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Copyright: Alli Hemingway (annagrace) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 527 W: 18 N: 851] (2996)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus C4000Z
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-01-21 9:08
Viewed: 4106
Points: 18
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The giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest of all land-living animal species. Males can be 4.8 to 5.5 metres (16 to 18 feet) tall and weigh up to 1,360 kilograms (3,000 pounds). The record-sized bull was 5.87 m (19.2 feet) tall and weighed approximately 2,000 kg (4,400 lbs.). Females are generally slightly shorter and weigh less than the males do.

The giraffe is related to deer and cattle, but is placed in a separate family, the Giraffidae, consisting only of the giraffe and its closest relative, the okapi. Its range extends from Chad to South Africa.

Giraffes use their long, prehensile tongues to extend their reach. Specimen at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.Male giraffes are around 16–18 feet tall at the horn tips, and weigh 1700–4200 lb. Females are one to two feet shorter and weigh several hundred pounds less than males. Both sexes have horns, although the horns of a female are smaller. The prominent horns are formed from ossified cartilage and are called ossicones. Males sometimes develop calcium deposits which form bumps on their skull as they age, which can give the appearance of up to three further horns. (note the extra bump on the forehead).

Giraffes have spots covering their entire bodies, except their underbellies, with each giraffe having a unique pattern of spots. They have long, prehensile tongues that are distinctly blue-black to protect from sunburn.[citation needed] Giraffes have long necks, which they use to browse the leaves of trees. They possess seven vertebrae in the neck (the usual number for a mammal). They also have slightly elongated forelegs, about 10% longer than their hind legs.

Modifications to the giraffe's structure have evolved, particularly to the circulatory system. A giraffe's heart, which can weigh up to 10 kg (24 lb) and about 2 feet long, has to generate around double the normal blood pressure for an average large mammal in order to maintain blood flow to the brain against gravity. In the upper neck, a complex pressure-regulation system called the rete mirabile prevents excess blood flow to the brain when the giraffe lowers its head to drink. Conversely, the blood vessels in the lower legs are under great pressure (because of the weight of fluid pressing down on them). In other animals such pressure would force the blood out through the capillary walls; giraffes, however, have a very tight sheath of thick skin over their lower limbs which maintains high extravascular pressure in exactly the same way as a pilot's g-suit.
Some giraffes can lose the bottom part of their tail to cysts resulting from tick bites. (wikepedia/wiki/giraffe)

I took this photo of this friendly fellow at Pensacola's charming zoo which allows patrons to hand feed the giraffes some special kibble. This giraffe was looking at me waiting for a snack! See the workshop for a photo of my 5 year old daughter Anna feeding him.

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hi alli,
the animal looks quite curious about your activities,
nice capture,
well composed with fine pov,
tfs & regards

Hi Alli,

What a great close-up of this giraffe, you can just see the hungry look on his face :-)
An excellent capture with beautiful colours on the giraffe, but also the blue sky behind him.
I like the details, composition and POV too.

Greetings, Nel

hello ali
superbe cette giraffe
belle photo réussie

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-21 11:03]
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Hi Alli

I just love this charming in-your-face capture of a drop-dead gorgeous giraffe.

The composition and POV is excellent. Just a slight pity for the bits of zoo paraphernalia that’s visible though. Anyway, the colours are stunning, the details are simply amazing, the blue sky BG is a winner, and you made good work of containing the brightish light. A little selective brightening of the eyes would have been rather beneficial, just to bring out a little more live in that darkish regions.

Well done and TFS.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-21 13:11]

Hello Ali , A Great portret shot from the giraf , good sharpnes colours details and his pose the blue sky very good ,Greetings Teunie .

Hi Alli,
Looks like he is really coming in for a close look.
Superb colors and sharp detail in the frame filling shot. I'll bet your daughter is still talking about that.

hi Alli,
very beautiful portrait of this beautiful giraffe colors and good clearness cheer


Hi, Alli.
Funny 3-dimensional shot. Perfect sharpness and very nice color. Excellent POV for both.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-01-23 15:39]

Hi Ali,

How have you been? Long time no see!

This is a very nice portrait. Good colors and sharp focus. Nice POV too. Too bad a little part of the 'horns' is clipped. Anyway, good shot. TFS!


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