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1 Year on TN

1 Year on TN
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-23 16:39
Viewed: 3046
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have been a member of Trek Nature for year. Actually I have been a member for just over a year - I missed my own anniversary as I have been so busy at work in the last couple of weeks.

I just wanted to thank everyone for the advice and encouragement. I have learnt a lot over the year. I can now impress people with my knowledge of insects, mammals and birds :) I have also been encouraged to upgrade to a DSLR camera. So a big thank you to you all.

This little fellow with the winning smile was taken today in a little stream that runs in front of Arundel castle. He is a Water Vole of course. These are badly endangered in this country due to threat of the American mink. This one was sitting over the other side of the stream gnawing on a root.

simon182, nglen, delic, rousettus, JoseMiguel, gracious, pablominto, fiyo, anel, scottevers7, jaycee, Alex99, Juyona, jeanpaul, jmp has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To simon182: Thankshester 2 06-24 17:46
To Alex99: Thankshester 1 06-24 15:33
To gracious: Thankshester 1 06-24 15:30
To claudine: Thank Youhester 1 06-24 15:11
To ddg: Thankshester 1 06-24 15:08
To pablominto: Thankshester 1 06-24 15:07
To JoseMiguel: Thankshester 1 06-24 15:06
To wishnugaruda: Thank youhester 1 06-24 15:03
To arfer: thank youhester 1 06-24 15:02
To nglen: Arundelhester 1 06-23 17:15
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Hi Karan,

Great shot, this guy needs to brush his teeth!
Timing wonderful especially as these aren't the easiest creatures to find!
Well done reaching your milestone, you've presented some fantastic photos in the time I've been here. Keep it up.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-23 16:55]
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Hi karen. very well done for one year. cute little water vole. great detail and sharp focus.a nice POV and good colours. i used to live just up the road from Arundel. very well done TFs.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-06-23 16:58]

interesting subject nice capture but a little sharpening would help. nice colors good DOF

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-23 17:10]

Hello Karan,
Like most rodents, this one is quite cute. You have captured it in fine light and composition that shows the habitat very well. Regards,

Hi Karan,
I'm so happy you are here - 1 year - a long time and so successfull for you and all of us - there are so many members, so friendly and helpful, I love this forum.
This shot is soooo cute, what a nice guy - but the teeth are very yellow ;-)
Bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Karan,
Welcome again to TN. Greetings.
Nice shot with detailed. As I see, it is a good photo of the Water Vole ( Arvicola terrestris) on natural habitat. Rodents on TN not common as much as birds' and butterflies'. Thanks for sharing.
Well done

hi karan,
conratulations on completing your first year on TN, nice capture, good pov, the little fellow is looking straight to the lens,
tfs & regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-23 22:58]
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Hello Karan

Wonderful! This shot has to be a difficult one to get.You have captured this fellow in it's natural environment perfectly.The look on it's face is classic,"Oy !Do you mind?".Excellent detail and focus on the vole.What a cute little fellow.I have to agree with Simon though ,his yellow teeth might be a bit of a turn off to the ladies.I love the little eyes.Nicely done.TFS Congratulations on your first year, I certainly have enjoyed your creative and artistic work.


Hi Karan,
What an expression!
It seems you made an arrangement to commemorate your first anniversary, with the vole showing its teeth.
I like the lighting and the sharp details got on the animal and the surroundings.

One year here...a lot of effort and work...thank you so much by share your pics and talent among us.
Best regards,


What a cute celebration of your first year in TN!
That little fellow didn't know he was going to be a world celebrity because of Karan's milestone...
Congrats & greetings,
Pablo -

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2007-06-24 2:58]
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Bonjour Karan, bien belle composition and this little fellow is too cute. It's a pity for this big root in the first plane! Congratulations, Didier.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-06-24 6:51]

Hello Karan,
superb composition; sharpness, colors, light, everything is excellent !

Oh, when I saw the picture, I thought that your anniversary was today, June 24th. Here, it is Quebec's National Holiday, La St-Jean-Baptise :) Do you believe me if I told you that many Quebecers here will drink beer today? :) It would have been nice if it could coincide but it doesn't matter. Congrats for this beautiful year with us and for your great pictures, which are always interesting, well done and so educative. I really like your work and even if I don't know you, I like you :) I'm sure that we could have lot of fun talking about anything as you have this characteristic sense of humor that I like.

Oh, BTW, this is such a cute and well taken picture to mark the occasion, this fellow looks great and I love its tooth. Thanks,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-24 8:08]

Hello Karan,
What a cute little creature with its theeth in the front making it appear very funny.I like the water drops on its head. I never have seen a Water Vole.
Thank's for this original picture
Best regards

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-24 8:16]

Hi Karan,
Wonderful shot to mark your 1 year on TN. The smile on the Vole's face is quite apt. Very impressive sharpness, natural colours, spot-on focus and the illustration of its natural habitat is superbly done. Looks very cute. Very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.

Hi Karan,
Congratulations on your Anniversary An excellent shot on this Water Vole. The exposure is spot on under what looks like some tricky lighting. The colors and detail are excellent. Nice shot!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-24 11:04]

Hi Karan,

A nice post to celebrate your anniversary on TN. Congratulations. A cute little rodent in a nice pose with a cute expression on his face. A lovely natural setting.


Hello Karen,
Thank you so much for your effort for sharing your wonderful works with us even I am new in TN!
very lovely captured of this cute fellow in sharpness, natural colour and details

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-24 13:57]
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Ah, ah, ah.
How can you miss you anniversary? This is minus but you are with us mote than year. This is plus. My congratulations and heart wishes. You have decorate this site by your nice pictures, comments and notes.

This guy is so amazing as well as the picture which represents it very well. I like lowest POV, excellent colours and sharpness of the main subject. Bravo and kind regards.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-24 15:57]

Hola Karan,
muchas felicidades amiga por el primer año en TN, preciosos trabajos,
originales y siempre ideas nuevas,
buena captura y pov,
muchos saludos

Karan, felicidades por el aniversario en TN, celebrado con esta bonita toma en la que destacan los colores tan reales. Saludos.

Bonsoir Karan
Ce sont de magifiques couleurs et de très beaux reflets dans l'eau et belle prise de ce rat musqué. .
Félicitation pour ton premier annioversaire sur le site.
Merci, amitié....JP

Hi karan,
Congratulations with your first b'day. You have showed us wonderful photos and your knowledge of nature has always impressed me. Your determination of getting the shot right is great. You have showed some amazing compsitions and point of views that are simply impressive. Just look at this photo, it looks as if you were in the water yourself and just held the camera above the water. I've never seen this animal before but it looks like a smaller version of a muskrat. The details and DOF are wonderful and you captured it in a wonderful pose.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-01 13:06]

Hi Karan,
Congratulations for your first year among us! I hope to see next one full of beautiful photos from you.
A nice capture with a perfect pose, good details and great light.
TFS, José M.

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