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Weathering Heights
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Caravela


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Challenge: A Single Tree II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Twistleton Scar End, Ingleborough, Yorkshire Dales
Date: Jan 24, 2009
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 50
Shutter: 0.5
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2009

Wind withered tree in limestone fields on Twistleton Scar End, Yorkshire Dales, England.

Inspired by Falc's 'Clints and Grykes' entry in the first challenge
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The title Weathering Heights is a play on words from the famous book 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontė. The novel is named after the Yorkshire manor on the moors on which the story centres (wuthering is a Yorkshire word referring to turbulent weather).

The windswept tree is a common site around these parts due to their unsheltered location and exposure to the often harsh environment so common on these moors, particularly in winter! The limestone rock doesn't escape either, as you can clearly see the effects of the chemical process known as carbonation, resulting in the distinctive appearence of limestone known as clints and grykes. These are formed when rainwater flowing over an impermeable surface on reaching (permeable) limestone, dissolves the joints into grooves called grykes, leaving blocks or clumps of limestone in between called clints!

I'm sure there are experts out there that may dissagree with me on that, but that's about as much as I know on the subject anyway!!! :-)

Post-challenge:
Thank you to everyone who voted and left comments. I'm really pleased this did so well...and a blue to boot! Prior to voting I had been hoping for a top 5 (well...a ribbon of some sort if I'm brutally honest! :-), so this is a wonderful suprise!

p.s. A print of this is going to have pride of place over my bed as we're just about to have the bedroom re-decorated and have new furniture installed, and the colours will match it to a tee!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 209
Avg (all users): 7.3526
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 7.1529
Avg (non-participants): 7.5143
Views since voting: 12420
Views during voting: 427
Votes: 190
Comments: 70
Favorites: 50 (view)


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02/07/2009 07:49:33 PM
I pretty much friggin hate you, in the total cool sense, of course. This is a very nice photo. I like the tree. um, yeah. But basically, it is such a nicely composed shot. I am truly happy for you that you were able to take this photo. I hope you enjoy it and continue to share it with the world!
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02/05/2009 12:28:00 PM
Amazing!
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02/05/2009 10:23:50 AM
Amazing image! Congrats on a much deserved blue.
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02/04/2009 06:02:36 PM
Lovely lovely photo, really well done on your first place Cal
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02/04/2009 03:15:52 PM
um, wow! that's flipping amazing. i Really really want this as my computer desktop wallpaper at work. If you emailed me a big version of it i would absolutely love you to death desert_shadow72@yahoo.com - if you don't want to i understand
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02/04/2009 12:51:55 PM
Splendidly presented Paulo. Congrats!
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02/04/2009 12:28:47 PM
A very powerful and beautiful image! Great job!
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02/04/2009 07:57:05 AM
Hey Paulo, congrats on the blue, very well deserved, and thanks for the note, that was appreciated. I've been meaning to get up to Twistleton, now I have to get up there ;-)

Great work.

Message edited by author 2009-02-04 07:57:43.
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02/04/2009 03:02:21 AM
Somehow i really feel that a 1:2 crop will give the tree more prominence. Nevertheless, what a great shot! the colours and contrast bring out the dramatic clouds and textured rocks so much more. EXCELLENT!
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02/03/2009 11:33:07 PM
i love this photo - great play on words in the title as well
:)
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02/03/2009 10:18:15 PM
Beautiful photo
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02/03/2009 07:49:11 PM
This is a really pretty picture. Good Job!
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02/03/2009 01:30:09 PM
Awesome photo, congrats on the ribbon.
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02/03/2009 04:29:03 AM
Fantastic photo, I love the dramatic processing and wonderful light. A well deserved blue.
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02/02/2009 10:18:25 PM
I forgot to comment on this very dramatic shot, sorry. Congrats on your blue.
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02/02/2009 09:48:24 PM
Lovely shot, congrats on the blue, lucky you having such amazing scenery to work with...you didn't even have to go to Iceland! :-)
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02/02/2009 08:41:28 PM
Fantastic image. Congratulations on the blue. I envisioned that something like this would win, before the challenge!
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02/02/2009 07:46:48 PM
Congratulations! Fantastic view!
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02/02/2009 03:54:21 PM
Excellent photo. It is obvious that you took care in scouting out the perfect subject, location, perspective, time of day, etc., etc. to come up with a winner. It's all about attention to detail. Well done.
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02/02/2009 12:32:52 PM
Won by miles, congrats
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02/02/2009 12:06:44 PM
Amazing picture you took there! Reminds me of the Lord of the Rings
Fantastic.
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02/02/2009 11:30:26 AM
Fantastic picture, congrats on a well deserved blue ribbon!
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02/02/2009 10:21:32 AM
this photo is amazing! it reminds me of the Led Zeppelin song "Over the hills and far away"
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02/02/2009 09:40:51 AM
Spectacular vista. Congrats!!
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02/02/2009 09:07:32 AM
Awesome capture. Congrats on the Blue Ribbon.
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02/02/2009 09:06:08 AM
paulo, beatiful image. I just love the tones in this one. lovely use of the foreground to add interest and texture to the shot. wonderful light, too! congrats on the blue ribbon!
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02/02/2009 08:43:17 AM
Congrats! Lovely picture!
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02/02/2009 07:42:42 AM
This was wonderfully well done - I hope you enjoy your print for years and years.
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02/02/2009 07:25:27 AM
brilliant shot. spotted this as BLUE as soon as I saw it. congrats
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02/02/2009 07:13:19 AM
wonderful work..congrats!
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02/02/2009 05:48:19 AM
A truely spectacular piece of landscape....I am a Bronte fan, so you had me with the title anyway. Congrats on the Blue, and I enjoyed reading your 'about'.
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02/02/2009 04:53:42 AM
Beautiful light and composition. Parabéns Paulo :)
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02/02/2009 04:43:09 AM
Congratulations on the blue ribbon for your gorgeous image. I love the light and the windswept form of the tree.
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02/02/2009 04:26:50 AM
yese, a very well deserved blue ribbon here. I like everything in this photograph, compliments.
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02/02/2009 03:24:47 AM
An all-encompassing majestic view, photographed and processed beautifully. Congratulations on a very well deserved blue ribbon! And I really appreciate the explanation included here as well.
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02/02/2009 03:05:47 AM
Congrats on your absolutely deserved blue, great shot!
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02/02/2009 01:56:39 AM
Wow I am glad I didnt enter
This is a very high standard
Copngratulations on your Ribbon
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02/02/2009 01:47:27 AM
excellent!
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02/02/2009 01:16:42 AM
big congrats for this well deserved blue and this fantastic image!
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02/02/2009 12:48:11 AM
Stunning image. Huge congrats on your Blue, Paulo.
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02/02/2009 12:39:12 AM
Congrats, this was my favourite. Glad to see you get top ribbon.
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02/02/2009 12:18:41 AM
Well deserved first place. Congratulations!!
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02/02/2009 12:16:38 AM
Well deserved first place, in such a mundane challenge you managed to pull of an exceptionally good shot!
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02/02/2009 12:10:17 AM
I had a hunch this would win. Congratulations!
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02/02/2009 12:05:54 AM
WOW, that's all I can think to say. Oh yes, and congratulations.

