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Winter Blossoms

Winter Blossoms
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-13
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, @ ISO 200
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-25 16:37
Viewed: 3299
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another shot taken directly behind South Falls previous post in Silver Falls State Park... an hour from my home in Oregon.


It's kind of an oasis, even amidst the already scenic farmlands, rolling hills and lush forests of the eastern Willamette Valley. Silver Falls State Park literally overflows with a variety of splendid waterfalls, trails, fascinating rock formations and greenery, all situated right in the middle of some beautifully varied landscape.

It's the cool, green, rain-forest-like atmosphere that hits you as you approach this 8,700-acre state park with more than 21 miles of trails designed for hiking, biking, horse riding and of course, viewing.

Interestingly enough, you wouldn't have thought much about the beauty of this placid place 16 million years ago. Then, enormous lava flows from eruptions as far away as Idaho pushed their way into the Salem area, eventually reaching the sea. Yet it's that kind of volcanic destruction that ultimately created the beauty of the park. As each new lava flow cooled, it gave birth to new rock layers called basalt. These basalt formations were eventually cut into their present-day pathways by the various streams in the area, and then into the 11 waterfalls that are contained within Silver Falls State Park.


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Hi Evelynn.
Vey nice shot. Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning.
Well done. tfs. Stev

Hi Evelyn,
Very appropiate the name of the picture!
I like so much this ice formations catched, with and excellent POV.
The light reflections on the ice makes it so bright and very contrasting with the dark background.
You took really good advantaje of the long ice formations -like stalactites- to make this great vertical composition.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-25 17:42]

Awww thats my Evelynn, giving us a beautiful image to see with great colors and details that are very pleasing to the eye, thanks Evelynn.

Very cool shot and perspective Evelynn! I love creating images around frozen waterfalls as well as there can be so many interesting ice formations caused by the spray.

hi evelynn,
nice post , captured the fromation of ice with perfection,
lovely colours, nicely composed,
tfs & regards

Fantásticos detalles en esta imagen Evelynn.
Preciosa la composición y acertado el encuadre.
Un saludo, Juan Luis.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-26 2:55]

These "ice blossoms" are just gorgeous, Evelynn.
Well seen and well captured.
Those globby shapes are fascinating.
I wonder what the physics of freezing are, and how they determine the final shapes. Their juxtaposition with the slim straight icicles makes for an interesting composition.
TFS. : )

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-26 3:08]

Hello Evelynn,
What wonderful shapes and patterns in this capture! Beautiful colours and sharp details. This is a sign of a photographer with artistic talent! Excellent composition!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-26 4:07]

Hi Evelynn,
Fascinating forms, just like blossoms, really amazing. I never have seen something like this. You made out of it an excellent composition.
Best regards

hi evelynn
bravo pour cette composition, bons détails et image peu commune
bien vu, amitičs et merci

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-02-26 6:10]

Hi Evelynn,
The forms of the ice is very beautiful! They are really like blossoms... Excellent detail, very well seen and photographed. TFS

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-26 14:23]

Hi Evelynn.
You have pictured a very beautiful nature phenomenon. Amazing piece of art, created bi nature. You have pictured and presented it nicely. Perfect POV, composition and exposure. Very impressive light FG and darkened BG. Superb, artistic work. My compliments and TFS.

Hello Evelynn,

excllent Ice photo well composed and aptured photo wxcellent colors Bg POv DOF Perfet colors well done

TFS Kyle

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-27 16:05]

Hi Evelynn,
Very cool photo with the iciles and the frozen plants. I like the title, too. Exposure and sharpness are excellent. But I wish you didn't have to shoot wide open. Very well done otherwise.
Best wishes,

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-02-27 20:47]

Hello Evelynn,
Bery nice POV and good light to show all the beauty of this winter scene. I like also the subdued colours.
Best greetings and TFS!

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2007-03-11 16:01]

that is quite captivating..a virtual mimicry of the living by the ice coverings
you certainly been out recently in that cold weather

Nice spot, Evelynn. Get some macro shots as well next time

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