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Muddy Face for Loot

Muddy Face for Loot
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Copyright: Wolf Power (Wolfpower) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 3 N: 334] (1075)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-15
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-05 19:02
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Arctic Wolf with a muddy face for Loot.

I enjoy observing these wolves immensely and they observe me right back.When I arrive in the area and they see me they run to see me.On this occasion they ran through a muddy area of a pond edge and the mud flew up onto some of their faces.
Arctic wolves are known for their curiosity.I am also known to have the odd sandwich with me when I am around.
I dedicate this to my friend Loot,and this is abit like deja vu for me and probably Loot as well.
I hope you like it Loot and it comes with the same sentiment as the first time.
This was taken with a Nikon D90 and a 80-400mm lens.
The ISO was 400.
Perhaps the most famous story of St. Francis is when he tamed the wolf that was terrorizing the people of Gubbio. While Francis was staying in that town he learned of a wolf so ravenous that it was not only killing and eating animals, but people, too. The people took up arms and went after it, but those who encountered the wolf perished at its sharp teeth. Villagers became afraid to leave the city walls.

Francis had pity on the people and decided to go out and meet the wolf. He was desperately warned by the people, but he insisted that God would take care of him. A brave friar and several peasants accompanied Francis outside the city gate. But soon the peasants lost heart and said they would go no farther.

Francis and his companion began to walk on. Suddenly the wolf, jaws agape, charged out of the woods at the couple. Francis made the Sign of the Cross toward it. The power of God caused the wolf to slow down and to close its mouth.

Then Francis called out to the creature: “Come to me, Brother Wolf. In the name of Christ, I order you not to hurt anyone.” At that moment the wolf lowered its head and lay down at St. Francis’ feet, meek as a lamb.

St. Francis explained to the wolf that he had been terrorizing the people, killing not only animals, but humans who are made in the image of God. “Brother Wolf,” said Francis, “I want to make peace between you and the people of Gubbio. They will harm you no more and you must no longer harm them. All past crimes are to be forgiven.”

The wolf showed its assent by moving its body and nodding its head. Then to the absolute surprise of the gathering crowd, Francis asked the wolf to make a pledge. As St. Francis extended his hand to receive the pledge, so the wolf extended its front paw and placed it into the saint’s hand. Then Francis commanded the wolf to follow him into town to make a peace pact with the townspeople. The wolf meekly followed St. Francis.

By the time they got to the town square, everyone was there to witness the miracle. With the wolf at his side, Francis gave the town a sermon on the wondrous and fearful love of God, calling them to repent from all their sins. Then he offered the townspeople peace, on behalf of the wolf. The townspeople promised in a loud voice to feed the wolf. Then Francis asked the wolf if he would live in peace under those terms. He bowed his head and twisted his body in a way that convinced everyone he accepted the pact. Then once again the wolf placed its paw in Francis’ hand as a sign of the pact.

From that day on the people kept the pact they had made. The wolf lived for two years among the townspeople, going from door to door for food. It hurt no one and no one hurt it. Even the dogs did not bark at it. When the wolf finally died of old age, the people of Gubbio were sad. The wolf’s peaceful ways had been a living reminder to them of the wonders, patience, virtues and holiness of St. Francis. It had been a living symbol of the power and providence of the living God.

bobair, jaycee, siggi, boreocypriensis, sayat, Miss_Piggy, maurydv, eqshannon, loot, MarianneS, CeltickRanger, pierrefonds, Adanac, Silvio2006 has marked this note useful
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Hello wolf,
Great capture, excellent sharpness, depth of field and clarity, superb details, lovely colors and fantastic eye contact.

Hi Wolf,
I can't blame you for your enjoyment of observing wolves as I am the same way,especially with the red foxes that live here where I am.I rather like the dirty faced wolf with the beautiful colour and crisp and clear details so very well focused by your hand.The hint of another wolf in the nicely blurred background makes me want to see more and that is always a good thing as I just know you probably stopped down to include that detail and if you did,I would love to see that photo as well.Well thank you R.F. Wolf Power this is a keeper. Bob

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-05 20:17]

Hi Wolf,

I have never seen one of these wonderful wolves in "real life" but I can just imagine how marvelous it must be. Must be so exciting for them to run to greet you! Another gorgeous face and amazing pair of eyes. He reminds me of a little boy who goes out to play and comes home with mud on his face. Just wonderful.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-05 23:29]

Hello Wolf,
Lovely portrait. Details and exposure are excellent. It's so beautiful. I love it a lot.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Wolf, superb capture of this cute muddy faced wolf:) Lovely... Great dedication to Our beloved friend Loot too. i am sure he will love this.
TFS and cheers,


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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-12-06 4:02]

Hello Wolf,

This a very beautiful capture. The lovely traits of the face are increased by the muddy appearance. The look is very friendly. Thanks for sharing this lovely shot with a great note.

Hello Wolf
Excellent image in true "Wolfpower" style. Without a doubt a very touching and heartfelt dedication. I am sure Loot will appreciate and enjoy it even more than I have, once he has laid his eyes on this beautiful animal. Great colours, great composition, perfect clarity and details captured altogether in one heck of a fabulous image. The eye contact is moving. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.

Ciao Wolf,
un'altra bellissima immagine di lupo artico, eccellenti POV e composizione per lo spettacolare ed intenso contatto visivo, ottima nitidezza, molto belli i colori e BG con altri lupi sfocati:

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-06 5:51]

Hello Wolf,
What an excellent sharp-detailed photo. The clear and natural colours are splendid. Very nice frontal POV.
Great dedication to Loot.

Cool rob...He converted himself to black and white:-) Yes mine was playful, but in a way which showed its strength. It took a heavy strong person to control and even then....beautiful contrasting images in a slice of the day!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-12-06 9:22]

Hi Wolfman

YES. This is a shear pleasure. Visually as well as personally. So it was the first time around and even more so the second time around. A dedication most intensely appreciated.

How strange it seems to see that the specks of mud actually served to beautify this riveting Arctic Wolf. A most brilliant shot of a captivating and charismatic animal reflecting great details, lovely colours, good DOF and excellent contrasts. Those eyes are absolutely amazing and I am sure the hint of respect goes much further than just the promise of a left over sandwich.

Your appreciation of these animals and your expert knowledge of your subjects sure reflect in this fine capture. It is evident why you deserve and are worthy of the alias of "Wolfman", because you undoubtedly posses the WolfPower.

Thank you R.F. for this kind gesture and for sharing this beauty with us.
Warm regards.

Hello Wolf,
Impressive capture! Your note is passionating, I had a lot of pleasure reading it.Thank you.
Your photo is a great dedication to your friend.

hello Wolf

excellent shot of this muddy faced Arctic Wolf,
with fine POV, excellent sharpness and details,
and wonderful eye-contact with you,
i love that eyes and their colour, TFS


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-07 14:15]
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Hi Wolf,
a great shot of this muddy Wolf :-)
Very good clarity... is that a new camera I see? How's the video function?
Excellent composition.
Great exposure.

Well done,

p.s a perfect dedication to Loot as well :-)

Hi Wolf,

The close-up point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the artic wolf. the subject is well frame. The light brings out the colors. have a nice day.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-10 5:05]

Hi Wolf,
A very nice family portrait, but a wash cloth is in order. All kidding aside a splendid image of this beautiful species. Ham on rye for bait? Thanks for sharing Wolf.

Hi Wolf, beautiful portrait of splendid white wolf, perfect focus and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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