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River of Hope

River of Hope
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Copyright: John McLaird (jmcl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 4 N: 204] (656)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-07-28
Categories: Nature, Friends/Family
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/4 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-06 15:59
Viewed: 1784
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
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River of Hope

East Inlet Trail (Adams Falls Trail)
Rocky Mountain National Park
Grand Lake, Colorado

For it's the river of hope, from the pool of tears
It's the river of hope, it's the river we lost for years
~ Stuart Adamson (1958-2001)

How we are growing older..

But it is still simple joy to shed our shoes and sit with bare feet by the cold water of a mountain stream .. to find joy in the texture of the mud in our hands and out toes .. A cool forest sanctuary as time flows by us unaware.

This has been Andrew’s lesson to me .. This is what is important. Not the rat race .. not money .. not self importance and ego .. not possessions .. not accomplishment and failure .. the simple happiness of the peace by the forest stream. Hope is reborn and transformed through a realization of what life is truly about.

Kilted-Arab, Werewolf, Silke, Simina, jpdeloof, kbeall, glint has marked this note useful
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To Kilted-Arab: funny you should mention that ..jmcl 1 09-06 17:29
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Hi John - a very touching picture and note. The way you have managed to catch your son against the flow of the stream is very good indeed and I love the work you have done on the tones/colour. Maybe it is a little dark and perhaps a crop from the left would work, but I like this very much.

And you are a Big Country fan...?

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2007-09-06 18:52]

Hi John,
another great post! Also for us to learn more about Andrew's lessons... I see it in your words we all need to SLOW down.. thanks for that!


For me the scene give an impression of back to the nature... Even back to our roots! Mud... Water... Forest.... And the comfort of it! The 1/4 of expo was great for the water finish! Movement seem natural!

An other result it works also very good.
The motion of the water it is here written gives an interesting effect.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-09-07 9:02]

I love the texture here, John. Interesting how you have made the river so bright and kept your son just a little more dark.
Cool stuff once again

Belle image de noir et blanc. La vitesse est super puisque l'eau semble comme de la soie.J'aime cette image John, be sure and i appreciate your comments and visit to my last picture,Your critics are stong.. Merci je vais surveiller your account ,Salutations.. Réal.

Hi John,
Very interesting photo. I like the result (black & white picture) and the name of this photo.
Never despair.
All the best,

Touching and fascinating



hello John
le chois pour la vitesse est bien choisi, elle est dynamique, vivante, c'est ainsi que j'aime voir l'eau courante. Le personnage bien mis en valeur semble lui insuffler sa force.
Excellente photo.


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  • kbeall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
  • [2007-10-22 17:03]

Hello John,
Well said, and well presented . . .

Hi John,

Lovley posting, the motion of water is eyecatching. Well done and TFS


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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-01-10 11:57]

hello John, there is something elemental about this scene.
I hope the New Year will be kind to you and yours

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