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A fathers love

A fathers love
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 100, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Giraffas, 50 - 60 points (chapter two), 5 favs. and up - PART 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-14 3:33
Viewed: 8538
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Giraffe bull and calve
Girrafa camelopardalis

Scientific name: Giraffa means one who walks swiftly. camelopardalis means camel marked like a leopard.

Size: (height to top of head) newborns average 1.8 m (6 ft.); adults range 4.25 to 5.5 m (14-18 ft.)

Weight: adult males 1,100 to 1,915 kg (2,420-4,215 lb.); adult females 700 to 1,181 kg (1,540-2600 lb.)

Description: white to cream background color with light brown to almost black spots within a lattice pattern

Life span: 20 to 25 years

Sexual maturity: males mature at about 3.5 years but usually don't breed until 8 years old; females mature at 4 to 5 years old.

Gestation: 450 to 465 days

Habitat: African savannah, scrub, and open acacia woodlands south of the Sahara

Diet: selective browsers that prefer new growth foliage of acacia and mimosa brush 2 to 5m (6.6-16.5 ft.) high; feed on over 100 plant species; choice determined by seasonal and local availability

Status: currently not protected except within national parks

Fun Facts

1. Giraffes strip leaves from thorny acacia trees, sometimes colonized by ants, with their 45 cm (18 in.) long, prehensile tongues.

2. Bull giraffes forage higher in trees than cow giraffes which reduces food competition between the sexes.

3. Long-legged giraffes walk with the limbs on one side of the body lifted at the same time. This gait is called a pace and allows a longer stride which saves steps and energy.

4. A mother giraffe often gives birth while standing so that the newborn's first experience outside the womb is a 1.8 m (6 ft.) drop!

5. For the first four to five months, calves congregate in nursery groups called crèches to rest and socialize while mothers forage in the distance.

Ecology and Conservation:

The continuous, selective browsing habits of giraffes slow the growth of favourite bush and tree species. This foraging behaviour maintains the open woodlands inhabited by many African ruminants.

Mankind has historically honoured giraffes. African cave paintings included them, probably as favoured prey, and ancient Egyptian art frequently featured giraffe designs. In fact, giraffe tail hairs are still collected for jewellery, and hide is used to make sandals and ceremonial shields. Some tribes treat nose bleeds with the smoke from burning giraffe skin. Unfortunately giraffes antagonize farmers more and more, often when the animals forage on crops and compete with domestic stock for resources. This conflict is likely to escalate in the future as the African human population continues to increase.

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To flagman: Thank you for the kind words...gerhardt 1 07-23 18:38
To Callie: Soos 'n dief in die nag...gerhardt 3 03-18 03:08
To coasties: Thanx for the word...gerhardt 3 03-15 03:41
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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-03-14 3:56]

Hi Gerhard, great shot of mother and baby, well captured, great colours and detail. Well done! Thanks for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-03-14 3:58]

Hi Gerhard!
Excellent pose of both of them. Little one is 'young & restless' ;-) Beautiful piece of Africa - thank you very much! I like your note also.

Stunning work Gerhard. Giraffes are my favourite. This is a beautiful example of this wonderful creature. A nice touching moment too. Where was Mum?

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-14 4:41]

Nice to see dad looking after baby. So the bulls stay with the females and calves.
A lovely African scene Gerhard. Excellent composition and details. Very well shown. TFS.

Hi Gerhard!
Just amazing photo! Make me to drem about Africa, adventure, travels, summer and make me not to think about my job! :-)

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-03-14 5:15]

Superbe image, et très belle scene de vie. Bravo

A real classic Gerhard, the baby up and very alert and dad in caring mode more likely just checking its one of his. A very nice image.

Excellent image Gerhard! That looks like a good strong calf. I've never really noticed the large black plume on their tails before. The patterns on this bull are fantastic too.

Great picture Gerhard.
Nice to have you back again.
You have a winner here. Great composition, POV, very good sharpness and colours. Very high cute-factor. And as usual a very good and informative note.
Excellent work, my friend.

