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Danger! Do not touch me!

Danger! Do not touch me!
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-25 12:34
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Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Danger! Do not touch me!
North American Porcupine
Erithizon dorsatum

The North American Porcupine is the second largest of all rodents, after the beaver. It has a small head, large, chunky body with a high arching back and short legs. Its head and body are 25 to 40 inches long, with long, thick, muscular tail growing as long as 8 inches. It weighs from 10 to 40 pounds.
Long, yellowish guard hairs cover the front half of its body while up to 30,000 quills are interspersed among the dark, coarse guard hairs of the back and tail. These quills are the most distinguishing characteristic of the Porcupine. Actually modified hairs, the black-tipped, yellowish quills are stiff, barbed spines about 3 inches long that can be easily barbs once embedded in another animals' flesh.
The Porcupine's feet have 4 toes on the forefeet and 5 on the hindfeet, all with long, curved claws and small textured knobby pads on the bottom. The long claws make depressions far ahead of the oval tracks, which are about 3 inches long and 5 to 6 inches apart.
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To magiqa: "Are they rare?"...Luc 1 10-21 21:42
To hummingbird24: Thank you...Luc 1 09-27 11:38
To ellis49: Outch!Luc 1 09-26 03:53
To ornis: ÉcoMuseum...Luc 2 09-25 14:05
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Un animal peu souvent illustré sur le site, donc, merci de nous en présenter un, Luc. L'avez-vous trouvé en liberté? Il semble bien campé sur le tronc et prend vraiment la pose. Très bons détails de l'ensemble. Un excellent document.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-09-25 13:15]

All right, I won't touch you ;-) Very original animal and good composition. BG is very crowded but surprisingly works very well on this picture. I like calm green colours. Another successful post Luc!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-25 13:48]

Jean-Michel doit avoir raison, je crois que c'est la première fois que j'en vois un... Une image pleine de piquant ;-) Compliments et merci Luc.

Wonderful POV and sharpness, no pun intended, LOL!!!

Really a wonderful image, Luc. Fantastic color, perfect focus.


Hi Luc,
a lovely guy, where have you seen it?
Very good sharpness, I like it,thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-09-25 17:19]

Salut Luc
Aie!! Jolie position sur l'arbre. Belle netteté.
Salutations Toni

This is a fantastic shot Luc, very well focused, I also like the POV. It just makes me want to run up to that little critter and give it a big hug! Paul :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-26 2:29]

Il est vraiment tres mignon, ton porc-epic, Luc. The sharpness of the details is amazing. The light is perfect, and the POV is wonderful. Great job and merci pour le partage. : )

This a great picture fot your 300th post, Luc.
I won't touch you.;-))
Well composed, nice colours and good details.
Great post.

Congrats for your 300th post and thanx for your participation on TN. This site needs people like you, brother.

Hi Luc
Very cute shot. Nice pose. The catchlight is lovely. It looks very shy. Crisp, clear and sharpness. Nice work. Thanks. :-)

Congratulation for your 300th post. Nicely captured, great POV. Greetings. Michal

Excellent details & sharpness, perfect composition and great POV. Great work! Well done, Luc.

Sticky subject! They eat them in Sri Lanka.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-09-26 6:42]

Wow Luc, this is bigger than what I thought they were. And they climb trees too or is this a log he's climbed on? I definitely won't touch him, thank you.
Excellent show of it Luc. I don't think I've seen such a clear photos of one before. Thank you for showing it and also for the interesting notes too. Merci.

Interesting shot Luc, I like the composition and POV. Great sharpness and nice pose of the porcupine.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-26 10:50]

Hello Luc!
Very nice capture.POV,details,colors,framing,lighting,sharpness and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

Hi Luc,
An excellent shot of Mr. Quills. The detail and DOF is really good here. In his natural environment, and looking comfortable. They will also chew up anything they find. Nice Shot!

Bonjour Luc,
Une image vraiment piquante ;-))))
Très jolie pose qu'il tient là! Que regarde-t-il dans la cime des arbres ?

Congratulations on your 300th posting, Luc!

Your porcupine is well captured and delightfully well pointed.

Great POV, eye contact and BG.


Lovely capture, Luc. I am just back from my vacation and have lots of photos to check out and edit. I will supply a proper critique later my friend.

They look very different from our species. Much softer. :)

Wonderful picture! I have never seen this animal in real life. Are they rare?

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