek end, ciao Silvio

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-09 15:50]

Hello Silke,
Another great winter photograph. I like the contrast and the detail on snow. The warm light on the cedar makes a counterpoint to the cold snow. Very nicely composed and exposed.
Best wishes,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-10 2:54]

Lovely composition, Silke.
The details are very sharp throughout, but the texture of the snow is awesome. The exposure on the snow is perfect, and the white sets a wonderfu contrast to the warm colors of the plants.
TFS. : )

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-02-10 3:24]

Hi Silke,
very beautiful wintry shot, full of light and cold.

H Silke,
A beautiful winter composition. The green and red of the cedar showing thru the snow crystals looks great. Nice light and a perfect exposure.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-02-10 16:31]
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Hello Silke

I am quite familiar with this tree,it grows very well around here,and poachers from Montreal come along and dig up the young ones to sell as hedges for ridiculous prices back in the city.It makes an excellent cover for deer and rabbits in the winter,and the forest floor is literally covered with fungi and mushrooms in the autumn.You have done very well on your exposure with the snow,and the details are sharp and well focused.Nicely lit with well saturated colours.TFS


What a refreshing scene! I esp. like the non-green tips. That is a nice surprise.
What time of day did you shoot this?

Excellent detail, colour, & comp.
Tfs, J.

PS Interesting comment from Bob Fry abt the "poachers"... I do see "poachers" here
who, before Christmas, go after bushes that carry red or orange berries... IN PROV PARKS no less! But we won't get started on that.

Hello Silke !
What a courageous little plant ! I love the warm and sunny colors on the small branches, looks like a little ray of hope in the middle of the cold winter. Excellent details, beautiful colors and light, nice composition... Very well done !

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-02-13 16:34]

HI Silke!
I hear you have -20 C there, well great shot of winter conditions and beautiful colors and sharp details, we havent had a snowdrop whole winter it's just rainning all the time. Love the composition and snow and plant color contrast!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-14 5:43]

Hi Silke,
very nice shot, the branches look wonderful admidst the snow. Lovely colors and wonderful contrasts. POV, sharpness and cropping is very good.

Hello Silke,
This is a very good macro with nice exposure and details. I lovethis composition and texture of the snow. Interesting notes too. Thanks,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-02-16 14:21]

This is sharp, the cedar tips show up well against the snow. And I can even see the snow how it is holding together - very interesting and good to see.
Thanks Silke, from a very sunny summers day down under.

Hi Silke,
these ice-cristals are so beautiful and the warm colours of the cedar are a nice contrast to the snow. I hope it will be spring soon, I miss all the flowers and insects. Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Silke,
powerful and poetical, the evergreen whitecedar untouched by the cold. Very pleasant to see its warm hues of green and red colours emerging from the dark in pretty contrast to the shiningly white snow.
Interesting detailed notes. Thank you!
Best regards,

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