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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Thematic Photographic 42 - Drab

Big Horn Sheep, Columbia River Gorge, March 24, 2009



Carmi's thematic quest this week is Drab. His first post on the subject was a photograph taken as he traveled into Toronto's downtown for a presentation.

My above photo was shot while traveling, too.

However, we were being blown east by a blustery storm towards home. Our 6 hour journey takes us up the Columbia River Gorge as it cuts through the Cascade Mountains.
We'd had a fun (but c-c-c-cold) spring break trip to the Oregon Coast. (So difficult to say goodbye to daughters and grand children!)

Green has just begun to appear beneath the drab winter browns and grays of the steep and jagged landscape. Enough so that it was easier to spot the drab and shedding coats of the Big Horned Sheep high up on the slope.

WR pulled the car into a wide space - I hopped out, toting my trusty little canon power shot with the digital zoom. I had no idea that the result would be the perfect photo for this week's theme over at Written Inc.

Post your own interpretation of Drab, and leave a message in his comment section.


25 comments:

LadyStyx said...

Nice pic. Been looking for a new camera myself and the Canon powershots have been ones I've been keepin my eye on...

wendy said...

Wow .... super photo .. . I love the texture of those grasses on the mountains, and the difference of the feeling of the shaggy shedding coat.

I'll bet bigfoots pick that stuff up and knit scarves out of that fluff.

I especially like the description you wrote to go with it.

Hey ... I'm looking for a camera also ... what kind do you recommend Pamela?

Carla said...

Cold here too. Hardly feels like spring. Usually I have flowers up by now.

karisma said...

Not drab, beautiful!

Mojo said...

Just goes to show. Even the shot you think went nowhere can have a purpose.

And "drab" doesn't have to mean "uninteresting".

Gattina said...

Nice picture ! this sheep looks like a deer, that's what I thought first, lol ! It's good from time to time to make little breaks !

Jenni said...

This pic is worth clicking to enlarge so you can see the sheep better. I thought they were deer before reading the post, too, but those big horns are unmistakeable once you click on the photo.

What a great wildlife siting! Doesn't that just thrill you to see something like that?

Those little Canon Powershots are pretty good cameras, too. I've been sorting through photo files lately, and so many of my favorites were taken with my Powershot. I really like the diagonals created by the divisions between rocks, grass, and brush in this shot.

PEA said...

Oh yes, that picture turned out perfectly! I clicked on it to enlarge it and it's amazing to see the difference in the landscape, between rock and grass. Love seeing wild animals like that as well!! I have a Canon PowerShot camera as well and just love it:-) xoxo

Karmyn R said...

And the paper said they were removing the sheep. I think they lied to make people stop looking for them.

Carmi said...

I'm intrigued by the way the perception of color seems to change the longer I look at this picture (and what a stunning one it is!)

At first glance, I was struck by the way the colors seemed to trend toward the grey, how the overall scene seemed near-washed out and stark. But the more I absorbed the scene, the more I realized how the colors were there, just not jumping out.

Your choice of composition has turned it into a delightfully interactive process. You've proven that "drab" and "interesting" belong together. That was my hope for this week's theme: I didn't want folks to assume that drab was somehow less worthy than other themes. If anything, it's even more compelling. This pic proves it.

lisaschaos said...

It looks like you didn't really have a good day for photos but still, come on! Pretty cool!

Jennifer said...

If I had taken the shot, it would be drab AND blurry!!

g said...

Wonderfully drab. I love the texture and the up-hill-ness of it.

Wonderful winter dormant vegetation, and the deer....

Good drabness!

I also love your photo header! Great idea.

Stacey Huston said...

Great shot.. love the angle of the tallus slope...

Desert Songbird said...

Nice capture, Pamela.

BTW, my "Party" post follow up with answers to your question is up. Stop by.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Great photo, Pam!!

Oh, yes the corn does stick to my ribs. ;-)

Kathleen Marie said...

Those Big Horns are something! I always enjoy seeing them... Great photo!! Hugs!

foam said...

it's hard to think of all that great nature as being drab though .. :)

DesLily said...

wow.. super shot! which Canon Power Shot camera do you have?

Jettie said...

green..whats that..we have white still!! Lovely photo..wish I could see some green here..Spring has gone awry!!

Susie said...

I don't think I've ever seen a big horned sheep (other than a zoo)
Glad you had a fun trip to the coast, even if was chilly.
We're still in the 80's here. Very pretty weather!
xo

kitten said...

I have to agree with most; It's beautiful! As the saying goes; not everyone sees the same picture the same.

dawn said...

We always look for them as we head to the mountains. When we see them we call "mountain sheep", and "mountain goats" and then we see cows and call "mountain cows". The kids say "HaHa". They have no sense of humour.

We still have a blanket of snow here.

Anonymous said...

We traveled that same road that weekend. DH is always asking me if I see any goats. I never have but I guess it keeps me busy and not worried about the traffic. Lovely picture
Robin in Kelso,WA

inlandempiregirl said...

These are the times you are glad you had the camera handy. I have never seen these sheep in the Columbia Gorge. I hope you enjoyed your time off.