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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day
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Copyright: Asbed Iskedjian (CeltickRanger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3415 W: 71 N: 9937] (37400)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6000fd, FUJINON ZOOM LENS 28-300mm Equiv.135
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-01 18:31
Viewed: 1966
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends, the Marmot from
my spring 2010 photo archives.

1/640s f/4.9 ISO400
66.7mm (35mm eq:300mm)

from Hinterland Who's Who website

« On the second of February each year, much of
North America observes Groundhog Day. On that day,
according to folklore, the woodchuck awakes from
its long winter sleep and comes out of its den.

If it sees its shadow it will go back in, and we
will have another six weeks of winter. If it does
not see its shadow it will remain awake and active,
and we will have an early spring.

This popular old legend apparently came to
North America with early settlers from Europe,
where it is believed in some parts that bears
or badgers behave in the same manner.

Although most people recognize that the legend
has no basis in fact, it provides a welcome
mid-winter diversion, which is usually promoted
by the news media. In reality, most woodchucks
do not come out of hibernation until March,
or even later in the north. »



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I like the looks of this guy Asbed. He makes for good pictures. Did you approach this guy and scare him away? I just wondered if you got a closer shot of him. Trev.

Hello Asbed,
Beautiful species.You have done your best.But this species natural colour helps it to hide in the soil easily.So little bit tough to find it.But its the true mother nature.Well captured with light and sharpness.
Kind regards,

Ciao Asbed, great capture of cute creature, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Asbed,
Lovely capture with nice natural surrounding details and a lovely presentation of fresh environment.
TFS and my regards,

Hi Asbed
Very cute photo. I really sense you looking forward to spring. Very sharp and well composed with lots of colour.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hello Asbed,
Dans les montagnes valaisannes, les marmottes ne se montrent qu'après la fonte des neige. Belles couleurs naturelles.
TFS + best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-02-02 5:30]

Hello Asbed,
Right place, right time. Interesting photo and note. Good sharpness and beautiful camouflaged colours. Nice to see the eye contact.

Hello Asbed,
A great capture with nice natural coloration, details & setting. Great presentation & TFS. Best wishes...mon ami!


Hello Asbed,
good PoV.
good moment and composition with beautiful ambiance also.
best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-02-02 14:27]

Hi Asbed,i seen on a movie this folkloristic thing of the marmot day from Punxsutawney,great idea for the today pic,excellent capture,not easy to find an animal like this so close,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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