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Life in Fossil Country

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 3 November 2009 in Landscape & Rural.

Not sure that I would want to live here. It is every bit as bleak as this photograph. This photograph is included in the series solely for story-telling purposes.

SNOW LEOPARD - I finally decided to take the risk and install Snow Leopard. I had a few problems printing from Lightroom. But that seems to be worked out and all else seems to be working well.

FIONA is spending Monday afternoon and night with us. Talk about high energy!!

NIKON D700 1/200 second F/7.1 ISO 400 85 mm (35mm equiv.)

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

Wow its quite incredible!!! Not sure I would want to live there either. Great shot!

3 Nov 2009 5:35am

@Linerberry: One would have to be Silly to live there; right??

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

Looks a bit desert like

3 Nov 2009 5:39am

@jamesy: You got it!

PATRICK from miramas, France

very impressive capture

3 Nov 2009 6:33am

@PATRICK: Merci.

Yvon from Orleans, France

terrefic landscape, nice colors

3 Nov 2009 6:33am

@Yvon: Merci.

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

The Oregon that most haven't experienced. I'm still having problems getting a high quality print from Lightroom in 10.6 on the 3800. The was a detailed discussion on Luminous-Landscape today re: CS4 problems. I suspect the hand off to the driver from Lightroom is likewise in sRGB while Epson printers are in Adobe RGB. Further investigation underway, Apple ColorSync in 10.6 seems to be the culprit.

3 Nov 2009 6:47am

@ordinaryimages: The western and eastern sides of the mountains in Washington, Oregon and California is dramatic. On my HP B9180, the HP profiles seem to be working ok. However the Red River Profiles for the B9180 look blah. There definitely was both an HP and an Epson software update when I installed 10.6; you could clearly see it on the screen. On the B9180 when you have the printer manage the color, you set it in the dialog box for either sRGB or Adobe RGB.

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

I like the over-exposed tones it has...seems fitting for the landscape.

3 Nov 2009 6:56am

@Dulcie: Actually the histogram does not go all the way to the right, and when you turn on the clipping button, nothing shows up. In other words, the land is that stark.

Sriram from Chennai, India

Beautifully captured the landscape colors.. good shot!

3 Nov 2009 7:13am

@Sriram: Thank you.

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

This is beautiful!! The first thought that came to my mind was: The Wild West - a cattle range owned by a cowboy :)

3 Nov 2009 7:23am

@Anina: Exactly.

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Wow this is a bleak place's the sort of place I'd love for a vacation but for ever??? not so sure! A great shot though of some lovely scenery.

3 Nov 2009 7:47am

@MrsAmber: Thanks, Kate. It's not even my kind of photograph, but I thought that people might want to see what that part of Oregon looks like. It's not all the lush Pacific Northwest.

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Very lovely shot!

3 Nov 2009 7:49am

@Nazzareno: Thank you.

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Very interesting place..

3 Nov 2009 9:32am

@Sarito: "Interesting" is about it.

Lyl and Roll from Besançon, France

What a dry place... Nice picture Jack !

3 Nov 2009 9:48am

@Lyl and Roll: Dry, dry, dry.

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Looks like a difficult place to carve out a home.

3 Nov 2009 10:14am

@Michael Rawluk: Very difficult.

k@ from Paris, France

What an amazing set, Jack ! Love the blonde & green tones and the weird mixed feeling : attractive because rare but maybe solitude lives here too ? And yet, i love this... and the compo ~ 

3 Nov 2009 10:22am

@k@: Merci. The solitude is overwhelming.

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Looks like a scene from The Hills Have Eyes.

3 Nov 2009 10:52am

@Nicholas: Indeed.

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

It's a beautiful scene, excellent composition. I think I would really miss our greenery is I lived there.

3 Nov 2009 11:23am

@Betty: Gotta have green.

Irene from France

What interesting view !

3 Nov 2009 11:32am

@Irene: That's about it.

LCImagery from Oregon, United States

I think I prefer our greenery on the west side of our state. However this is a wonderful composition.

3 Nov 2009 11:58am

@LCImagery: Thanks, Lori. I would dry up and blow away over there.

Ninni from Sweden

Fantastic composition and colours!

3 Nov 2009 12:30pm

@Ninni: Thank you.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wonderful composition in this shot . Strange, very strange life looks there . I would love to live there only a week in a year ! ( when get pissed off and want to escape from everything and everyone ;))

3 Nov 2009 12:47pm

@MARIANA: That territory handles escape very well.

stella from Drossia, Greece

Great landscape picture!

3 Nov 2009 12:50pm

@stella: Thank you.

elena from Drossia, Greece

Very nice picture

3 Nov 2009 12:56pm

@elena: Thank you.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I can only dream of this kind of silence,
i love this image Jack

3 Nov 2009 1:03pm

@Lorraine: Merci, Lorraine. The silence is deafening.

Mhélène from Paris, France

Great and amazing landscape !

3 Nov 2009 1:22pm

@Mhélène: Different for sure.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

A great capture of this pale landscape, but silly me will pass on the location ... simply too remote!

3 Nov 2009 1:33pm

@Judy: It's not the remoteness that gets to me; it's the dryness, and the barrenness.

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I love this Jack! It tells a great story! Life here must mimic the land, though- it looks hard, dry and desolate.

3 Nov 2009 1:38pm

@Tracy: I think that you got it!

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

A very cool and beautiful shot Jack. I'm especially drawn to the random and sparse scattering of trees along the hills.

3 Nov 2009 1:47pm

@bluechameleon: Thanks, Sharon. It is good for me to realize that many people find beauty in places like this.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I guess the nearest neighbour is two days ride away.

