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Termite mound

Termite mound
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Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-30
Categories: Bushveld
Camera: Canon Digital EOS 350D, Sigma 70-300mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-31 23:28
Viewed: 6987
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I once sent a photo of a giant ant hill or termite mound to a friend in the States, she replied: Wow, do you have giant ants in Africa?
Well, the ants, or rather termites are normal size, this mound was taller than 2 meters.
An ant-hill, in its simplest form, is a pile of earth, sand, pine needles, or clay or a composite of these and other materials that build up at the entrances of the subterranean dwellings of ant colonies as they are excavated. A colony is built and maintained by legions of worker ants, who carry tiny bits of dirt and pebbles in their mandibles and deposit them near the exit of the colony. They normally deposit the dirt or vegetation at the top of the hill to prevent it from sliding back into the colony, but in some species they actively sculpt the materials into specific shapes, and may create nest chambers within the mound.
In some areas of the world including English-speaking countries of Africa, in common speech the term ant-hill (also written as "anthill") refers to a termite mound. Note that termites are not ants.
Giant ant hills like the one on the right found in Zambia are often used to make clay bricks as the clay in the anthills is above the surface which saves time digging large holes in the ground to get to it. They are built by termites which are photosensitive so it is safe to dig into their hills without them attacking anyone.

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Hi Peter,

Yes indeed Peter, these Termite mounds can get quite tall but personally not seen one as big as 2 meters,
Good definition and sharpness throughout the image, the trees on the right hold you to the centre of interest, congratulations and well done Peter,
Best Regards,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-01 3:27]

Woow! This is very very big! And what a beautiful point of view and light position to create this very impressive pic.I like a lot the great sharpness and brightness to create a wonderful contrast whit the blue sky.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-04-01 13:07]

Hello Peter.
That is an very nice termite mound!Very strong visual impact.The composition and setting here is excellent.Best regards Siggi

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2011-04-01 18:08]

Hi Peter , an interesting image of this massive mound , I see trmite mounds in the area I live as well , but this makes them look like nothing.

the image is well taken but I find that the light here is a bit harsh. appoligies for the observation but I cant help but to get distracted by what to me apears to be dust on your image sensor , I think that against such a solid blue sky I would avoid stopping down much or stop down further to resolve the dust specks to a more managable size that could be spot healed / cloned out.
TFS & Regards

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