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Pine Tree Arch

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 30 January 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This is my favorite of the arches. Early morning shot. We were the only ones there.


It came to me the other day:
Were I to die, no one would say,
"Oh, what a shame! So young, so full
Of promise -- depths unplumbable."

Instead, a shrug and tearless eyes
Will greet my overdue demise;
The wide response will be, I know,
"I thought he died a while ago."

For life's a shabby subterfuge,
And death is real, and dark, and huge.
The shock of it will register
Nowhere but where it will occur.


NIKON D80 1/500 second F/13.0 ISO 200 24 mm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Oh my, this is spectacular. Perfect composition, color and quality of light.

30 Jan 2009 5:09am

@Suzanne: Thank you; that was an incredible morning.

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

What a totally amazing place and I have to say this shot is just stunning!!! A perfect capture in my eyes....the composition is just superb, framing is amazing. The clarity and the colours are stunning!!! Bravo! 5 stars!!

30 Jan 2009 5:52am

@Linerberry: Thank you; you make me feel very humble.

Lydie et Roland from BESANCON, France

WOW - a nice landscape, very nicely caught... A pleasure for our eyes.

30 Jan 2009 6:40am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Magnifique cadrage, très beau paysage!!! J'aime!!!

30 Jan 2009 6:51am

rem_la from Villiers, France

ils sont ou les indiens !

30 Jan 2009 7:14am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Perfect composition, colours are splendid

30 Jan 2009 7:42am

Evi from Athens, Greece


30 Jan 2009 8:38am

[email protected] from France

One of my fav for sure too ! A natural frame in the frame - just gorgeous pic !

30 Jan 2009 9:33am

Llorenç from Salt, Spain

Estas fotos parecen tomadas en el Gran Cañon del Colorado...Muy bonita...Saludos....

30 Jan 2009 10:21am

Ninni from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Wow! The colours and the composition, its fantastic!

30 Jan 2009 10:47am

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

toujours les couleurs merveilleuses de l'ocre et des rouges pour contraster avec le vert des feuillages, une image trop belles dans la forme de la pierre qui trace ses ondulations mystèrieuses, et toujours ta lumière si brillante et si attractive, super John.

30 Jan 2009 10:54am

Ajay from Pune, India

Another lovely poem and beautifut shot. It's amazing how those rocks look so neat an polished.

30 Jan 2009 11:54am

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

I love this photo - almost as much as yesterday's. Beautiful!

30 Jan 2009 11:57am

Marcah from United States

Beautiful. The framing is superb.

30 Jan 2009 12:22pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Great picture!!!Lovely colors!

30 Jan 2009 12:58pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

The colours are just stunning, Jack. I love the frame within a frame...sheer beauty. Nice quote, Mr. Updike will be missed.

30 Jan 2009 1:16pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Impressive capture. Excellent composition allowing view through the arch to other rock formations.
The color of the earth with the greenery is spectacular.
Nice quote from J. Updike.

30 Jan 2009 1:52pm

Mary from PA, United States

Excellent!! Love the frame within the frame. Such lovely light on the foreground grasses and into the photo.

30 Jan 2009 2:10pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

This is the most spectacular one yet. Excellent color.

30 Jan 2009 2:11pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from United Kingdom

This is quite simply, awesome, Jack! Beautifully framed and immensely spectacular. Full marks

30 Jan 2009 2:29pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


30 Jan 2009 2:30pm

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States

Excellent framing! Beautiful colors!!!

30 Jan 2009 2:30pm

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful orange tones, I love this!

30 Jan 2009 3:08pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

I like this one even more. So much depth and clarity. The colours are rich and alive. Excellent natural contrasts as well. bravo.

30 Jan 2009 3:09pm

@Diane Schuller: This is not only my favorite Arch, it is my favorite Arches photograph.

Manuel from Spain

Very nice composition and well capture. The contrast of colors enhance the image. Five stars

30 Jan 2009 4:08pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That is a real beauty that I hadn't heard of before. It's reason enough to plan another trip to Arches NP. Super photo with beautiful light.

30 Jan 2009 4:26pm

Julian Kilsby from Birmingham, United Kingdom

Wonderful colour, great shot.

30 Jan 2009 4:57pm

Jean-François from LES ISSAMBRES, France

GEANT !!!!!!!!!!!!!! c'est sublime .....

30 Jan 2009 5:02pm

zahai from Berlin, Germany

Wow, that one's a beauty. Stones after stones after stones... love the colors and the frame created by the arch, opening the view in the landscape behind. Well done :)

30 Jan 2009 5:23pm

john4jack from Corvallis, United States

Thank you; I have not seen a view like this anywhere else in the park.

30 Jan 2009 5:57pm

NarB from Bruxelles, Belgium

Spectacular with a perfect framing.

30 Jan 2009 6:20pm

Cricket from Huntsville, United States

Oh my goodness. Look at the massive size of this picture. I mean you captured the big, the little and the small. This is truly a wonderful spot for a picture.


30 Jan 2009 7:17pm

@Cricket: I could stay there for hours, Tammy; truly a holy place!

Jen from United States

That's funny. We did Pine Tree arch at sunrise too. Not the best angle for the actual sunrise, but the light was beautiful. I love your shot! I love the way you used the arch to frame the surroundings. Simply beautiful, yet again!

30 Jan 2009 8:08pm

Jose Antonio from Barcelona, Spain

Guauuuu... Una foto impresionante de nitidez y colores increibles. Un lugar precioso. Siento una envidia inmensa por no poder estar allí. Gracias por tu visita y comentario.

30 Jan 2009 9:43pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Wow - really great light and color! This is a place I need to go to!

31 Jan 2009 1:55am

@PD: You will not regret it!!

JJ from Jersey City, United States

all i can say is wow, perfect, Spectacular, wow WOW WOW

31 Jan 2009 2:51am

@JJ: Thanks, JJ.

Rémi Côté from Saguenay, Canada

Simply spectacular!

framing is judicious.

31 Jan 2009 4:35am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

oh this is brilliant! excellent composition and i like the natural frame! you achieved superb light to bring out every single detail and texture and DOF and sharpness are very good as i look through the main arch towards the rocks further in the distance...

31 Jan 2009 7:34am

star_cosmos_bleu/marcel lemieux from Canada

Good eye...lovely capture..nice lead in..and peek through..many scenes in one..great shot..this is very beautiful..superb colors

1 Feb 2009 10:26am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Extra.. le cadrage, les couleurs... bravo

2 Feb 2009 8:02pm

baobab from Cambridge, United States

I really like this shot: the textures, the framing, the depth of the view, and the red and green tones balancing one another.

fwiw, death is no bad thing :-)

5 Feb 2009 5:14pm

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Fabulous nature sculptures and the framing is beautiful!

12 Feb 2009 2:58pm

@Monique: Thank you. This is far and away my favorite arch in the park, and this shot taken in 2007 is my best capture. We were back with kids and granddaughter in March 2008; I took tons of photographs of Pine Tree Arch but none that I like as much as this one.