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Snowy Fir Tree

Snowy Fir Tree
: Lori Cannon (LCannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 137 N: 804] (3107)
: Plants
: 2004-01
: Trees
: Vivitar-vivicam 3715
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/251
: Final Version,
: 2005-02-14 18:57
: 23023
: 16
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I tried cloning out the offending truck and electric wires, I'm not really great at cloning but I hope it looks better.

This photo was taken during last winters snowstorm. I love the way snow gathers on the fir needles and hangs the tree branches low, sometimes they'll even break off and cause power outages when they hit power lines, that is why I left the power lines in this photo.

Cropped, increased mid-tones and contrast, sharpened +1 and added frames.

About the Douglas Fir:

This particular Douglas Fir came from a seed left by passing Logging Trucks, when I first moved here the tree wasn't here, we let it grow and now it provides nice shade in the summer.

Douglas-fir is not a true fir and has been a taxonomic nightmare for those trying to settle on a genus name. After changing names on numerous occasions the present scientific name Pseudotsuga menziesii now uniquely belongs to Douglas-fir. The unusual cone is also unique with, forked, snake-tongue-like bracts extending from each scale. The tree is one of the dominant trees in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and up the slopes to medium altitudes. It has been transplanted successfully throughout most of the North American temperate zone.

West of the Cascade Mountains, Douglas fir dominates the forested landscapes often accounting for 90% or more of the trees in an area.

It grows from 60 to 100 metres high. Its bark can be up to 30 cm thick. And it can live for up to 1000 years.

The Douglas-fir is a species that relies on forest fires for its survival. In the absence of fires, it would be rapidly replaced by its associates, western hemlock, amabilis fir, western redcedar and grand fir. Old Douglas-fir trees are particularly resistant to fire damage, and the Douglas fir quickly regenerates after forest fires.

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To rlortie: Thank you,LCannon 1 02-14 19:29

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It sure looks better Lori. If I wouldn't have seen the previous one, I would not notice the missing truck and wires. Very good job. Great improvement.

Lori, Great improvement!! Thanx for the info. on the Douglass Fir. TFS!!

Lori certainly on my screen it looks 200% better, well worth you spending your time, it now feels to be a much more open space though I understand why you originally left the cables in, it is certainly better with-out.
simple nice one TFS

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-02-15 3:54]

Please NO! :-) No more snow! I love your picture but Chrismas is over and desperately need spring :-)

It looks better without the truck, good work.

Great snowscape. The cloning looks good to me and the image itself is very good. Nice composition between the snow-covered tree and the grey sky.

Very nice pic. You really captured the brightness of white snow without overexposure.

I like the composition of this Lori, and the (lack of) colour creates a nice atmosphere.

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