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Queen of the mountains

Queen of the mountains
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Copyright: Adrian Rusu (roges) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-21
Categories: Mountain
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 2, Bayram's Favourites-III, Alpine landscapes (Switzerland) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-02 15:16
Viewed: 3784
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear colleagues, I shall give .... Queen rocks and mountains.
It suddenly appeared ... looked and then a minute and disappeared.
I managed to capture this apparition.
Picture I made it on set to Gornergrat (3089m).
I hope you will like you too.
Many cordial Greetings from Germany.


The Alpine ibex (Capra ibex) is a ruminant of the size of a goat (about a meter and a half long), but quite typical because of the knotted, long (up to meters) and heavy horns standing (even 15 pounds) to form of scimitar. The horns of the female serve only to defend their young and are rather short and pointed. The summer coat is gray or brown-gray with a black stripe on his belly, winter is clearer. Their structure is the same as the chamois, then there are rings and accruing annual and can therefore accurately assess age. On the horns of the males is also observed that the rings of "ornament" that increase usually every 2 years, however, is not an absolute rule. In the ibex hooves are broad and flexible articulation with independent adapted to travel on rocky slopes and impervious. Males have a sort of beard under the chin. In winter, to improve protection from the cold, you develop a thick fluff that animals lose later in the spring (when descending toward the valley floor to coincide with the season of play) rubbing against the rocks.
Yes eats the leaves, buds, branches, bark, lichen and conifer needles. Excellent climber and jumper, no distrust and bring you leave, because an animal is protected for a long time and is so accustomed to his presence - The rings of horn, will show the annual growth and hence the age. The male adult is impressive and the season of love, struggle mighty horn blows with their rivals and the noise of duels you hear from far away.
Males and females, usually in summer separate, the females remain with the young and the males form small Aggruppamento, while in winter sight also mixed flocks.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-02 15:58]

Hola Adrian,
sorprendente panorámica,
hermoso pov/dof.
bonitos detalles y compo.

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  • danar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 57 W: 0 N: 17] (273)
  • [2009-12-02 16:13]

Hello Adrian .

Cum sa nu ne placa o asa compozitie ???
Frumosi munti ! Capritza , sta acolo ca o regina pe teritoriu ei . :)
Splendide culori si deosebit de frumos peisaj !


If this is for real, then it is one very big surprising capture!!!! Benefit of the doubt I shall give you and in that one of the most spectacular chances of luck I have seen outside of magazines and art work. Surely you must tell us more!

hello Adrian

i am not familiar with Europeen wild animals but i think this is
or is it a Bouquetin des alpes ? this kind of photo Adrian it is
another kind that i love, wild animals or birds being small in
the frame and all around in the photo their habitat/environment,

TFS alot


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-02 21:42]

Salut Adrian
superba, nu sunt prea multe de spus. Mai astept si altele.
O zi frumoasa.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-02 22:32]

Good Morning Adrian,
A fine capture of a snowy mountain scene, the shape of the vally and the snow almost looks like a glacier. The Appearance of the Chamoise on the bear rock on the left is great and is the main focal point of this fine composition.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2009-12-02 23:26]

Lieber Adrian,
ein ganz feines Alpenbild ist Dir gelungen. Unglaublich, der Steinbock, der wie wir die Gletscherwand zu besichtigen scheint. Die roten, abgedorrten Mannsschilder (Androsace). Das Ganze ist in ein unwirkliches Licht getaucht. Sehr gekonnt, Adrian!

Beste Grüsse

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-02 23:55]

Hi Adrian,
Splendid landscape.Well seen and composed.POV,large DOF,framing and 3D effect are also perfect.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

Hello Adrian! Amazing landscape. Wonderful POV and composition. Perfect exposure. Nice colours. Good focus. Well done!

Wow Adrian,

Awesome mountain range with glimps of this animal. Very nice prtrait. Very well done


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-03 0:30]

Hello Adrian,
The Cornergratgletcher is a very beautiful gletcher. This photo is the evidence of it. Wonderful panorama with a perfect DOF. The serow is very big bonus and completed the composition in a fantastic way. Great photo!

Hi Adrian
A fine shot! Scenes like this sometimes need something in the foreground to give them perspective and the goat has provided this. Great detail and well exposed.
Kind Regards

Hallo Adrian!

