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Golden Tree Snake for Bayram

Golden Tree Snake for Bayram
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-23
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications to Bayram [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-23 2:40
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Common names: Golden Tree Snake, Ornate Flying Snake, Golden Flying Snake (more).

My respect and apreciation to Prof. Bayram for his deep knowledge in reptiles too and his support for me. This one is for you.
Hope everyone like this challenging shot. ( For me it is a real initial challenge )
Thanks for reading this post, as Im still cold with the challenge of having an eye to eye meeting with this guy. Im not an expert on snakes as well as other species too. This capture is the result of my love for nature, I appreciate its beauty and style. But the snake's look is very threatening to me.
The proximity is about one metre. It is an unintentional. I was looking for bulbuls at the tree near my kitchen window as they were noisy lots, and along with rocking robins. They were making noise because they see this snake. I did not know his presence. Then oly I saw him dangling.
This is it. I have a certain degree of fear also, though it is very small, thumbsize.
But snake makes me very chilly.
The Malay word is "ular daun " or ular pokok meaning leaf snakes or tree snake.
I discovered that it is Golden Tree Snake ,and indeed he is golden.
This is from Wiki- CORRECT ME IF IM WRONG

Chrysopelea ornata is a colubrid snake found in South and Southeast Asia. This species is unique in that it is capable of a type of gliding flight. It is also rear-fanged. Currently, three subspecies are recognized, including the typical form described here. The snake's striking looks and capability of gliding make it a popular choice for captivity.
Chrysopelea ornata is usually green in color, with black cross-hatching and yellow or gold colored accents. The body, though slender, is far less so than in other tree snakes. It has a flattened head with constricted neck, a blunt nose and large eyes with round pupils.[1]

The lateral, sharp and pronounced keeled condition of the ventrals in association with the normal, not enlarged, vertebral row of scales distinguish this snake. The snakes rarely exceed 40 inches in length, the smallest being measured at 115mm[4] and the largest being 1,360 mm (4 ft 51/2 in) long. The tail is about one-fourth of the total length.[1]

Chrysopelea ornata has two major colour forms, which are largely determined by geographic locality, and their descriptions are given below:[1]

In Sri Lanka and southern extent of its Indian range, the snake is primarily greenish yellow or pale green. Each scale has a black mesial streak or spot, and is more or less edged with black. The snake also has dark crossbars at intervals. A series of large, flower-shaped, reddish or orange vertebral spots may be present or absent. Ventrals greenish, outside the keel edged with black or spotted. Head black with vellow crossbars and spots. The flower-shaped spots are commoner in Sri Lanka than in south India.

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hello Foozi
very good subject in this yellow background
best regards

salam akhi Foozi
what a nice capture, with superb shot. Focus, POV/OOF and composition great, but colors also splendid. Thanks for sharing this beauty.
After one month break, I came back to TN family, restarting after stolen photographes.
Best regards my brother

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-23 3:42]

Hello Foozi
Nice work with this snake, good details, beautiful colors and good light.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-23 4:13]

Hi Foozi,
Beautiful capture and dedication for our friend Bayram.I liked POV,pose of snake,harmonious colors,lighting and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

ouaaaahhhh !
What a capture Foozi !
Are you still alife ?
Super posture could not be better

Indeed breath-taking.
Splendid photograph. Must have required quitesome guts to approach the reptile.



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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-02-23 5:02]

Hello Foozi,
Great snake-shot! I never would have had the courage to take this kind of picture on such a short distance! The composition is excellent and the colors help to create an extraordinary picture.
I think I will add it to my favourites, having again some possibilities
Best regards

Hello Foozi,
what a spectacular captute of this snake taken from an excellent POV with superb sharpness, very good timing in a marvellous composition, i like the blurred BG and the very beautiful warm colours.
Best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-23 5:53]

Hello Foozi,
A fine capture of a Golden Tree Snake. You were lucky to be able to take such a close shot and with fine sharpness that makes it stant out against the similarly coloured OOF BG. Nicely composed on the tree trunk.
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2009-02-23 6:09]

Ya Foozi,
Assalamualia kum,
Snake in many societies are known as enemy element but many Hindu do praise but you shot well and let the Hindus praise this.
Well shot,

hello Foozi
super picture
great composition
beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-02-23 6:30]

Merhaba Foozi,
Her ne kadar sevimli görünmeye çalışsa da bu yılanlar bana hep ürkütücü gelmiştir. Bunları fotoğraf karesinden izlemek sanırım benim için daha iyi olacak. Işık, netlik ve detaylar açısından başarılı bir sunum olmuş. Aynı zamanda güzel bir hediye.


Ooohhh, woooow, that's fantastic, Foozi, such a great moment, I love the frontal look and those beautiful colours, brilliant, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

ciao Foozi!
a warm bg for this beautiful capture in action...nice pose and vivid details of this Golden Tree Snake......

best sERGIO

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-02-23 11:06]

Hello Foozi !
Suxh a wonderful picture ! I love the vivid colors, and the way this cute snake is loking directly at you ! Great eye contact ! Composition and POV are splendid too, as well as the blurred BG ! Very pleasant to look at ! Very well done !

wow , beautiful capture and nice presentation ,
wonderful colours , fine details and perfect sharp ,
well done !

Hello foozi
wonderful shot of this golden tree snake,
great POV, i like his pose very much
superb colors and composition
very well done

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-23 11:51]

Hi Foozi. A nice dedication to our friend i am sure he will like it very much. You have taken a first class head on picture of the Snake. Which has fine detail and bright colours. we can see all of the makings so well. TFS.

Hi Dear Friend Foozi,
Thanks a lot for this pleasant dedication to me. i loved and apreciated it MF!. You took its shoot expertly MF. Unfortunately i upload my shots on Facebook till all problems resolved.
TFS this beauty MF!


A very pleasant capture of an inquisitive looking snake Foozi, Bayram surely loved this one, a finely exposed image in sharp focus and warm colours. TFS indeed my friend!

Great capture of this tree snake Foozi.
Good compo & colour.
TFS & Cheers

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-24 9:05]

Hi Foozi.
Fantastic shot by subject and quality. Eye-contact is unbelievable and the most impressive. I also amazed with beautifulness of the BG, fine curve of snake body and details of the main character and tree branch. Well done and compliments.

Hello Foozi.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.
Very good details.

Jose Luis.

Oh, what a great pose of the snake! MF, this is wonderful. Although You were quite excited by the meeting (and we all absolutely understand it), the focus and other settings became excellent. Also the composition, background etc. Masterful work. Bravo.
Regards, László

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