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Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Eos 300D Digital Rebel, Canon 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Wolf photos, TN Classics, Wolves & Coyotes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-18 4:41
Viewed: 5451
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi All,
First I must THANK all of you who had such nice comments on yesterdays posting and the number of you who choose to make it a favorite. It sure made this old guy very proud.
Todays posting is a Gray Wolf, it is quite similar to a previous posting of the encounter I had with a pack in Jasper a few years ago, buy I recently found a poem I liked very much and wanted to share with you all.

by 3 Hawks

Drums pound as gourd rattles shake in rhythm
with the joyous heart of Earth Mother
Spirits of Earth and Sky loudly rejoice
at birthing of new Wolf pups

Tiny new lives beginning in innocence
their eyes closed to what might be
Gently, as the caress of a Butterfly
Wind Spirits stroke their fur

Sleeping pups, dreaming dreams
of ancestors roaming free
Prairies, mountains, valleys, and streams
were once a home they shared with all

Awaken young pups, and grow strong
for yours is not the path of your ancestors
No longer will you roam wild and free
upon this land that was once theirs

For generations you kept balance among creation
and of close family you lead the way
With stealthy swiftness you move
and protect your family as no other

You are great teachers among earth relations
yet many lies have been spoken of you
Each of you is a gift to all that is
yet many two leggeds would not agree

They would destroy all of you and your young
if only they could secretly find you
Wolf, you live in harmony with our Earth Mother
while two leggeds live in selfish greed

You only take that which you need
but humans would take all they can get
You are strong of mind and heart
while two leggeds are weak and ignorant of your way

You are accused of that which you do not do
but such is the way of the human
Yet, there are few two leggeds left
who fight for you and your own

These are the ones who thrill at the sound of your voice
and whose heart longs to see you if only for a moment
Grow strong young wolves
and pray that the ignorant attain wisdom

With sage, sweetgrass, and cedar,
Native people will honor their Wolf cousins
They know of your strong medicine
and the gifts a Great Spirit has given you

Remember your ancestors and all they once had
while giving thanks to those who would fight for you
Walk in beauty upon the soft face of Earth Mother
and perhaps you will once again roam free

Sidanelai (we are family)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-18 4:49]

Hello Rick,
Wow ! What a wonderful and interesting wolf that you have very well captured ! Nice composition. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
best regards Siggi

Hello Rick
congratulaions indeed. Perfect timing and great shot. Focus wonderful inspite of 1/60 in speed. POV and composition also very nice. your notes also great to read. TFS,well done

Sidanelai must be a Canadian indigenous word which means same as the Lakota word Mitakuye Oyasin directly translated means "We are all related"...that in itself is pretty neat.

The picture alone is well worth the look but adding the words to the poem really bumps it up a notch. Besides being and learning photography...we also appear to be getting better at writing..a TN world full of photojournalists! super Rick!

hello Rick

i did'nt saw yet your yesterday's image, i will go see after this,

this is a superb shot and great timing from you too shoot it at that pose,
very fine POV and vertical framing, and WOW excellent sharpness
with only 1/60 shutter speed, an image that i love, TFS


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-18 9:07]

Hello Rick,

You hace cjosen a very good moment to take this photo with the wolf in a fine pose. Image has a very high quality being very sharp and colors look natural. The blurry background looks fine giving depth to the photo.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Rick,
you managed to take a great picture of the wolf in a
well known pose.
Well composed with good sharpness and details.
Great work.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-10-18 10:39]

Hi Rick,

You SHOULD be proud of those woodpeckers!!! This howling wolf is nothing to sneeze at either. I can almost hear him. I love the way his eyes are closed. He looks great in the tall grasses with the light on his head. His grey and black coat is beautiful. Wonderful setting and composition.


Wow! This has to be one of your best. I love it and am jealous! The only gray wolf I've captured was a mean looking son-of-a-gun! Yours is a real beauty... and then to capture him howling. Super!

At the rate they are shooting wolves in Idaho, Montana & Wyoming they won't be roaming free for long! :(


Evelynn : )

I could almost sell my soul to the devil Rick to see such a scene once in my life :) This is a stunning and impressive capture of one of the most beautiful living creatures on earth! Thanks a lot for sharing it! Greetings from sunny Quebec!

Hi Rick,
Great capture... superb shot of a Gray Wolf in all around.
TFS this beautiful shot. Have a nice time:)


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2008-10-18 15:25]

Superb shot Rick! The pose is excellent, along with the composition and POV. Definitely a masterpiece!

Hi Rick
Great moment. Beautiful photo. I like the grasssy OOF foreground and forest background. Nicely composed sharp image

Hi Rick
Such a powerful and touching poem, it's so true.

To me the wolf is an icon of freedom and wilderness. You've captured what it means to be free and wild in nature. An excellent portrait, colour and composition. Well done...again :D

TFS Janice
So when are we going to get together???

Hello Rick

A superb addition to your iconic Canadian Wildlife gallery.
The timing and pose captured is magnificent.
Very good POV and DOF.
This one is a stand out.


Hello Rick,

Beautiful capture of this grey wolf. Superb composition and excellent timing. Good sharpness. Beautiful natural colours.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-10-20 12:58]

WOW!! What an amazing and marvellous capture!! I can almost hear the howl. I really love it!
Thank you very much for sharing.

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