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Greener on the other side

Greener on the other side
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Copyright: Reinier van Gijsen (moemf) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-23
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D50, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4~f/5.6G
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-22 9:40
Viewed: 8767
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the heat of the Northern Botswana summer the Leopard tortoise (Geochelone Pardalis) is well adapted. The tortoise crossed the sand track in front of us and I took the opportunity to get some shots. Here he is feeding on the road-side grass. It seems the expression of Grass being greener on the other side also applies to animals other than humans.


Common name: Leopard Tortoise
Scientific: Geochelone Pardalis
Afrikaans name: Bergskilpad
Zulu Name: Ufudu

Length: Biggest land tortoise in area 30-45cm but can grow to 70cm.

Carapace not hinged and also lacks nuchal shield. Old animals can be grey/brown without any remaining markings.

Widespread habitat includes Fynbos, grassland, bushveld and arid savanna.

Food: Grass (as here), plants, bones and hyaena and elephants faeces.

Reproduction: Up to 6 clutches of 6-15 eggs in summer hatching 10-15 months later.

(Info: Sasol First Field Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa.)


Photo Information:

Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Nikkor 70-300mm
Focal length: 70mm
F-stop: f8
Speed: 1/500s
Metering: Center Weighted Average
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0

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Hi Reiner,
The low POV is very good.
Nice colours and good details.
Well done.

Great looking animal.
I just ask myself from time to time how this slow moving and quite inoffensive animal survived on the earth such a long time?

Regards, Petru

Hello Reinier,
a nice capture. Composition is great and good colours too. A good one, very well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-01-22 14:34]

Hi Reinier!

Look out! It's ready to attack you :-) I like this POV. Very nice animal, I like leaf in its mouth. Green, sunny, detailed shot.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-01-22 15:34]

Reinier, this is very nice.

Excellent colors, pov and composition.

I like dof too.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-01-22 18:25]

Hi Reiner,
Great shot!
Very good POV and excellent detail.
Well done and thanks!

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2006-01-23 1:36]

Well done on this one. Nicely framed with green grass on either side. I like the leaf in the mouth, shows action (albeit slow). Good POV & DOF. Good colour balance.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-01-24 5:32]

Nice portrait of this tortoise, great detail and colour. I like his expression and the fact he has still got food around his mouth. TFS.

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2006-02-21 9:24]

Nice catch. good framing.

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