|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Reposted June 8, '09: I have made big improvements to my scanner and postprocessing techniques and feel that this is a much better version than my original post.|
Gambel oaks are not always shrubby. They can also be relatively tall and tree-like, especially in areas of abundant ground water such as occur in places along the base of the Henry Mountains and other laccolithic mountain ranges of southern Utah. Here a thicket of Gambel oaks clustered about a spring takes on the appearance of stained glass in the leaf-filtered light of late afternoon.
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Super detail, the large format really shows here,love the trees and the foreground detail, gorgeous.
Don, this image deserves more note than it has had up to now. The textures are strong, the colors vibrant. I like the lighting in the background and the way the trees mesh and arch. I like the vertical composition, the relatively low shooting angle. In some sense, it reminds of a cathedral in the rough or -- perhaps better put, a cathedral in the wild.