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New Years Wish for 2014

New Years Wish for 2014
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-12-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1, Sony G lens 20x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 125
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Full of tenderness -2- / Pleine de tendresse -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-01-01 3:57
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Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White Blesbok / Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi

As I mentioned in my previous posting, I could not post as often as I would have loved to do, during the last couple of months of 2013. Also, due to the fact that we've been away on holiday, I could not share my Christmas wishes with you as in all the previous years that I have been part of Trek Nature, but as the saying goes: "Rather late than never".

I would however like to share my New Years thoughts with you as per mouth of Peggy Toney Horton, and I quote: "Each New Year, we have before us is a brand new book containing 365 blank pages. Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year. The words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer."

During a very short vacation over the Festive season, we were very fortunate to photograph a herd of White Blesbok between Harrismith and Memel on our way back home to Empangeni.

We did not expect these animals along the roadside and when we saw them we had to grab our cameras and photograph them just as quickly as we could. When we saw them, there was no time for adjusting or setting the cameras for the shoot. This image is therefore not a brilliant shot as it was point and shoot, before they ran away. This was pure luck that we encountered these beautiful bucks, and I was fortunate to have been able to capture them and share this image with you.

It seems as if this is only the 2nd photo of this species here on Trek Nature. I searched the website for images of a Blesbok and could only find the one Callie posted way back in 2004, but that was of a normal Blesbok. An image of a "White" Blesbok is definitely a first, and I must admit that I am quite chuffed about this fact.

All that has been said regarding the common Blesbok and the Bontebok, can be applied to the White Blesbok. A mutation in colour, the White Blesbok is not an albino, but rather merely a variation in colour. Its white colour and straw coloured horns set him apart from his common brothers. It exhibits the same territorial tendencies; challenging displays, threatening behaviour, and marking of the grass with his preorbital glands. The Blesbok is indigenous to South Africa. Source

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

Hotelcalifornia, nagraj, Alex99, PeterZ, marius-secan, iti, CeltickRanger, sranjan, imageme, anel, Chiza has marked this note useful
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Hello Anna,
Wish Happy New Year To you too and your family.Wish we all will be safe and will live in peace.
Beautiful presentation of these White Blesbok.Nice light and POV.Well captured.Little ones are so cute and adorable,Nice eye contact.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-01-01 5:44]

thanks, wish the same to you...
Wow, I have not seen this species (image) so far...good landscape kind of image...tfs.

Ciao Anna, great capture of superb creatures, excellent clarity, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-01 6:39]

Hi Anna,very nice way to open the new year gallery.,a beautiful large view with these animals not often seen on TN,beautiful capture and top class pic as usual.I wsh you all the best me too and thanks,Luciano

Hello Anna,
Lovely natural shot in great details and clarity.
Happy New Year to you and your family,

Hello Anna
A fantastic family portrait with great composition.
Best wishes,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-01-01 7:16]

Hi Anna.
I am glad to see your new shot and wish to you and your lovers ones Happy New Year. Low POV is very attractive. Horizon line on a level of animal’s heads looks very nicely. Colours are very natural and details of the scene are ultimate. Warm regards and TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-01-01 8:03]

Hello Anna,
Wonderful photo of these White Blesboks all with eye contact. Great composition in beautiful natural colours.

Hello Anna,
A top quality image! The details, focus and sharpness are splendid. Lovely contrast against the background. Fantastic details and clarity. Very nice species.
Thanks for sharing this interesting composition.

hallo Anna
you have here a lot of beauty's together on 1 picture
So good composition with lovely naturel colours and good details
i like this picture

For you and your Family a Happy new year
gr lou

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2014-01-01 10:34]

Hello Anna,
Nice view so interesting animals. I wish you and your family good health and prosperity in the coming New Year.

amazing family and a great greetings for the new year, all the best Ori

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-01 11:07]

Hi Anna,
Nice photo of this beautiful White Blesbok . Amazing colors
and sharpness details. Excellent composition.
Happy New Year 2014.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Anna
Thank you for this beautiful picture
and Happy new year for you and your friends
Best regards

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-01-01 14:36]

What a lucky find and quick reaction, Anna! On December 30 ... The year 2013 took leave of you by giving you this beautiful vision of four dorcas Damaliscus phillipsi adults and three calves. I had never seen these White blesbok, thank you very much for sharing this fabulous match, mate. Welcome to TN again!

PS: I was so happy to see a work of yours I wanted
working on a workshop on this photograph as a welcome gift, but, ha ha ha, I discovered they were not enabled workshops. Anyway I did it and I dedicate "telepathically" ;)

Hernán Bortondello

Hello Anna

For you and also Loot Happy New Year.
This is the kind of photos I love because with these
African wild species of animals kids there is also the parents
becoming an « Full of Tenderness » photo and with the beautiful
scenery and background blue sky an environmental photo,
with beautiful glances on you, TFS


Amazing African scene Anna! Beautiful photo with very good composition, wonderful lighting and very good sharpness!
My best wishes for the New Year!

Hello Anna,
Beautiful, charming group of animals. Very nice composition.
Happy New Year my friend

Hello Anna,
Beautiful composition of rare animals, White Blesbok with eyes contact. A very happy New Year to wonderful couple from South Africa :)
Regards Subhash

Hi Anna Eksteen, We all have run into situation like that you took this picture. We are lucky if our cameras setting is at a proper exposure for the shot, if not, then luck has to come to help.
An awesome picture of these group of bucks on pasture. Perfect focus and great clarity even taken in a difficult condition. Wonderful composed along with great POV. Thank for sharing and Happy New Year

Ciao Anna and happy new year to you! Intrigant graphic effect of the grass. very good compo.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-01-05 1:37]

Hello Anna,
Thanks a lot for your kind wishes. Let's hope that 2014 will be a good year for everyone here. Interesting picture of a rarely shown species on TN. I like the way this family stares at the humans..Interesting to read that they are not albinos.
Very natural and pleasant picture.
Bone Année ŕ toi et ŕ Loot!

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2014-01-11 7:55]
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Hola Anna, que belleza de foto la se estos White Blesbok, especie que no conocía; excelente composición, color, manejo de la luz y entorno. Tengo una pregunta, al fondo se ve parte de un becerro con un color más obscuro que el resto de la manada, es normal esta coloración???...saludos.

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