Da hast du aber schöne Eindrücke aus der Schweiz mit nach Hause gebracht. Das Bild ist dir mit dem äusserst interessanten Vordergrund auch gut gelungen. Wir erhalten einen angenehmen und eindrucksvollen Einblick sowohl in die Berg- als auch in die Tierwelt.

Liebe Grüsse


Ciao Adrian,
una bellissima cattura di questo splendido Camoscio delle Alpi in uno scenario incantevole, eccellent composizione
Grazie e complimenti
Buona giornata
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Adrian,
Very beautiful capture! Nice that you were ready to take this shot, with a great DOF and very nice colors. Best regards,

Ciao Adrian. Spectacular imponent dephting winter mountainscape with excintging light and sight colours. What magnificent POV!


E superba imaginea asta a ta,cu capra uitandu-se la acest minunat peisaj.Felicitari pentru captura.
O seara frumoasa.Alin.

Waw...ce captura de carte postala:muntele,zapada si gheata, capra neagra,putin din cerul albastru,si parca si o urma de ghetar.
Ce nu ai spus este cum ai facut-o.
Tu te-ai cocotat pana acolo?
Oricum calde felicitari!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-12-03 12:26]

Fantastic peisaj, o compozitie foarte buna, culori si detalii deosebite! Numai bine,

Hi Adrian,

Incredible beautiful winter scene with the Queen of the mountains:). I always feel close all goats to my heart and i loved this shot so much. It is going on my theme of favorite TFS and heve a nice night MF!

Ps. sorry for green smile, i consumed the daily reserved ones early tonight. Hope you do not mind this:(

3 images ... all in one BEAUTIFUL frame.
The LIVE animal, the snowy mountains, plus the GREAT LANDSCAPE view of that whole area.
Picture postcard PERFECT!!!
Was worth posting.
Mario from the COLD in Canada.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2009-12-03 16:58]

Hello Adrian,
So much detail to look at here. Very nice sharpness and texture of the snow and rock formation. The sheep/goat add a little liveliness to the composition as well as give a sense of scale. Contrast can be just a tiny bit stronger. Very good work. Many wonderful shots in your gallery. Congrats.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-12-04 3:47]

Lieber Adrian,
Der Steinbock kam ins Bild, wie bestellt..das nennt man Glück. Im Wallis sieht man diese Tiere wieder öfters, der Bestand hat sich merklich vermehrt. Ein schönes Bild, wie gemalt, eine noch heile Welt,aber für wie lange? Gratuliere zu diesem gelungenen Bild.
Herzlich grüsst und wünscht ein schönes Wochenende

Ciao Adrian, superb mountain landscape with lovely queen in great pose, fantastic capture, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Adrian,

This is a great capture with such graceful colors & natural settings. Lovely POV, pose & BG. Very well taken & presented.

TFS & regards


Hello Adrian,

Excellent photo.
Light,focus and details are fantastic.
Great composition.

Witaj Adrian,
Miales szczescie i refleks, wspaniala postac koziorozca na tle tych pieknych gor. To zwierze jest ozdoba tego srodowiska, wie, ze trzeba trzymac sie z daleka od czlowieka. Wspaniala notka edukacyjna.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-08 12:14]

Hello Adrian,
Great to see some snow and a glacier(?) and a Chamoise at that height too! Fantastic capture!! Magical colours too and very well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Bonsoir Adrian.

Merci pour cette magnifique photographie, qui en contient deux : la montagne et le glacier d'une part ; le bouquetin d'autre part, sur les rochers au bord du précipice, dans son attitude habituelle.

Bravo d'être parvenu à capturer cet ensemble somptueux et ce moment exceptionnel.

A bientôt.


Buna Adrian,
Excelent cadru, un peisaj frumos in care si reusit sa surprinzi foarte bine mediul de viata al acestor vietuitoare. Felicitari pentru cadru!

Buna Adrian,
Trebuie sa admit ca mai intai m-a furat peisajul iar de-abia dupa aia am vazut si capra sus pe stinca:)
Ce Dumnezeu pot sa manince acolo, ma depaseste...Poza e excelenta dupa parerea mea...si a multor altora,vad.

Hi Adrian,

an very nice picture from the gletcher and the Ibex.
Very good pov and fine colours.
World shot.


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