Picture of the Day - October 1, 2009
Nooksack River in the Cascades of Washington State
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The Nooksack River, like many in western Washington, flows from the
snow-capped peaks of the Cascades through lush forests on its way to
the sea. In many places, those forests are untouched, as wild and
primitive as they were before the first humans set foot here. The
moss that covers nearly everything, the tangle of fallen trees, and
the rich, earthy smell of decaying wood seems to imbue the very air
with a feeling of age, and stepping into this primeval forest is
like walking back in time.
This particular stretch of river, lined with moss-covered boulders
and trees, seems to flow from that past, passing only briefly
through our present on its timeless journey to the sea. There is a
solitude here, a sense of quiet, almost like being in a cathedral,
that makes a visitor feel small and humble. Aside from the murmur
and chuckle of the water over the stony river bed, there is no
sound, and even the shutter of my camera seems loud and intrusive.
It's the kind of place where, had I been with a companion, we would
have spoken in whispers for fear of disturbing the ageless peace and
silence of this wonderful shrine to God's handiwork.
It took a little scrambling down some steep banks and over boulders
to reach this spot, but the angle and the perspective were just what
I wanted. And after I took this photo, I found myself standing in
silence in the dim, green light, simply breathing in the rich
essence of the forest, enjoying the wonderful sights and smells of
the deep woods. I could not help but be reminded that I was an
interloper here, a guest in a world that most people never see, and
I found myself fervently hoping that places like this would remain
as unspoiled for future generations as they are now.
This image was captured with a Canon EOD 5D and Tamron SP24-135 lens
at 31mm, .8 second exposure at f/9. You can see more of my
photographs in my online gallery at
Town: Abingdon, VA
Amazing work as always Rocky. You are truly blessed to live in one
of the world's most scenic regions.
Name: Ed Morrison
Town: Dunwoody, GA
This is yet another outstanding image Mr. Rockwell. How in the world
do you do it on such a consistent basis? I would love to have even
half of your talent.
Town: Spokane, WA
Another beauty Rocky!! I would also echo both Rick's and Ed's
comments. Your photos are simply some of the best that I see. I look
forward to many more!!
Name: Alice Milbourne
Town: Perth, Australia
A beautiful and expertly captured image - perfect in every way
Name: Caitlyn Smith
Town: Oklahoma City, OK
I LOVE today's picture Mr. Rouse. Winston Rockwell is a wonderful
photographer and I'm glad to see that he's a regular contributor to
Town: Gatlinburg, TN
Rocky, I’m sure you’ll agree one of the biggest challenges we
photographers face is capturing an image that conveys the emotions
we felt when taking the picture. With no sound of the rushing water,
no song of the passing bird, no creaking of ancient trees in the
wind, it is up to the photographer to produce an image which let’s
us “hear” the sounds, “feel” the wind and “smell” the musty odor of
the ancient forest. Once again, my friend, you have proven a photo
can be worth a thousand words, sounds, smells and feelings. Thanks
for the love of craft you bring to your work.
Name: Melba Goins
Town: Winchester, VA
Another stunner Rocky!!!
Name: Ernest Childress
Town: McCormick, UT
Flowing water pictures have always been a favorite of mine, and this
one is absolutely splendid. LOVE IT!
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