3 Nov 2009 2:32pm

@Curly: For sure, you don't walk over next door for eggs and sugar.

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

Not sure I'd be able to live there either, but it looks like a fantastic place to visit :) Excellent shot!

3 Nov 2009 2:52pm

@bekkah: Thanks, Bekkah. It makes me appreciate even more where I do live.

Jean Jacques from France

Il faut aimer la solitude!
Bonjour de France,

3 Nov 2009 3:11pm

@Jean Jacques: Oui!!

Macrobaby from Vancouver, Canada

Love the color of the trees against the dusty color of the landscape. Got to be one muddy mess when it does rain. :)

3 Nov 2009 3:39pm

@Macrobaby: Probably.

don from spokane, United States

This is a very appealing landscape with the sparsely spaced trees. It has a nice "dry" look to this little place. Fine image.

3 Nov 2009 3:54pm

@don: You folks on the east side can appreciate this kind of scene!!

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Like these touches of vegetation and the presence of the wooden houses in this wild & desolate landscape.

3 Nov 2009 4:12pm

@Evelyne Dubos: Merci.

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Great! It looks like a model. Beautiful landscape.

3 Nov 2009 4:21pm

@Luca Bobbiesi: Thank you.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Quite a vast panoramic view that you have captured here! The homes and trees almost look like miniature models. Just think how peaceful and quiet it would be without the noisy neighbors. Just think of the sand castles you could build here!

3 Nov 2009 4:33pm

@Steven: Thanks for the positive slant on this place.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That ranch looks like a good place who don't like neighbors too close. Nice shot.

3 Nov 2009 4:58pm

@Steve Rice: Absolutely. Thanks.

Cricket-TammyWarren from somewhere, United States

This is a change of scenery. I haven't traveled much in this area. I always find it very peaceful with these settings. Magnificent capture.

3 Nov 2009 4:58pm

@Cricket-TammyWarren: Thanks.

MJ from Delaware, United States

great shot of a really barren area... out in the middle of no where... so this is where the kids go... when you ask them the question where were you???? they say nowhere

3 Nov 2009 5:28pm

@MJ: Far be it for me to try to figure out the kids!!

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

It looks lonely living there, but it is a great picture!

3 Nov 2009 6:14pm

@Yvonne Simons: Merci. It certainly would be lonely for me. It is the barren landscape that I would find to be the most difficult.

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Incroyable endroit, tout parait sec à part quelques arbres qui survivent! Très belle image!

3 Nov 2009 6:35pm

@mo.langel: Very desolate.

Marieastro from France

Very beautiful landscape ! And nice photograph ;-)

3 Nov 2009 8:39pm

@Marieastro: Thank you.

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Absolutely barren and bleak!

3 Nov 2009 9:06pm

@Craig: Yep!

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

it is almost desert, a place where the wind is howling, it's sad and white light makes it even more enigmatic image that freezes. What a great job, Jack, still love this place, just be there and be afraid and have the pleasure to go away quickly to escape this particular light.

3 Nov 2009 10:44pm

@Alivia: Dane, The light is exactly the way that it was. The histogram does not go all the way to the right side. I purposely did not artificially warm it up. I wanted people to see this country the way that it is.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Bleak it is. Had no idea something like that was in Oregon.

4 Nov 2009 12:29am

@B. Thomas: On the West Coast, the country east of the mountains (Cascades and Sierra) tends to be bleak.

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

A desertic place. They must have found water to be able to live there.

4 Nov 2009 1:09am

@akarui: There is a creek, but not much water.

Ajay from Pune, India

It's beauty is so mixed with it's roughness. It is difficult to decide if one would like to live here or not.

4 Nov 2009 1:12am

@Ajay: Not me.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

It's an extraordinary shot!!! I would hope it's here due to superb quality!!!

4 Nov 2009 1:13am

@Susan: As far as I am concerned, it is here simply to tell the story of our trip.

Anastasiya from Kiev, Ukraine

wow! what a wonderful image!

4 Nov 2009 3:04am

@Anastasiya: Thank you.

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Very nice work on this and the hill colors are what we have in central California all summer long - except oaks instead of pine trees. I like the placement of the small buildlings in the image and the rolling hills going upward!

4 Nov 2009 4:02am

@Scott F. Schilling: Thanks, Scott.

willow from Chelsea, United States

Kind of makes you think about how small and insignificant we really are - a grand sense of scale.

4 Nov 2009 4:32am

@willow: Neat insight.

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

A very picturesque setting and beautifully captured.

4 Nov 2009 8:00am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

I´m sure for some this would be the perfect spot to spend life - not me ;) But an amazing sight and somehow refreshing by the loneliness and emptsness - beautiful pale colours.

4 Nov 2009 1:05pm

@daniela scharnowski: It's not my cup of tea either. If it had not been for the photo guild's trip, I wouldn't have been there.

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

an excellent composition and a beautiful shot Jack! i love that foot path / road that cuts a diagonal through the upper left corner! lovely!

4 Nov 2009 4:05pm

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks, dj.

`Paul from Minneapolis, United States

gorgeous shot.. the scene never ends - my eye rolls around in this photo through every path, treeline, and hillside. . .great work.

4 Nov 2009 6:47pm

@`Paul: Thanks, Paul.

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

incredible nude landscape ! nice shot

8 Nov 2009 9:32pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


9 Nov 2009 7:59am

starCosmosBleu from bedford.Qc, Canada

An area for a western clip or gold something..isolate,bare...but it has its beauty...p.s. i,m on snow leopard on my take adapting to ,but it works great....

9 Nov 2009 9:31am

@starCosmosBleu: I agree with you assessment of that area. I installed Snow Leopard a little over a week ago and am delighted with it.