I'm astinish with this beauty...
Simply spectacular photo.
Great Gehard

Superb shot!Sharpness,colors,DOF are great.

What an amazing capture. Truly beautiful. You have captured a special moment between the two. Incredibly factual note as well.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-14 6:31]

Wow!! This is really superb. One of your best pictures imho. I love it all, the colors are fantastic and the details are RAZORSHARP! Great POV & DOF. The oof grass in the fg just adds to the feeling that 'we' are secretly watching this lovely scene. Very well done. TFS! O yeah; great note!

Hy is pragtig... everything is perfect about this.. Great moment. 11/10 !!!

dis goed om jou weer op TN te sien


Technical quality:*****
Wow factor:****

Lovely shot, they are very cute. Not a nit.
Well done.

Hi Gerhard!
Next your amazing photo! Fantastic celebration of framed in nature - absolutely perfect. Great moment, excellent colours and very good details. I really like this photo. Regards Krzysztof.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-03-14 11:50]

Belle composition pour ces grands animaux ! Les couleurs des girafes sont belles et chaleureuses.
Well done !

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-03-14 12:15]

Hij is prachtig Gerhardt,
Prachtige dubbel shot, mooie compositie, schitterende pof, de details zijn echt prachtig en de kleuren goed. Goed werk.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-14 12:29]

Excellent, les couleurs, la netteté, la prise de vue, originalité, le cadrage et la compositions général.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-14 14:11]

Hi Gerhard, gorgeous shot. The care seen is very endearing. It also makes a lovely composition. A very nice piece of work, well done.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-03-14 15:20]

Great shot Gerhard, a tender moment well captured. Great composition, good clarity and excellent note.

Fantastic shot Gerhard, I just love the Giraffes and this scene is so touching. Great POV, excellent details, colour and beautiful details...I really like this, well done.

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  • vero Silver Star Critiquer [C: 44 W: 8 N: 16] (342)
  • [2005-03-14 16:57]

Magnifique! Le mouvement de la photo est très beau. Très original! Merci de partager de si beau moment d'ambiance africaine.

Gerhard, Very nice capture. This is what it's all about. Finding that special moment that conveys the universal language of love..Great work my friend!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-03-14 21:37]

Gerhard, if the picture were mine, the title would be "Take a Bow".

Lovely and cute shot. A great moment well captured by you.

Excelent sharpness, pov and composition.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-03-15 14:39]

It is a perfect composition to my eyes, Gerhard.
I wish this little giraffe will live a long life.
Very well seen and very very well done.

I love giraffe and one day I'll get to Africa to see them in the wild - well that's my dream anyway.
Beautiful image Gerhard, warm tones, great POV and composition. My only nit is the blade of grass in front of the bulls foreleg. But these type shots are often oportunistic and its still a great scene.

Killer Note, soos hulle sê, en so okk vir die baba en sy pa. No nits. HUlle het probeer om Pietta se kar te steel laasnag, gelukkig het die alarm afgegaan en het hulle gevlug! As ek nou 'n renoster was . . .
Lekker bly, ons ry vroeg Saterdag.

Truly touching scene, Gerhard. Nicely composed. You have managed to capture a feeling of closeness between father and offspring not often seen by many. Wonderful detail, lighting and colors. Thank you for sharing this with us.

A wonderful scene of caretaking. The elegance of the giraffes is is stunning as the long lines capture the viewer's
attention. Well done.

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  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-04-15 19:53]

Awwww...I love this for so many reason!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-04-18 21:36]

This is a really sharp and nice shot Gerhard, great details, colour, sharpness and clarity.
Thanks for posting!


Very nice scene, the arch of daddy's neck is nice as are the colors here. The expressions on their faces are great too. Well done.

Wonderful photo, beautiful pose and lovely details.
A lot of contrast and a strangely mauve sky suggests a grad filter was used. Am I right or was the sky really that colour?

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