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Mother and baby

Mother and baby
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): family life [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-16 4:51
Viewed: 4640
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After almost 2 month of absence, I am back on TN ! There were many different reasons that kept me away from this place, the main one was the lack of time - there should be at least 3 hours more each day ! :-) But I missed TN and all its people. This is the friendliest web site I know, there are some friends here I really like, and I have tons of pictures on my computer, just waiting to be shared with other nature lovers ! :-) So I decided to take some time and to post again. I'm so happy to be back !

This is a picture I have taken some weeks ago, in the Zoo of Amneville. It is an arcic wolf female with her baby. Their story is quite interesting. Last year she got some babies but she didn't take care of them, so another female did. She was older and more experienced with babies. She fed them and raised them, and everything was perfect.

This year, this mother got some new babies, but this time she wanted to take care of them. When the adoptive mother realized that she would not get these new babies, she attacked the real mother and tried to steal them from her - he mother instinct was so strong that she HAD to care for some babies. They had a short fight and finally the real mother, that you can see on the picture, kept her babies. Even if the scars on her face look impressive, the zoo keeper said it's nothing serious, juste some scratches.

The photo is far from perfect - not sharp enough, dark and a bit noisy, but I really like it. It shows a lovely scene between a mother and her baby. And wolves belong to my favourite animals.

I hope you enjoy it, and thank you for all your comments and critiques !

ramthakur, ridvan, mikou, jmp, garyfudge, Alex99, nglen, jcoowanitwong, SunToucher, SkyF, jeanpaul, dew77, oscarromulus, erve, Roynsam, boreocypriensis, anemone has marked this note useful
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Valerie, we have missed you a great deal here on TN in the past couple of months. Hope you were fruitfully busy elsewhere.

Thanks for posting this wonderful picture today.
Though the mother looks badly bruised, it feels good to know that it is nothing serious and that she is actually quite fine.
Your story told succinctly but effectively, carries the message loud and clear -- maternal instinct is the greatest life force.
The picture with the cute little pup snuggling against its mother is simply adorable.
Well done and keep posting whenever you find time.

selam valerie; excellent close up shot of this wolf familiy,good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with nice colours TFS

Hello Valerie,
I was sorry to miss you but happy to see you drop by once in a while...!
And what a comeback! A wonderful capture of a tender moment but still hoolding all the drama of nature!
Very well done!
Pablo -

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-16 6:53]

Hi Valerie.
I see really with pleasure your new the picture here.
Beautiful capture with strong story.Great POV,nice composition and good details and colors.I like pose this baby which you pretty caught.Well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-16 7:56]

Hola Valerie,
Bella y emotiva historia acompañada por una foto bonita foto. No está tan mal como dices y la pose y el conjunto es perfecto.
Gracias por tus amables palabras dirigidas a la comunidad.
José Miguel

Her battle scars are certainly still showing,

there's a very tender feel captured in this image Valerie.
It's a lovely composition.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-16 13:55]

Hi Valerie.
You are always with us. Don’t worry.
I like that you have many photos and time to share them. This one is so touching and nice (as well as the note). You have pictured a so impressive scene and have reflected the mood of this family very well. Bravo and my kind regards.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-16 16:17]

Hi valerie. nice shot of the pair, good detail and colour. very good eye contact. a nice POV. very well done TFS. good notes to.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-16 16:27]

Hello Valerie,
Beautiful scane.Well caught,framed and composed.I liked clear eyes and expression on her face also a lot.Have a great weekend!

Hello Valerie,
Great to see your picture again. This nice tender moment is well captured. Lovely pov and composition. Thanks for your informative note. This she wolf is finally mature with strong mother instinct.

Hi Valerie,
A wonderful sweet moment with what seems a very proud mother. I am glad to read that the mother does want to care for her babies this time. The scars are a good evidence for her determination.
Glad to see you back in action.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-18 8:09]

Bonjour Valerie,
nice having you back.
Wonderful shot, you captured a very tender moment.
Very well composed with excellent composition and fine sharp detail.

Bonjour Valérie
Bon retour sur le site ,moi aussi j'étais absent depuis quellques semaines
Très joli portrait de ce loup d'artic avec son bébé,la composition est très belle et les couleurs et les détails sont très jolis.
Merci et au revoir....JP

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-18 12:18]

Hello Valerie, and Welcome back! what a great portrait of mother son, they have a sad look in their faces or a thinking look, either way congratulations in a fine capture, great POV and composition..well done

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-19 10:11]

Hello Valerie

A very interesting story.Arctic wolf culture is very unique ,and their behaviour can be brutal.The shot is very endearing.The pose of mother with young is excellent,and the wounds give the impression of the protective mother.Very well done,TFS


First of all WELCOME back. Am SOOOOOOOO happy to see you.
Your notes "touched" me to the core: "A MOTHERS LOVE".
The image is not bad at all; the clarity is of excellent quality. Great focusing too.
Al in all... A1.
Best regards from Canada from Mario.

un peu de flou mais une photo pleine de douceur et tres jolie.

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  • erve Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 3 N: 131] (620)
  • [2007-08-01 6:41]

hi valerie

this really is a touching scene, mum looks like shes been in one hell of a fight, i guess the meaternal instinct is strong in all animals.
good note too.


Hi Valerie

What an excellent photo and such a great note to go with it.
Female wolves have a very strong mothering instinct, although sometimes, younger ones do reject their young.
In the wild state, only the Alpha male and female breed, but all the pack will take care of the young.
The wolf will retain its instincts even in captivity and maybe this young female was not the alpha of the captive pack, therefore she was disciplined by the real alpha female.
You can see such behaviours even in domesticated dogs.
I once had a Doberman that stole kittens from the mother cats bed when she ventured out.
I used to have to get them back out of her kennel and put them back with the distressed mother cat.
Anyway, its a great photo of a beautiful subject.



Hi MF Val,

What a lovely capture of this mom and her baby wolfs from nice POV with excellent clarity, lit and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice WE MF!


Hi Valerie. Excellent capture of this cute baby and mother from nice pov.
Details and composition are great.
TFS. Kind regards,

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