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Copyright: Matt Berry (rodosranger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 80 W: 0 N: 347] (2101)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-01
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-17 7:01
Viewed: 3279
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Or, if you want its name in modern English its Adder (Vipera berus)... and here is a female of the species.

And now for some facts and folklore about these amazing creatures!

Female Adders swallow their young to protect them?

Old natural history books often tell how female Adders swallow their young to protect them from danger. This myth is even perpetuated by some countrymen who have spent their lives amongst Adders. This story suggests a degree of parental care which is sadly lacking in Adders. If she did attempt to swallow her own young the strong stomach acids would digest them. In all probability, this story originated when a gravid female Adder was killed with well developed young inside her.

The Adder in Arthurian legend...

One of the significant events attributed to the Adder in folklore appears in Arthurian legend. The Adder is said to have caused the start of the Battle of Camlan, the battle in which King Arthur was killed (in 537 AD). As the armies of King Arthur and Mordred (Arthurs illegitimate son) faced each other an Adder emerged suddenly. One of Arthurs men drew his sword to kill the animal, but Mordred believed this to be a sign of attack, prompting the battle to begin.

The Adder and the Anglo Saxons...

The Anglo-Saxons believed it was only necessary to say the word "Faul" to overcome the effects of Adder bite.

Faul; a word used as a charm against the bite of an adder:-Sume n word wi ndran bte lǽra to cweenne, t is, Faul some teach us against bite of adder to speak one word, that is, Faul, L. M. 1, 45; Lchdm. ii. 114, 2.

Since almost everyone would survive Adder bite - albeit suffering some discomfort, this belief probably seemed to work quite well !

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-05-17 7:42]

Hello Matt
Excellent portrait of this viper. Well done

nice close up, TFS Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-17 12:11]

Hello Matt,
A fine close portrait of a female Adder. I like the low POV to show the head with good sharpness, though I might have tried a higher aperture to get a better DoF so that a bit more of the head would be in focus, but the OOF shape of the rest of the body in the BG is rather effective.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-05-18 12:27]

Hi Matt,
great clairty and detail, the narrow DOF really gives this shot a 3D feel. Colours are very nice too...and good work on the notes as well.

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-06-19 10:52]

Hello Matt,
Excellent capture.
Great composition and nice sharp details.
Excellent DoF too.
Very well done.
Thank you for posting.

hi matt,
perfectly made, way off the beaten track.
skilfully creative handling of short depth of field.
refreshing contribution, adding new aspects with citing old ones.
with thanks, and best regards,

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