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    Whitebark pine grows at treeline on mountains in the American west and survives heavy snow loads and high winter winds by growing bowed over in matts low to the ground. It is endangered, and ironically it is only after it has died and shed its needles, that the stark beauty and grace of its sinuous twisting limbs is revealed. This photo was taken on the north side of Mt. Hood against a backdrop of hills bathed in smoke from the many fires burning across Oregon.
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 33
    Lighting 27
    Creativity 23
    Story 18

    I particularly like the foreground to background depth of this picture, the juxtaposition of the old pine against the smoke-covered mountain ridges, the repetition of shapes from front to back.

    Dennis Dimick
    National Geographic Executive Editor, Environment
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Jul 25, 2014
    Date Uploaded: Aug 7, 2014
    Camera: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-M1
    Focal Length: 32 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec
    Aperture: f/5.6
    ISO: 200
    Copyright: © Paul C Glasser
    Categories: Adventure, Landscapes, Nature
    Assignments: Show Me Your Wilderness