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In the shadows

In the shadows
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Copyright: Adrian Rusu (roges) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-21
Categories: Mountain
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-07 12:20
Viewed: 3407
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear colleagues, today I present a picture of glacier Gornegrat.
As a bonus receive (Alpine Chough) (Pyrrhocorax graculus).

The Alpine Chough, or Yellow-billed Chough, (Pyrrhocorax graculus) is a bird in the crow family, one of only two species in the genus Pyrrhocorax. Its two subspecies breed in high mountains from Spain east through southern Europe and North Africa to Central Asia, India and China, and it may nest at a higher altitude than any other bird. The eggs have adaptations to the thin atmosphere that improve oxygen take-up and reduce water loss.

This bird has glossy black plumage, a yellow bill, red legs, and distinctive calls. It has a buoyant acrobatic flight with widely spread flight feathers. The Alpine Chough pairs for life and displays fidelity to its breeding site, which is usually a cave or crevice in a cliff face. It builds a lined stick nest and lays three to five brown-blotched whitish eggs. It feeds, usually in flocks, on short grazed grassland, taking mainly invertebrate prey in summer and fruit in winter; it will readily approach tourist sites to find supplementary food.

Although it is subject to predation and parasitism, and changes in agricultural practices have caused local population declines, this widespread and abundant species is not threatened globally. Climate change may present a long-term threat, by shifting the necessary alpine habitat to higher altitudes.

The Alpine Chough was first described as Corvus graculus by Linnaeus in the Systema Naturae in 1766. It was moved to its current genus, Pyrrhocorax, by English ornithologist Marmaduke Tunstall in his 1771 Ornithologia Britannica, along with the only other member of the genus, the Red-billed Chough, P. pyrrhocorax. The closest relatives of the choughs were formerly thought to be the typical crows, Corvus, especially the jackdaws in the subgenus Coloeus, but DNA and cytochrome b analysis shows that the genus Pyrrhocorax, along with the Ratchet-tailed Treepie (genus Temnurus), diverged early from the rest of the Corvidae.

From the many glaciers in the mountains around Zermatt, the Gorner Glacier is the most famous one. While the two other major glaciers, the Zmutt Glacier and the Theodul Glacier, are glaciers to be looked at from all perspectives from a distance, the Gorner Glacier is a real glacier to get your hands on and to explore from the glacier-fed up to the glacier brook.

At the most eastern side of Zermatt, already two big glaciers fall into the deep at the right and the left side of the Monte-Rosa mountain: at the left of the Monte-Rosa-Group, the Findelen Glacier and at the right of it the Gorner Glacier. Between these two glaciers, a long extended mountain ridge arises up to the Stockhorn; further above, the ridge then completely disappears under the glacial ice. This ridge is called Gornergrat and the legendary railway that conquers this mountain from Zermatt is called Gornergratbahn or also Gornergrat-Monte-Rosa-Bahn.

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hello Adrian
beautiful like b&w land scape, fine photo output!
keep photographing! TFS

Hi Adrian...
Very interesting notes and great photo...TFS.

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-12-07 14:38]

Hi Adrian,
Excellent capture, very good. TFS.
Best regards,

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  • danar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 57 W: 0 N: 17] (273)
  • [2009-12-07 14:53]

Salutare Adrian ,

Frumoasa captura , ... pasarea aceea nu face decat sa-i de-a o impresie de maretzie a muntilor si imaginii tale , ... felicitari din nou pentru aceste minunate imagini din Alpi .

Sa ai o zi frumoasa !


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-07 15:25]

Hi Adrian,another pearl in your beautiful mountain collection..i like a lot this interesting serie,the note and the pic are very very precious!Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hello Adrian,

A great landscape/mountains capture with such majestic beauty & composition. Well taken & presented. TFS & regards.


Ciao Adrian. Good POV for this wild winter mountainscape. Excellent details.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-08 6:33]

Splendida captura acestui ghetar!
Undeva in zare se vede o telecabina?
Felicitari pentru zona si imaginile de acolo!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-12-08 8:05]

Merhaba Adrian,
Çok güzel bir kar manzarası fotoğrafı.
Tebrik ederim

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-12-08 8:12]

Hi Adrian
Nice landscape.Well composed image and interesting text.
TFS Michel

Buna Adrian,
In sfarsit zapada....Imi place aceasta imagine care inspira atata forta si solitudine.
Rar pot vedea un ghetar. Felicitari si numai bine!

hello Adrian

another beautiful scenery from the GREAT mountains, fine POV,
j'aime l'ambiance de temps gris qui se dégage de la photo
avec cet oiseau à l'envol, TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-08 12:16]

Hello Adrian,
Oh yes, here is the Glazier again in another brilliant capture! I love the b/w effect and the thin cloud above. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-08 13:24]

Hello Adrian
Very beautiful landscape.Well caught and composed.The colours are very natural and clear. Great composition and sharpness. Very good choice of POV.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Adrian,
These mountains always inspire me a lot of respect.
I like the composition made, and the good details of all the textures and rocks.
Well done and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

Hi Adrian,

Another excellent winter scene from highlands. I like silvery colur effect on the colours.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


Hi aAdrin,
Superb Light/Shadows. Excellent exposure, great tonalities.
Very, very good,

Ciao Adrian,
un'altra splendida visione di queste montagne alpine, i bellissimi colori naturali e i riflessi mostrano molto bene la particolare atmosfera di queste altitudini.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Adrian, fantastic mountain landscape, like a natural B&W, wonderful light, very well done, ciao Silvio

Interesante trabajo Adrián y como complemento al anterior. Me gustan los colores y sobre todo esa ténue luz que crea un entorno misterioso.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

Hallo Adrian

Zuerst war ich gebannt vom Effekt "grau in grau", und erst später sah ich was sich da "schwarz auf schwarz" in den Lüften tummelt. Feines Bergweltbild, versehen mit einem guten Kommentar.



hallo Adrian
ine wirklich schöne Landschaft, wunderbare Komposition mit Bergen voller schnee, ein impreesiven Gletscher, und dazu, noch einen fliegender Vogel ! das muss ein beeindruckendes Gefühl sein hier zu stehen und all diese Schönheit zu betrachten,
Grüsse Jacqueline

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2009-12-11 1:14]

Zdravo Adrian!
Very beautiful and interesting photo.
Compo,sharpness and light are excellent.Tfs.
With best wishes,

Very good contrast with rock and snow, good framing and lights. Congratulations!

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