Mac,
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/01/2009 11:35:50 PM
It's such an interesting shot that I will forgive you the groan-inducing pun of a title. The juxtaposition of the deeply fissured rocks with the softer bucolic mid-ground is very good, and of course the tree is reduced to an uncertain limpet here. 7.
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02/01/2009 09:50:19 PM
The light and texture on the rocks is excellent. Love the mood that the leaning tree creates.
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02/01/2009 05:41:28 PM
Blue
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02/01/2009 02:07:11 PM
not quite sure, but the horizon looks tilted. other than that a great shot, I like the large portion of foreground included here as well as the color treatment.
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02/01/2009 05:57:38 AM
wonderful image
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01/31/2009 06:22:13 PM
I'm blown away by this - it's gorgeous!
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01/31/2009 11:45:12 AM
Well, it's a 10 in my book. If no one else agrees with me you will at least have one 10.
:)
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01/30/2009 08:53:13 PM
Love this! Great perspective, dramatic lighting, and interesting juxtaposition of the desolation of rock and barren tree with the green rolling hills in the background. Very cool.
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01/30/2009 02:03:47 PM
Excellent use of foreground, and very well balanced in light/shado/composition. What I like best, though, is the angle of the poor tree - what a harsh environment, yet it's there. Great location - 'grats on making great use of it, too.
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01/28/2009 05:23:48 PM
Wonderful find. Well composed, and despite the deep DOF, nothing is flattened, the landscape speaks for itself.
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01/28/2009 04:43:20 AM
Very interesting capture of light and variety of the rocks compared too the rolling hills.
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01/28/2009 12:44:48 AM
Awesome shot. Looks like a winner to me!
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01/27/2009 02:57:00 PM
a 10. very good
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01/27/2009 12:08:25 PM
wow really great shot
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01/26/2009 08:46:22 PM
The light here is just wonderful
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01/26/2009 07:14:40 PM
I knew this one would have to be in there somewhere. (Could this be the most photographed tree in Britain?)I thought I'd seen it from just about every angle but you've produced yet another and IMO a really stunning image. I don't need to wish you luck - this has got front page stamped all over it.
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01/26/2009 04:56:09 PM
Desolate beauty -the eye is carried so nicely into that sunset-Awesome image.
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01/26/2009 01:57:03 PM
wow. this is so far my favorite image in the challenge. those rocks are just beatuiful, the landscape is so beautiful. the windswept appearence of the tree adds a desolate look to the photo. looks like scotland to me, of course i've never been there(sob) so what do i know?-9
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01/26/2009 11:36:24 AM
Well done!
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01/26/2009 11:08:11 AM
This is such a great shot! 10
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01/26/2009 09:46:38 AM
Clints and grykes too.
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01/26/2009 09:17:03 AM
Love the texture of the rocks. WOW - what a vista. This is beautiful. 8
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01/26/2009 08:04:46 AM
well done
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01/26/2009 04:53:08 AM
My favorite in this challenge so far. Very nice and so many interesting elements!
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01/26/2009 04:02:57 AM
that is sooo out of this world!....amazin shot!.....good job!......beautiful hues & composition....with just the right brigtness.....
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