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Copyright: Ju Ha (Judy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 159 W: 95 N: 154] (531)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-23
Categories: Nature
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Photo Collage [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-05-24 16:23
Viewed: 5320
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is taken around Kaapschoop in the timber forests that surround the place. They look so beautiful when the trees are up - great green canopies, a place where the beekeepers can put their hives and cultivate honey (although they pose a fire threat!). I hate it when they cut the trees though - everything looks so barren, and all you see are piles of once thriving trees all neatly stacked and ready to make paper! It takes about 10 years for the land to recover when it is reclaimed. Most of these places were once natural grasslands where special herbs could be harvested for medicinal purposes. There is a photo in here (centre right), where you can see the remnants of a devastating fire that swept through the place not so long ago. The trees are useless for making wood, and the damage amounts to millions of Rands. The mountain on top looked scarred and naked. And then there were forests that still remained with trees, not to mention the wild horses that still roam through them...

Tech: Cropped a number of shots and created a simple combination. Hope you like it.

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This is a very interesting collage. It takes more than 50 years for trees to grow back here . I will try a collage as soon as soon as I can master it.great job !

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  • Piotr Gold Star Critiquer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-05-24 20:14]

Interesting colage, with very important visual message for all people, well done Judy!

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  • manny Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 502 W: 24 N: 1499] (12033)
  • [2004-05-24 20:22]

Thanks for this pic. This evokes a sense of urgency on my part. Good compilation of pictures. My favorite? the bottom most. Crop it tighter... it can stand on its own.

Interesting Collage. Certainly tells a grim story. I wouldn't touch the bottom picture as it shows the results of the top one and tells the story! Have you got a picture of a new forest with seedling trees? I would have put something like that in place of the log picture in the centre just to balance out the good with the not so good. I like this a lot though.

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  • zto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 916 W: 122 N: 24] (14)
  • [2004-05-25 4:52]

I know the feeling Judy. Bare land, where there used to be a forest is a sad sight. This makes me remeber a time, when i as a kid, helped plant a new forest after an occaction like this. We raised the money for the small trees as a project in school and planted them, 1 meter a part in every direction so there roots could have space to grow. I wonder how tall the trees are today? Must bee full grown by now. I like this esambly Judy. All of them are nice pictures.

I agree with all members. This photo is very sad and a very important visual message for all people. Well done.

Very good and poignant collage, Judy. Definitely a bit on the grim side, but that's what together with your note generates the impact. Each of the photos is nice in its own right. The upper right one, with most or all of the sky cropped, could make a striking graphical shot with an abstract feel, and the bottom one - the most remarkable in contrast and detail - could be turned into a "log panorama". Very good work!

Living in a country mostly covered by woods, I recognize myself in your pictures, Judy. And I think you've managed to make a nice collage of them; they tell your story. Renewal of the forest is vital, but when large areas are cut down by machine or fire, the immediate effect is conspicuous. But well done (and this usually happens if the economy benefits) the aesthetic and national economic values are increased. I think this is happening in Sweden today. You did a very nice job, only missing (as Don suggests) a shot of a young forest.

This is a very good doumentary work, but also a puzzle of nice pictures, Judy. Your note is good, and in total - Excellnt job.

You was taken a very nice picture and i can say we have the same problem in Québec, no tree is no life.We hope the deforestation will be stop tomorrow.

Yes a good collage, Are they doing sustainable forestry? or will it all go barren and move on until after 10 years they come back?

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