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Uploaded: 11/20/21 1:48 PM GMT
A Mottled Landscape
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While this image is not as sharply defined as I would like, taken a dozen years ago with a 6mp DSLR, but its unique character is what compels me to present it here. By early March in North Dakota, the occasional warm day often reduces sweeping snow banks to mere patches; bare earth is wet and dry, here and there; and shallow bodies of water melt in spots, creating large *bubbles* just below brittle and thin sheets of ice. In a rural setting, with no straight lines to be seen, the landscape takes on an extremely mottled character, so much so that it takes a bit of study to determine what is what. But that is March, after all: a transition period between seasons and weather patterns. What we see here is a western view of a turn in the Little Missouri River, taken from a ridge on the far west edge of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

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::tigger3
11/20/21 11:50 PM GMT
It really does have a mottled feel to it, and I really like the composition. tigs=^..^=
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::Flmngseabass
11/21/21 1:02 AM GMT
Oh my, this is awesome Nik!! I really like the patterns and the mottled look you mention here. SO pretty. Btw, did you get to walk on the Maah Daah Hey Trail while there?
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::corngrowth
11/21/21 9:46 AM GMT
'Nik' this capture maybe an 'oldie', but it's still a 'cool' one (meant both literally and figuratively, 😁 ).
I agree with Bruce that it's an awesome sight. An amazing composition/capture, the more when is taken into a account that it's taken with a DSLR with a photo chip of only 6mp. To me it say more about the photographic skills of the photographer rather than the quality of the used DSLR.
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::ro_and
11/21/21 3:56 PM GMT
beautiful landscape, i'd love to be there, very well captured ... i do not really like the black frame ... Ro
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::Nikoneer
11/21/21 4:47 PM GMT
Good to know, Roland. This image was first set up a number of years ago when heavy black frames were popular here, to create a strong contrast to make the photo details pop. The North Dakota badlands is the kind of place that goes through stunning visual changes throughout the seasons.

-nik
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