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What do you see?
Look at this image carefully.  What do you see?  (If you need a hint, click the link under the image - or click the image to see it larger on my website.)

 Oak Creek, Cascade Range, Washington state

©Ed Book

What did you see?

Did you answer that you saw a rough crumbly rock wall filling the majority of the frame and in the background a sagebrush slope and in the background a bull elk and in front of the bull elk an elk cow?  Or did you search around the image looking for something hidden?  If you did, you probably quit searching when you saw the bull elk.  But, if you kept searching, did you stop at the elk cow or did you continue on to see the...?   

Surprisingly often, when out and about while standing at my camera on tripod, if someone happens along, they stop and look to where the camera is aimed and ask what I'm photographing.  I might say something about how I like how the lines in the hills repeat or how I like how the light is doing this or that and they walk away mumbling something about how they thought I saw a deer or bear or such... some folks need to have something, some animal-dot in the image to be worth making an image (or for them, snapping a picture).

In the case of this particular image, I was photographing a herd of elk in the foreground and the rock wall caught my attention because of the texture in the afternoon light.  It wasn't anything I would normally photograph but decided to make a capture in case I needed a documentary image of how columnar structures of ancient lava flows shatter and break down (or something like that).  As I was zooming in to compose the image, motion on the slope beyond caught my eye and I followed and decided to include the counterpoint bull and cow.  


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edbook From: edbook Date: December 5th, 2011 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I only saw the elk because it was moving... any movement in a static scene is like seeing the lights on an airplane moving across a star-filled sky... If you are out and about and want to see if there is something out there in the distance, it's best to look and try not to focus because when looking out of focus you are more likely to detect motion than if you're trying to focus. The opposite with hearing, If you cup your hands at your ears, you can make hearing directional and can focus on sounds that are masked by background noise and the chorus in your head. (In my case, bees.)

edbook From: edbook Date: December 5th, 2011 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)


did you see the pheasant, marmot, pika, rattlesnake, deermouse and crow? I didn't either. But, I did see some designs in the rock that I won't mention...

yurtmeister From: yurtmeister Date: December 6th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)


[...Sure, kid...]
kareina From: kareina Date: December 5th, 2011 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
My first answer was "looks kind of like Columbia River Flood basalt to me; nice jointing, probably only one flow in the main outcrop, no visible faults or folds. Oh, and a critter in the background, for scale, too.
edbook From: edbook Date: December 5th, 2011 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)
just across the valley behind me a few hundred yards:

no elk in this image.

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edbook From: edbook Date: December 5th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
what freaks me out is the climber scaling the rock. (having fallen myself doing so many years ago-I was lucky though that the rock at the bottom stopped my rapid descent, albeit abruptly.)

edbook From: edbook Date: December 5th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
opps,I was going to add that I thought LJ was giving these tokens as a way to keep LJers who post and have comments keeping on LJ instead of abandoning for some other social outlet.

kareina From: kareina Date: December 5th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, nice! Thanks for sharing. I am guessing I had the rock unit correct, then...
edbook From: edbook Date: December 5th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
yes, this is on the western side of the flow exposed by the Tieton River flowing down from the Cascade Range.

ravenfeather From: ravenfeather Date: December 5th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Saw the elk first thing, then a LOT of interesting characters in the rocks.
edbook From: edbook Date: December 5th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
in the image, I saw the elk right away (I had forgotten that I saw included them when I composed the image and seeing the image recently was wondering why I made it. - I didn't see the cow elk though till afterward.


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edbook From: edbook Date: December 5th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
not sure what tokens are good for but evidently with this (new?) "LJ like" system, if you add the "like" buttons to a post and someone clicks, you get ten tokens to use for additional services,

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